Woodworking Classes

    • Monday, July 09, 2018
    • Friday, July 20, 2018
    • 10 sessions
    • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO070918JD
    • 2

    Registration is now closed for this class.


    For anyone ages 12-15

    This BARN boatbuilding class is offered in an exciting collaboration with Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park and Recreation so that you can build your own boat -- and then learn to sail it too. In the BARN class, you will be learning how to build the Puddle Duck Racer. (PDRacer) a racing sailboat that is the easiest boat in the world to build. The simple hull can be made from 3 sheets of plywood, some glue, and fasteners. You will be able to build this complete sailboat in 2 weeks.

    Then join your classmates on the water and learn to sail your PDRacer through the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park and Recreation District's program.

    Beginners are completely welcome as this is an introductory sailing course, no sailing experience is necessary. Participants will learn how to rig, launch, sail, and dock their Puddle Ducks while exploring our local Bainbridge waters.  To register to sail your PDRacer, click here. or call BI Parks & Rec office at (206) 842-2306 x1 and reference activity #430710-01.

    There will be an added Materials fee of $400 to the price of the class when you register. 

    • Please bring this permission slip to the first day of class.
    • Minimal financial assistance available. Please apply here.
    • If you would like BARN to know any specific information about your child's allergies or learning needs, please email Julie Leung: julie@bainbridgebarn.org

    Instructor:

    Jim Dagata, an outdoor enthusiast, was raised near the water, and he has spent most of his life around water. College life ended with a degree in Marine Science Biology before moving West to work. He spent ten seasons teaching outdoor experiential education for Pacific Crest Outward Bound School out of Central Oregon, educating students ages 13- 60 on rivers and in the mountains. Jim has built hollow wood surfboards, cajón drums, and a number of other wood projects. After being out of experiential education for some time, life changes have brought him back to teaching, this time in the woodshop and back on the water mentoring mostly youth. You may see Jim around Bainbridge this Summer on the water, sailing or paddling some type of craft or with his Border Collie, Hobie, riding in the sidecar of his motorcycle.



    • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • BARN Woodworking Studio
    • 1

    If you build or repair guitars, ukuleles, or other stringed instruments — or want to — you are invited to our free weekly gathering for luthiers. Ask questions, share tips, and use BARN's growing collection of luthier tools as you work alongside  others on your instruments.

    This special interest group meets each Wednesday from 6-9 pm in the bench room unless a class is scheduled there, in which case it will move to a nearby space.

    If you have questions or comments for the group leader, Doug Salot, please use this form to contact him.

    NOTE: These sessions may need to be canceled occasionally. Check the woodworking calendar for any updates.

    • Thursday, July 19, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • BARN Woodshop, Class Code: WO071918JH
    • 6
    Register

    Learn basic safety principles of key woodworking power tools with the goal of being checked out to use them during the Woodworking Studio's 30 hours a week of Open Studio time. To use the shop during Open Studio time, you will also need to attend our free one-hour Orientation to the Woodshop class. Please see the Woodshop calendar for scheduled orientations.

    Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1 will qualify you to use the following tools during open shop time and in classes that require certification in these tools:

    • Table saw
    • Planers
    • Jointer
    • Chop saw
    • Scroll saw
    • Drill press

    You will get more out of this class if you first view videos that cover these tools. See them by clicking on this link. (Hint: You can go back to these at any time to review safety protocols. Find them on the BARN website, BainbridgeBARN.org, by clicking on the Woodshop page, under the "Studio" menu.)

    Details:

    Please dress in the same way you will be expected to do when you use the shop for open studio time. That means:
    • Wear close-toe shoes.
    • Bring and wear safety glasses.
    • Wear hearing protectors when warranted; bring your own or use BARN's.
    • Tie back long hair. Avoid loose-fitting clothing and dangly jewelry; roll up sleeves.
    Instructor:  Joshua Haza
    • Saturday, July 21, 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • BARN Woodshop, Class Code WO072118JS
    • 1
    Register

    Effective and enjoyable woodturning is dependent on sharp tools that have quality profiles. Learn to sharpen the tools you need to turn spindles, bowls and other projects on the wood lathe.

    This class is strongly recommended for students enrolled in Introduction to Woodturning and is required for any turners who wish to use BARN turning tools on an ongoing basis. You will receive hands-on training for sharpening gouges (spindle and bowl), and a brief overview of sharpening other tools such as parting tools, skews and scrapers.

    Details:

    • You can bring one or two of your own tools to work on, or use BARN's tools.
    • Short-sleeve or tight-cuff tops and close-toe and comfortable shoes are required.  No jewelry other than "button-type" earrings for women is allowed, so no rings, bracelets, necklaces. Long hair must be tied back.
    • There is an additional Materials Fee of $5.00 that will be added to the class cost when you register.

    Instructor: Jamie Straw has been turning wood for about three years, working on both spindle and bowl projects, and has taught woodturning at BARN since July 2017.  She is currently Vice President for Education and Training for the local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. Her focus is on helping students, especially new turners, build skills progressively as they design and create fun woodturning projects.

    • Monday, July 23, 2018
    • Tuesday, July 24, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Woodshop. Class code: WO072318JS
    • 0
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    Get started in your woodturning adventure with this two-session beginner's class, where you’ll learn how to create the basic shapes involved in both spindle and bowl turning.

    In Session 1, you will  turn basic spindle shapes as you learn about woodturning safety, technique and how to use the tools with good body mechanics — all important to building a foundation to launch your turning skills. Tools you will use: spindle roughing gouge, spindle gouge and parting tool.

    In Session 2, you will learn more about spindle turning as you make a bottle stopper. You will learn about design elements and balance, using a mandrel system for securing material, and the use of a template and calipers.. Additional tools used will be a negative rake scraper and calipers. All of these skills will prepare you for other turning efforts such as turning bowls and boxes.

    Details:

    • A Materials Fee of $15 will be added to the price of class when you register. The materials fee includes spindle stock and finishing supplies. 
    • Clothing: Short-sleeve or tight-cuff tops; closed and comfortable shoes.  No jewelry other than small earrings  (no rings, bracelets, necklaces). Long hair must be tied back.

    Instructor: Jamie Straw has been turning wood for about three years, working on both spindle and bowl projects, and has taught woodturning at BARN since July 2017.  She is currently Vice President for Education and Training for the local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. Her focus is on helping students, especially new turners, build skills progressively as they design and create fun woodturning projects.

    • Monday, July 23, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO081418MG
    • 23
    Register

    Designed as a user's guide to BARN's Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio, this free orientation session is required for all who wish to work in the Woodworking Studio. It will cover everything from shop etiquette to specifics of how to use the shop's dust collection and compressed air systems. Overall BARN policies, as well as shop-specific ones, will also be covered. 

    Participants will also learn about the leadership structure within the shop and about opportunities to participate in helping everything run smoothly. Volunteer jobs range from serving as safety monitors to helping on Maintenance Mondays.

    This class is free, but please register so we know how many to expect.

    • Tuesday, July 24, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • BARN Woodshop. Class code WP072418OB
    • 0
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    If you sew or know someone who does, here's a chance to make an elegant seam ripper as you also learn basic safety procedures when using a wood lathe and carbide turning tools.  You will also learn basic concepts of turning small wooden objects.  You will also learn to use a drill press to prepare your turning blanks.

    Details:

    • Beginners are welcome.
    • Students are encouraged, not required, to take the free, one-hour Orientation to the Woodshop class prior to registering.
    • An additional fee of $20 to cover materials will be collected online when you register and pay.
    Class Fee:
    • Members: $60.00
    • Non-members: $72.00
    Instructor: Oscar Barbo has been a woodworker and turner for more than 30 years. Oscar is well traveled, learning his turning in Hawaii, where he relished making pens from the local Koa wood. He often uses rare woods and non-wood materials like bone and antler. He is looking to share his skills while promoting pen design.
    • Friday, July 27, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • BARN Woodshop, Class Code WO072718CFG+JH
    • 12
    Register
    Get checked out on the Woodworking Studio's major power tools not covered in the Tools 1 safety checkout class. Provided you have also attended our free Orientation to the Woodshop class, completing Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2 will qualify you to use the following tools during Open Studio time or in classes that have this as a prerequisite:
    • Router and router table
    • Mortising machine
    • Edge sander
    • Laguna wide-belt sander
    • Band saws

    You will get more out of this class if you first view videos that cover these tools. See them by clicking on this link. (Hint: You can go back to these at any time to review safety protocols. Find them on the BARN website, BainbridgeBARN.org, by clicking under the "Studio" menu on the woodshop page.)

    Please dress in the same way you will be expected to do when you use the shop for Open Studio. That means:

    • Wear close-toe shoes.
    • Bring and wear safety glasses.
    • Wear hearing protectors when warranted; bring your own or use BARN's.
    • Avoid loose-fitting clothing and dangly jewelry; roll up sleeves. Tie back long hair.

    Instructors: Carol Fiedler Kawaguchi and Jeanne Huber


    • Saturday, July 28, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO072818MG
    • 25
    Register

    Designed as a user's guide to BARN's Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio, this free orientation session is required for all who wish to work in the Woodworking Studio. It will cover everything from shop etiquette to specifics of how to use the shop's dust collection and compressed air systems. Overall BARN policies, as well as shop-specific ones, will also be covered. 

    Participants will also learn about the leadership structure within the shop and about opportunities to participate in helping everything run smoothly. Volunteer jobs range from serving as safety monitors to helping on Maintenance Mondays.

    This class is free, but please register so we know how many to expect.

    • Monday, July 30, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • BARN Woodworking Studio, Class Code: WO073018BS
    • 1
    Register

    Learn to make hollow wooden vessels on a lathe in this intermediate-level woodturning class. The process is tricky because much of wood that needs to be removed is out of sight. This class will teach you the clever work-aroounds. To enroll in this class, you must have taken BARN's  Introduction to Turning and Introduction to Bowl Turning classes or demonstrate equivalent experience (see below).

    Hollow form turning is done with green wood, from a  recently felled tree. You will learn how to select the section of a log best suited to turning into a hollow vessel. The instructor will provide blanks of green wood that have  already been cut to size. You will then mount the blank on a lathe and turn the outside shape.

    To create the interior recess, you will use hollowing tools that are sometimes called boring bars.  Safety will be stressed.

    The instructor will demonstrate how to finish-sand a completed vessel, but because green wood is being used, you will need to complete this step later, after the wood has dried. You can do this at home or in the BARN Woodworking Studio during open studio time.

    Details:

    • Students must have taken BARN's Introduction to Turning and Introduction to Bowl Turning classes, or demonstrated equivalent lathe safety and turning skills during a private studio session. If you have not taken these classes,  contact Jamie Straw, (360) 551-9233, and arrange a review session at least 10 days before you register.
    • Students must also have attended Orientation to the Woodshop before registering for this class.
    • A materials fee of $15, to cover two bowl blanks (each approximately 6 to 8 inches in diameter) and shop supplies, will be added to the class fee when you register and pay.

    Instructor: Brad Stave began working with wood at the age of 5 when he received his first toolbox. After graduating from college, he remained true to his heart. Brad realized that working with wood was not enough and wanted to share his love through teaching. Brad taught graphic arts in Mukilteo, WA, and then moved to Wyoming, where he taught woodworking to Arapaho and Shoshone Native American children in grades 3 to 8.  

    In 1985, Brad moved to California, where he started a new job and became a father of a baby daughter.  Sensing her husband's need to find an avenue to work with wood, his wife, Silvia, bought him a wood lathe. And from that point on, Brad knew he had found his niche. Brad says, “Of all the creative endeavors I have pursued, wood turning has been the most rewarding, it is the pursuit of my heart.” In 2006 Brad moved back home to the Pacific Northwest, where Gig Harbor is now home. 


    • Tuesday, July 31, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • BARN Woodworking Studio, Class Code: WO073118JD
    • 12
    Register

    Interested in being a safety monitor in the Woodworking Studio at BARN? This three-hour free class is a key step in the process.

    This class will explain the safety monitor program and the responsibilities of a shop monitor. BARN and woodshop policies will be covered. Discussion will include safety of users; safe operation of tools; woodshop systems including lighting and dust collection; and procedures for cleanup and for opening and closing the shop for open studio time.

    Once you complete this class, you will need to “shadow” a monitor for one shift before you can be certified as a monitor.

    Prerequisites: To take this class, you must be a BARN member and have already taken Orientation to the Woodshop, Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1, and Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2.

    Instructor:  Joe Dunstan has been a woodworker for 20 years and has built his own house.  He manages the safety monitor program for the  shop.

    • Wednesday, August 01, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • BARN Woodworking Studio
    • 1

    If you build or repair guitars, ukuleles, or other stringed instruments — or want to — you are invited to our free weekly gathering for luthiers. Ask questions, share tips, and use BARN's growing collection of luthier tools as you work alongside  others on your instruments.

    This special interest group meets each Wednesday from 6-9 pm in the bench room unless a class is scheduled there, in which case it will move to a nearby space.

    If you have questions or comments for the group leader, Doug Salot, please use this form to contact him.

    NOTE: These sessions may need to be canceled occasionally. Check the woodworking calendar for any updates.

    • Wednesday, August 01, 2018
    • Friday, August 03, 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • BARN Woodworking Studio, Class Code: WO080118JH
    • 6
    Register

    Make a hardwood knife block customized to house your specific knives as you hone your woodworking skills in this beginner-level class.

    You will be able to choose vertical or horizontal configurations, the number and size of slots, and the type of wood used from a selection of domestic and exotic lumber  that the instructor will bring. This class is a good opportunity to practice 3D thinking as you visualize the cuts and assembly steps.

    You will learn to work safely as you use the table saw to make rip and dado cuts, the jointer to plane square sides, the chop saw to make miter cuts, the belt sander to smooth the base and the router table to chamfer or round over edges.

    Details:

    • Open to beginners ages 14+.
    • In addition to the class fee, a materials fee of $29 to cover wood and shop supplies will be collected when you register and pay online.
    • Like other introductory classes at BARN, this class is designed to help you learn to use tools safely and independently. No experience is necessary, but before the first session, please review the safety videos for the tools that will be used in this class. The videos may be found at this link.

    Instructor: Joshua Haza has been building furniture for his home and doing home renovations for a few decades now.  He also likes to build physics equipment for his high school physics classes.



    • Monday, August 06, 2018
    • Friday, August 10, 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • BARN, Woodworking Studio, Class Code: WO0818WC-1
    • 3
    Register
    For youth ages 13 - 18

    Students will build a classic Adirondack Chair from local cedar wood. You will learn to use band saws, miter (chop) saws, routers, sanders, and drills. Proper tool usage and safety will be practiced and reviewed.  You will start out with a stack of cedar boards and take home your own Adirondack Chair at the end of the week.    

    Materials Fee of $100 will be added at the time of registration.

    Important Notes:

    • Please bring this permission slip to the first day of class.
    • Minimal financial assistance available. Please apply here.
    • If you would like BARN to know any specific information about your child's allergies or learning needs, please email Julie Leung: julie@bainbridgebarn.org
    • Please dress appropriately for working in the Woodshop: close-toed shoes, long pants, hair tied back.

    Instructor Wayne Chang: 

    Wayne enjoys the challenge and problem solving that goes along with woodworking. In the past, most of his woodworking involved rebuilding his 100-year-old house. Now it revolves around anything that his daughter is asking him to build.

    • Monday, August 06, 2018
    • Wednesday, August 15, 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • BARN Woodworking Studio, Class Code: WO080618CFK
    • 7
    Register

    Did you ever wonder how to get a really professional-looking finish on your woodworking project? In this hands-on class, you will learn about different types of wood stains and clear finishes and get a chance to experiment with them on a sample board that you can take home and use for future reference.

    The class is four sessions to allow drying time as you go through all of the steps, from preparing the surface to applying stain and finish, to rubbing out the finish. You will learn how to prepare the surface to help ensure an excellent finish, which stains and finishes work best on different types of solid wood and plywood, and which tools and techniques to use when applying stains and finishes by hand (ie, without spraying). You will also learn which products are compatible with one another — and which ones aren't.

    Details:

    • Open to beginners but also suitable for experienced woodworkers. 
    • In addition to the class fee, there is a $25 materials fee, which will be collected when you register.
    • If you have a project that needs finishing, you are welcome to bring it or a picture of it to the class and consult with the instructor on the best approach. (A later class will focus on refinishing — it is not the topic of this class.)

    Instructor: Carol Fiedler Kawaguchi is a professional woodworker who specializes in restoration of antique furniture through her business, C-Saw, on Bainbridge Island. She also makes custom furniture, including the slab coffee table in the Commons at BARN.


    • Tuesday, August 07, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • BARN Woodshop, Class Code: WO080718OB
    • 1
    Register
    Learn the fundamentals  of making beautiful wooden pens as you also learn safe use of a lathe and turning tools.

    In this class, the instructor will discuss the basic concepts of turning, using the modern pen as a model. Students will use the drill press to prepare their turning blanks.

    Then, depending on the experience level of students in the class, the instructor will work out a schedule so that each student gets sufficient lathe time and one-on-one attention to complete a pen. 

    Details:

    • Beginners are welcome.
    • Students should have attended Orientation to the Woodshop, Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1,  and Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2 before registering for this class.
    • An additional fee of $20 to cover materials is payable upon registration.
    Instructor: Oscar Barbo has been a woodworker and turner for more than 30 years. Oscar is well traveled, learning his turning in Hawaii, where he relished making pens from the local Koa wood. He often uses rare woods and non-wood materials like bone and antler. He is looking to share his skills while promoting pen design.
    • Tuesday, August 07, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO080718MG
    • 20
    Register

    Designed as a user's guide to BARN's Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio, this free orientation session is required for all who wish to work in the Woodworking Studio. It will cover everything from shop etiquette to specifics of how to use the shop's dust collection and compressed air systems. Overall BARN policies, as well as shop-specific ones, will also be covered. 

    Participants will also learn about the leadership structure within the shop and about opportunities to participate in helping everything run smoothly. Volunteer jobs range from serving as safety monitors to helping on Maintenance Mondays.

    This class is free, but please register so we know how many to expect.

    • Tuesday, August 07, 2018
    • Tuesday, August 21, 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO080718JI
    • 7
    Register

    Get a good foundation in carving techniques, including push, stop and draw cuts. In this three-session class, you will learn the basics of safe handling and use of carving knives the first night, then go on to learn how to deal with changes in wood grain, hollowing techniques, and other concepts as you make a spoon and carve a figure during second and third sessions.

    This class is open to both beginning carvers and those who already have some carving experience. Each time BARN schedules this class, the carving projects are new.

    Details:

    • Open to ages 8 and older, although those 12 and under must have an adult with them. No prior experience is needed.
    • BARN will supply carving tools to share, but students are also encouraged to bring their own.
    • In addition to the class fee, a $10 materials fee will be collected when you register. This covers wood and shop supplies.

    Instructor: As a third-generation woodworker, Jeff Iller learned about woodworking tools and knives early on. By high school, he was winning ribbons with his wood carvings at his hometown fair. Around 1996 Jeff found room for a shop and he has carved ever since. He’ll carve most anything, but prefers to innovate with the working tools to carve multiple parts inside one piece of wood and to make physically detailed and accurate carvings of women's faces. Carvings on the entry sign to the BARN Woodworking Studio shows the quality of his work.

    Iller says he was taught early on that he could make anything from wood. He is still trying to prove that statement wrong.



    • Saturday, August 11, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • BARN Woodshop, 8890 Three Tree Lane NE, Bainbridge Island
    Join other woodworkers and those new to woodworking for the monthly general membership meeting of  BARN's Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio.


    We always offer an informative presentation on some aspect of this craft, plus a short business meeting. It's a good opportunity to meet other woodworkers of all skill levels, learn what's new in the shop, and share your thoughts on class offerings and shop operations.
    • Monday, August 13, 2018
    • Friday, August 17, 2018
    • 5 sessions
    • BARN, Woodworking Studio, Class Code: WO0818JH-1
    • 1
    Register
    For youth ages 13 - 18

    Students will build a classic Adirondack Chair from local cedar wood. You will learn to use band saws, miter (chop) saws, routers, sanders, and drills. Proper tool usage and safety will be practiced and reviewed.  You will start out with a stack of cedar boards and take home your own Adirondack Chair at the end of the week.    

    Materials Fee of $100 will be added at the time of registration.

    Important Notes:

    • Please bring this permission slip to the first day of class.
    • Minimal financial assistance available. Please apply here.
    • If you would like BARN to know any specific information about your child's allergies or learning needs, please email Julie Leung: julie@BainbridgeBARN.org
    • Please dress appropriately for working in the Woodshop: close-toed shoes, long pants, hair tied back.

    Instructor Josh Haza
    Josh has been building furniture for his home and doing home renovations for a few decades now.  He also likes to build physics equipment for his high school physics classes.

    • Tuesday, August 14, 2018
    • Friday, August 17, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Woodshop. Class code: WO080618JS
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Get started on your woodturning adventure with this two-session beginner's class, where you’ll learn how to create the basic shapes involved in both spindle and bowl turning and make two or three spindle projects. By successfully completing this class, you will be cleared to use the wood lathes in Open Studio at BARN, and be eligible to take a bowl-turning class.

    In Session 1, you will  turn basic spindle shapes as you learn about woodturning safety, technique and how to use the tools with good body mechanics — all important to building a foundation to launch your turning skills. Tools you will use: spindle roughing gouge, spindle gouge and parting tool. You will make one basic spindle project such as a wand or a spinning top.

    In Session 2, you will learn more about spindle turning as you make a bottle stopper or opener. You will learn about design elements and balance, how to use a mandrel system for securing material, and the use of a template and calipers.. Additional tools used will be a negative rake scraper and skew. All of these skills will prepare you for other turning efforts such as turning bowls and boxes.

    Details:

    • In addition to the class fee, a materials fee of $20 will be added when you register and pay. This fee covers t spindle stock and finishing supplies.
    • Clothing: Short-sleeve or tight-cuff tops; closed and comfortable shoes. No jewelry other than small earrings  (no rings, bracelets, necklaces). Long hair must be tied back. We discourage fleece clothing, as it collects shavings.

    Instructor: Jamie Straw has been turning wood for about four years, working on both spindle and bowl projects, and has taught woodturning at BARN since July 2017.  She is Vice President for Education and Training for the local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. Her focus is on helping students, especially new turners, build skills progressively as they design and create fun woodturning projects.

    • Tuesday, August 14, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO081418MG
    • 25
    Register

    Designed as a user's guide to BARN's Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio, this free orientation session is required for all who wish to work in the Woodworking Studio. It will cover everything from shop etiquette to specifics of how to use the shop's dust collection and compressed air systems. Overall BARN policies, as well as shop-specific ones, will also be covered. 

    Participants will also learn about the leadership structure within the shop and about opportunities to participate in helping everything run smoothly. Volunteer jobs range from serving as safety monitors to helping on Maintenance Mondays.

    This class is free, but please register so we know how many to expect.

    • Thursday, August 16, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • BARN Woodshop, Class Code: WO081618JH
    • 6
    Register

    Learn basic safety principles of key woodworking power tools with the goal of being checked out to use them during the Woodworking Studio's 30 hours a week of Open Studio time. To use the shop during Open Studio time, you will also need to attend our free one-hour Orientation to the Woodshop class. Please see the Woodshop calendar for scheduled orientations.

    Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1 will qualify you to use the following tools during open shop time and in classes that require certification in these tools:

    • Table saw
    • Planers
    • Jointer
    • Chop saw
    • Scroll saw
    • Drill press

    You will get more out of this class if you first view videos that cover these tools. See them by clicking on this link. (Hint: You can go back to these at any time to review safety protocols. Find them on the BARN website, BainbridgeBARN.org, by clicking on the Woodshop page, under the "Studio" menu.)

    Details:

    Please dress in the same way you will be expected to do when you use the shop for open studio time. That means:
    • Wear close-toe shoes.
    • Bring and wear safety glasses.
    • Wear hearing protectors when warranted; bring your own or use BARN's.
    • Tie back long hair. Avoid loose-fitting clothing and dangly jewelry; roll up sleeves.
    Instructor:  Joshua Haza
    • Saturday, August 18, 2018
    • Sunday, August 19, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Woodworking Studio, Class Code: WO081818BS
    • 7
    Register

    Learn to make easy but elegant wooden boxes that can hold all manner of things, from tea and sugar to gifts. A final coat of wax gives these carved, painted boxes a glowing look that almost resembles ceramic.

    In this two-session class, you will start with a block of wood about 6 inches tall and deep and 4 inches thick. You will go home with two small boxes or one larger one — your choice — and will know the steps needed to make significantly larger or smaller boxes later on your own. 

    The first day you will create a design and lay it out on the wood, using French curves and flexible tools for creating curves.You will then cut out your box on the band saw. It's OK to be inexperienced with this tool; the instructor will guide you or even cut out your blank for you if you wish. By the end of this session, your box should be assembled and glued up.

    The second day, you will learn about various was to embellish your box. You will have the opportunity to use hand chisels and power carvers, as well as wood-burning pens. And you will learn how to use milk paint  and wax to further embellish the outside of your box. You won't put any finish on the inside, so there is no issue if you want to store food.

    Details

    • Open to beginners, ages 14+.
    • In addition to the class fee, a $35 materials fee will be added when you register. This fee covers the cost of the wood blank, paint and disposables.

    Instructor: Brad Stave began working with wood at the age of 5 when he received his first toolbox. After graduating from college he remained true to his heart.  Brad realized that working with wood was not enough and wanted to share his love through teaching. He taught graphic arts in Mukilteo and then moved to Wyoming, where he taught woodworking to Arapaho and Shoshone children in grades 3 to 8.  

    In 1985, Brad moved to California, where he started a new job and became a father of a baby daughter.  Sensing her husband's need to find some avenue to work with wood, his wife, Silvia, bought him a wood lathe. And from that point on, Brad knew he had found his niche. “Of all the creative endeavors I have pursued, wood turning has been the most rewarding," Brad says. "It is the pursuit of my heart.” In 2006 he moved back home to the Pacific Northwest, where Gig Harbor is now home.

    • Monday, August 20, 2018
    • Wednesday, August 22, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Woodshop. Class code WO082018JS
    • 2
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    Make two bowls 6 to 7 inches in diameter in this two-session class as you build your woodturning skills and learn some of the special techniques and insights needed for bowl-turning. To take this class, you must already have taken Introduction to Woodturning or equivalent. (See below).

    You will learn how to use a bowl gouge while designing and turning tthe two bowls. In the first session, you will learn the basics about selecting green wood and creating proper bowl blanks, preserving the blanks for future turning, mounting a bowl safely on the lathe, and using bowl gouges to create the bowls. In the second session, you will turn a seasoned bowl blank as you practice and improve your  gouge skills and learn the basics of sanding and finishing.

    By successfully completing these two sessions, and turning two bowls, you will have a good understanding of the process and techniques, and be able to turn bowls of this size independently during Open Studio time in the BARN Woodworking Studio.

    Details:

    • Open to students who have taken BARN's Introduction to Woodturning class or demonstrated equivalent lathe safety and turning skills during a private studio session with the instructor. If you have not taken Introduction to Woodturning, you need to contact Jamie Straw, (360) 551-9233,  and arrange a review session at least 10 days before you register.
    • A materials fee of $25, for two bowl blanks, is in addition to the class fee and will be collected when you register and pay.
    • While this class is oriented to novice turners, it is also appropriate and useful for experienced turners who have predominantly used scrapers and wish to acquire or improve their gouge skills.

    Photograph by Joy McCallister Photography.

    Instructor: Jamie Straw has been turning wood for about three years, working on both spindle and bowl projects, and has taught woodturning at BARN since July 2017.  She is currently Vice President for Education and Training for the local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. Her focus is on helping students, especially new turners, build skills progressively as they design and create fun woodturning projects.
    • Tuesday, August 21, 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • BARN Woodshop, Class Code: WO082118JD
    • 0
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    Learn basic safety principles of key woodworking power tools with the goal of being checked out to use them during the Woodworking Studio's 30 hours a week of Open Studio time. To use the shop during Open Studio time, you will also need to attend our free one-hour Orientation to the Woodshop class. Please see the Woodshop calendar for scheduled orientations.

    Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1 will qualify you to use the following tools during open shop time and in classes that require certification in these tools:

    • Table saw
    • Planers
    • Jointer
    • Chop saw
    • Scroll saw
    • Drill press

    You will get more out of this class if you first view videos that cover these tools. See them by clicking on this link. (Hint: You can go back to these at any time to review safety protocols. Find them on the BARN website, BainbridgeBARN.org, by clicking on the Woodshop page, under the "Studio" menu.)

    Details:

    Please dress in the same way you will be expected to do when you use the shop for open studio time. That means:
    • Wear close-toe shoes.
    • Bring and wear safety glasses.
    • Wear hearing protectors when warranted; bring your own or use BARN's.
    • Tie back long hair. Avoid loose-fitting clothing and dangly jewelry; roll up sleeves.
    Instructor:  Joe Dunstan has been a woodworker for 20 years and has built his own house.  He manages the safety monitor program for the  shop.
    • Saturday, August 25, 2018
    • Sunday, August 26, 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Woodworking Studio, Class Code: WO082518BS
    • 2
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    This wood turning class will begin by using 3 pieces of kiln dried wood. When making boxes it is critical that the wood is dried so that a perfect fit can be made. 

    The first piece to turn will be the base using a 4 jaw scroll chuck.  A bowl gouge will be used to turn the outside and a hollowing tool will be used to form the inside shape that echoes the outside form. 

    The second piece will be a top that fits into the base. You will use a combination of bowl gouges and scrapers to complete the top. 

    Before the top is complete the finial will start between centers and turned using spindle gouges. You will then press fit the finial into the top and the top and finial will be turned as a complete piece using a 4 jaw scroll chuck. You will go home with a completed lidded box. 



    Details and 
    Prerequisites:

    • Students must have taken Intro to Turning and Intro to Bowl Turning classes, or have comparable wood lathe turning experience, before registering for this class.
    • Students must also have attended the Orientation to the Woodshop, Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1 and Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2 classes before registering for this class.

    Materials Fee: $44.00 for the wood blocks and consumables. This will be added to the class cost when you register.

    Instructor
    Brad Stave began working with wood at the age of 5 when he received his first toolbox. After graduating from college he remained true to his heart.  Brad realized that working with wood was not enough and wanted to share his love through teaching. Brad taught Graphic Arts in Mukilteo, WA and then moved to Wyoming, where he taught woodworking to Arapaho and Shoshone Native American Children (grades 3-8).  

    In 1985, Brad moved to California where he started a new job and became a father of a baby daughter.  Sensing her husbands need to find some avenue to work with wood, his wife Silvia bought him a wood lathe. And from that point on, Brad knew he had found his niche. Brad says, “Of all the creative endeavors I have pursued, wood turning has been the most rewarding, it is the pursuit of my heart.” In 2006 Brad moved back home to the Pacific Northwest where Gig Harbor is now home.
    • Tuesday, August 28, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • BARN Woodworking Studio, Class Code: WO082818JD
    • 12
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    Interested in being a safety monitor in the Woodworking Studio at BARN? This three-hour free class is a key step in the process.

    This class will explain the safety monitor program and the responsibilities of a shop monitor. BARN and woodshop policies will be covered. Discussion will include safety of users; safe operation of tools; woodshop systems including lighting and dust collection; and procedures for cleanup and for opening and closing the shop for open studio time.

    Once you complete this class, you will need to “shadow” a monitor for one shift before you can be certified as a monitor.

    Prerequisites: To take this class, you must be a BARN member and have already taken Orientation to the Woodshop, Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1, and Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2.

    Instructor:  Joe Dunstan has been a woodworker for 20 years and has built his own house.  He manages the safety monitor program for the  shop.

    • Wednesday, September 05, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • BARN Woodworking Studio
    • 1

    If you build or repair guitars, ukuleles, or other stringed instruments — or want to — you are invited to our free weekly gathering for luthiers. Ask questions, share tips, and use BARN's growing collection of luthier tools as you work alongside  others on your instruments.

    This special interest group meets each Wednesday from 6-9 pm in the bench room unless a class is scheduled there, in which case it will move to a nearby space.

    If you have questions or comments for the group leader, Doug Salot, please use this form to contact him.

    NOTE: These sessions may need to be canceled occasionally. Check the woodworking calendar for any updates.

    • Thursday, September 06, 2018
    • Thursday, September 13, 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • BARN Woodworking Studio, Class Code: WO091118GB
    • 5
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    Help launch BARN's new Japanese woodworking program as you learn to set up Japanese-style chisels and planes. These tools never arrive ready to use; they always require fine-tuning, and this class will teach you the steps.

    The class will work on tools that BARN is buying for use in beginning Japanese woodworking classes. But once you get hooked on this style of woodworking, you are likely to buy your own tools and will need the information covered in this class.

    To set up the wooden-body planes used in Japanese woodworking, you will learn how to flatten the back of the blade, shapen the bevel edge on water stones, and fit the chipper blade. You will fine-tune the wooden block and condition its base with a scraper plane. Then you will learn to set and adjust the blade.

    Turning to the chisels, you will learn how to fit the handle ring, and how to prepare the back of the blade and sharpen the bevel edge.

    Details:

    • Open to beginners 14+.
    • There is no materials fee for this class.

    Instructor: Gary Bella  grew up in western Pennsylvania.  After college and art school, he moved to the Bay Area in California and began working in Marin County with several firms in residential construction. Later, he specialized in finish carpentry while developing a design/build business. He took classes with traditional Japanese teahouse carpenter Makoto Imai and later worked primarily with Makoto building traditional houses and tea houses in California, New York and Washington. After he moved to Bainbridge in 2003, he continued to build Japanese-inspired projects for private clients. He was among the master craftsmen who restored the Japanese guest house at the Bloedel Reserve.


    • Saturday, September 08, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
    • BARN Woodshop, 8890 Three Tree Lane NE, Bainbridge Island
    Join other woodworkers and those new to woodworking for the monthly general membership meeting of  BARN's Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio.


    We always offer an informative presentation on some aspect of this craft, plus a short business meeting. It's a good opportunity to meet other woodworkers of all skill levels, learn what's new in the shop, and share your thoughts on class offerings and shop operations.
    • Saturday, September 08, 2018
    • 9:30 AM - 11:30 AM
    • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO090818MJ
    • 6
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    Kids will learn basic woodworking skills while building a rubber-band powered paddle boat.

    Starting with a rectangular blank, the kids will cut it into the shape of a boat and drill holes to insert dowels. They will use a hand plane to smooth the edges and bevel the hull. If time permits, we will  assemble the paddles and try out the boats.

    The class is open to kids 8 and older. Parents are welcome to join their children, but it is not required. Parents will be asked to sign a permission form.

    A $10 materials fee will be applied when you register, to cover purchase of the wood and shop supplies. 

    Instructor: Matt Jabloner, a member of the BARN woodworkers’ steering committee, is a professional engineer by trade. He has been a woodworker from before he can remember. He likes to incorporate end grain and rivets as design elements in his work.


    • Sunday, September 09, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 11:30 AM
    • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO090918MJ
    • 6
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    Does your child want to learn how to play with wood? Does your child like to make cool stuff but you don’t have woodworking experience and/or tools?  Parent & Child Guilded Open Shop Time is for both of you.

    No experience necessary. We will be on hand to help as needed.

    Start a project, finish a project, or just play with wood and see what happens.  We will have some extra wood available or bring in your own.

    Your child must 8 or older.

    Instructor: Matt Jabloner, a member of the BARN woodworkers’ steering committee, is a professional engineer by trade. He has been a woodworker from before he can remember. He likes to incorporate end grain and rivets as design elements in his work. He has an unhealthy affection for vintage (but functional) hand tools.


    • Tuesday, September 11, 2018
    • Tuesday, September 25, 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO091118JI
    • 10
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    From a single piece of wood, carve a pair of pliers with handles and jaws that actually move. Or carve a ball that's inside a cage with openings so small that your friends will wonder how you squeezed the ball inside. Or make a chain with links of solid wood — just how is that done?

    In this three-session class, you'll learn tricky carving techniques like these from master carver Jeff Iller. This class is open to hose who already have some carving experience. BARN offers Beginning Carving classes every other month, and Iller is also happy to help you learn at the weekly meetings of the North Kitsap Woodcarver's Guild, which meets from 6 to 9 pm. each Thursday at the Sons of Norway Hall, 18891 Front St. NE in Poulsbo.

    Details:

    • Open to ages 8 and older, although those 12 and under must have an adult with them.
    • BARN will supply carving tools to share, but students are also encouraged to bring their own.
    • In addition to the class fee, a $10 materials fee will be collected when you register. This covers wood and shop supplies.

    Instructor: As a third-generation woodworker, Jeff Iller learned about woodworking tools and knives early on. By high school, he was winning ribbons with his wood carvings at his hometown fair. Around 1996 Jeff found room for a shop and he has carved ever since. He’ll carve most anything, but prefers to innovate with the working tools to carve multiple parts inside one piece of wood and to make physically detailed and accurate carvings of women's faces. Carvings on the entry sign to the BARN Woodworking Studio shows the quality of his work.

    Iller says he was taught early on that he could make anything from wood. He is still trying to prove that statement wrong.



    • Monday, September 17, 2018
    • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    • 4 sessions
    • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO091718TN
    • 5
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    Learn the fundamentals of working with hand and power tools and go home with an elegant bench in this four-day intensive class. Beginners are welcome, but before the first session you need to have taken BARN's Woodshop Tool Safety 1 class or have previous woodworking experience approved by the instructor (details below).

    This class walks you through the critical steps of making a well-crafted project:
    • You will learn the basic principles about designing projects built of wood, and then design your bench.
    • You will learn to properly square and machine the parts, using power tools including the jointer, planer and table saw.
    • Working with chisels, hand planes and hand saws, you will cut and fit the joints: dovetails and wedged tenons with through mortises. You will learn to use water stones to sharpen the chisels and plane blades.
    • There will not be time in the class for finishing, but you will learn options that you can complete on your own.

    Details:

    • If you have not already taken our Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1 class and the classes listed on the calendar are full, please email using this form and we will open a spot for you. Use the same form to contact the instructor for a review of your skills other than by taking this class.
    • A materials fee of $21 to cover wood (poplar) and shop materials will be added to the class fee when you register and pay.
    • There will be a dinner break of approximately an hour each evening. You will be free to leave, but we suggest bringing food and eating in the Commons at BARN. A refrigerator, microwave, plates and utensils are available for your use.

    Instructor: Ted Newman studied woodworking and assisted in classes at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. He is active in BARN's woodworker group and volunteers as a safety monitor.