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Registration is closed for this class that began Oct. 31.
The BARN Woodworkers Studio is proud to offer this 13-week series for anyone wishing to gain a comprehensive grounding in woodworking, using both hand and power tools. Limited to 10 students, the course covers:
Instructors: Several instructors will teach individual sections of this course.
Expand your carving skills as you carve one or more plaques — perfect for a wall decoration, a sign by the front door, or a gift.
You can choose your design — perhaps a bird or a scene from nature? — or adapt one of the designs that the instructor will provide.
This class is open to both beginning carvers and those who already have some carving experience. Students can be as young as 8, although those 12 and under must have an adult with them.
BARN will supply some carving tools to share, but students are also encouraged to bring their own.
Basswood carving blanks are $2 each, which you can buy at the class from the instructor.
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.
He was taught early on that he could make anything from wood and he is still trying to prove that statement wrong.
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 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 candlestick, goblet, bottle stopper or opener. You will learn about design elements and balance, and how to use a template and/or calipers, and how to turn a secure tenon. Additional tools used will be a negative rake scraper and calipers. All of these accomplishments prepare you for other turning efforts such as bowls and boxes.
Instructor: Jamie Straw has been turning wood for over three years, making bowls and a variety of spindle projects. She is Vice President for Education and Training for the local chapter of the American Woodturners Association. Her focus is on helping students, especially new turners, build skills progressively as they design and create fun woodturning projects. She is available to help continuing students during Open Studio for continuing students, and for individual tutoring sessions.
Craft your own steel-string guitar under the guidance of a master luthier. In this nine-week class, you will go through all the steps, from shaping to assembling to finishing.
The class, which inaugurates what we hope will be a robust series of luthier programs at BARN, is open to beginners. But if you have little or no hand tool experience, please also sign up for our two-night Hand Tool Basics class, scheduled in the week before the guitar class.
Materials cost: So that you can build your guitar from the wood you want, students in this class will be responsible for purchasing their own materials in advance of the first session. This cost is in addition to the class fee.
The easiest way to order materials is to buy through a “one stop shop” luthiers' supply site, such as Allied Lutherie (alliedlutherie.com) or Luthiers Mercantile (www.lmii.com). The latter provides a guitar kit “wizard" that lists what you need and prompts you for various material options. You are also welcome to shop at other retailers.
This is an 18-session course. The posted schedule includes one extra session so the class can decide whether to meet on Presidents' Day, Feb. 19. Note that two sessions start at 6 pm, rather than 5:30 pm, to accommodate other activities in the woodshop.
Instructor: Alan Simcoe is a maker of guitars, ukuleles and other stringed instruments. He and his wife, Debby, own Village Music in Lynwood Center. Besides showcasing his custom instruments, the shop offers music lessons and instrument repairs. Simcoe also performs with his Latin jazz band, The Cuban Heels. He was named an Island Treasure in 2009.
Make two bowls 6 to 9 inches in diameter as you build your wood turning skills and learn some of the special techniques needed for bowl-turning.
Students will learn how to use a bowl gouge while designing and turning two 6”-9” bowls over two sessions. You will learn how to safely rough-cut the bowl blanks, shape the bowls on the outside, and mount them in a chuck for hollowing-out and shaping the inside. By successfully completing these two sessions, and turning two bowls, you will have a good understanding of the process and spend enough time turning to be able to turn bowls of this size independently during open studio time in the BARN woodshop.
In addition to the class hours, you will receive one hour of one-on-one time with the instructor at subsequent open studios , with the times mutually agreed on by you and the instructor. Basic sanding skills will be taught, although you may need to do the finishing outside of class.
Photograph by Joy McCallister Photography.
Students can bring a piece of furniture or a part, such as a drawer, that needs help. If you don’t have a piece but would like to learn repair techniques work with others on a class supplied project. The instructor will discuss the repair issues of each piece. Students who have a project too challenging to complete within the three sessions of this class can continue to work on it during open studio time or at a future furniture repair class.
INSTRUCTOR: Carol Fiedler Kawaguchi is a professional woodworker who specializes in restoration of antique furniture through her business, C-Saw, on Bainbridge Island. After earning a fine arts degree from Western Washington University, she worked in New Mexico as an apprentice ceramicist and then as an apprentice violin maker, developing her skills in fine woodworking and traditional finishes. She began designing and building custom furniture in the mid-1980s. Her interest in European, Early American and Asian antiques led her to focus on their restoration and repair.
Come join the Hand Tool Interest Group Gathering. No experience necessary. We will talk hand tools and practice using hand tools.
Bring in your planes, drills, chisels, and saws and make a little something.
Chisels and plane blades need sharpening? Learn how and learn how to make dovetail joints.
Please call Matt at (206) 849-6584 with any questions.
This is a 2 session class (Friday and Monday) where you will be using the wood lathe, to make a beautiful hardwood pepper mill that you can enjoy daily. In session one you will complete rounding and sizing your wood, lay out your milll’s head and body, and learn lathe techniques for drilling the mill components. Session two you will shape, embellish, and assemble your heirloom pepper mill.
This an intermediate level class. Students must have completed a BARN spindle turning class, BARN bowl turning class, or have instructor permission.
A $25.00 materials fee covers the cost of a 10” CrushGrind Mechanism and a 2 ¾ x 12” hardwood blank of maple, walnut or cherry. The materials fee will be added to the cost of class when you register.
Instructor: Bruce Claiborne has been an active woodturner since completing Craft Supplies' 5-day workshop in 2008. He has also participated in workshops by John Jordan on hollow forms and Richard Raffen on bowl turning. He is a member of the American Association of Woodturners and Olympic Peninsula Chapter of the AAW. Bruce volunteers for the Bainbridge High School lathe woodworking program and has teaching various lathe classes for BARN since 2015.
Learn basic safety principles of key woodworking power tools with the goal of being checked out to use them during the BARN Woodshop's 30 hours a week of open studio time.
Everyone who uses the new shop during open studio time will need to be certified to use these tools. The tools are in many cases different than the ones that were in BARN's temporary woodshop in Rolling Bay, so having been certified there is not sufficient. Certification is also a pre-requisite for advanced woodworking classes.
In this class, you will get hands-on experience with these tools:
Instructor: Jeanne Huber
Please dress in the same way you will be expected to do when you use the shop for open studio time. That means:
Instructor: Dave Roe
Learn how to use hand tools skillfully in this three-week component of BARN's Intro to Woodworking series.
You will build a two-compartment tote, handy for storing or carrying silverware, garden tools or other items. The project was specifically designed to give you experience with the most common hand tools. You will learn to use:
Instructor: Rob Rusher, assisted by Marvin Crossland
Build a unique bench or small table from one or more thick slabs of wood in this five-session class. Depending on the wood you choose, you will be able to create a piece that's almost sculptural because of its rich, swirling grain or intriguing color known as spalting. You can preserve a natural edge, if you wish.
Instructors: Carol Fiedler Kawaguchi and Kristina Avramovic Oldani. Carol 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. Kristina began working with wood at a young age alongside her carpenter father. She worked her way through college restoring mid-century furniture and later built slab furniture for Coyote Woodshop on Bainbridge Island.
Learn to make and work with wood veneer that is more versatile than the typical veneer you can buy ready-made.
Through discussion and demonstration, master furniture maker Aaron Levine will explain the benefits and challenges of working with veneer custom-cut on a band saw. Topics to be covered:
There is no added materials fee for this class.
Instructor: Aaron Levine is a Bainbridge Island furniture maker whose museum-quality pieces often feature surfaces covered with intricate, Escheresque marquetry. He always custom-cuts the veneers.
Progress to the intermediate level of bowl turning: turning a bowl that has a deeper profile and steeper sides than in the introductory class.
You will turn one bowl during this class while learning to use three types of bowl gouges, ground with different bevel angles to help you navigate the steeper and more constrained profile of the bowls and to create a deeper, flat bottom without having “catches.” You will develop an understanding of why the different grinds work and when to use which one so that you can turn independently on increasingly sophisticated bowl shapes during open studio or at home on your own lathe.
Sanding and finishing of the bowl may need to be done outside of class. Students will be offered one hour each of one-on-one studio time with the instructor as follow-up to this class so that they may consolidate their skills.
Photograph from Joy McCallister Photography.
This class is strongly recommended for anyone enrolled in Introduction to Wood Turning and is also open to wood turners of any skill level who want to learn to use the lathe tool sharpening equipment at BARN. The focus will be on gouges (spindle and bowl), but other tools can be discussed as time permits.
Instructor: Jamie Straw has been turning wood for about two years but has enjoyed teaching since she was 14 years old. She is currently Vice President for Education and Training for the local chapter of the American Woodturners Association. Her focus is on helping students, especially new turners, build skills progressively as they design and create fun woodturning projects.
Add some hardscape to your garden and enhance your woodworking skills by building a tuteur, a cedar pyramid used to support tomatoes, sweet peas and similar garden vines that also looks gorgeous on its own.
Suitable for beginners, this one-session class will give you hands-on experience with the miter saw, band saw, hand saw, portable drill/screw driver and nail gun. And best of all you get to go home with a tuteur about 5 feet tall.
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. Denise Kircher will assist.
Hone your woodworking skills as you build a showpiece liquor cabinet and wine rack that opens up to reveal a serving area.
Designed for woodworkers who are checked out for using the major tools in the BARN woodshop, this class will walk you through the process of buying wood, milling it to different dimensions, and building the basic cabinet plus components that include the wine rack and a drawer.
Students will purchase their own wood for this class, so you can be as thrifty or as indulgent as you wish. The initial, two-hour session will go over how much wood to purchase and the design considerations involved in selecting the type or types of wood. Then there will be a two-week break to allow time to buy the wood.
The 10 hands-on sessions that follow will be three hours each.
Instructors: Mike Gearheard, assisted by Ted Newman. Mike has built several of these cabinets, for his house and as gifts. Ted studied woodworking and assisted in classes at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. Both are active in BARN's woodworker group and volunteer as safety monitors.
BARN woodturners are invited to meet other woodturners, share tips and projects, and help maintain equipment at this monthly gathering. We'll also have time to work on projects and make some shavings.
Free for members; $10 for non-members. No need to register beforehand.
Instructors: Joe Dunstan
Get involved with BARN: Become a docent! Do you love connecting with people? Are you enthusiastic about BARN and it's community concept?
We love to show people around our beautiful facility and hope you will too! As a Docent you'll welcome individuals to the building and then show them around our eleven artisan studios. You will learn the story of BARN - where we've come from and where we are hoping to go and then share that information with our guests.
Ideally, we will have one person at the front desk greeting participants and giving out general information and two people giving tours of the building.
Tours for the public are every Sunday of the month from 1-3, and also by appointment.
Training and orientation will take place on Friday, January 16, 2018 at 1:00 P.M. In this training session you will learn all about BARN and the studios, and what is involved in becoming a Docent. Please register so we know how many are attending.
Contact: Donna at Volunteer@BainbridgeBARN.org
Using mostly hand tools, build a space-saving Dutch tool chest with plenty of built-in storage for your hand tools.
This style of tool chest features a slanted lid, which hides a specialized storage area for planes, saws and smaller tools, such as chisels and marking gauges. Perhaps the slanted lid was originally intended to shed rain? Now it serves as a convenient drawing table when you need to sketch joinery details or other features of a woodworking project. Another unique feature is the fall front, which opens up to reveal a cavernous storage area for all of the other tools you may need to build any project.
Although this style of tool chest can be built out of many different woods, for this class we will use pine. Many traditional Dutch tool chests were made of this wood because it is lightweight for easy portability, yet strong.
Among the specific skills you will learn:
Instructors: Todd Butler, assisted by Dick Culp. Both grew up in woodworking families and have studied hand tool use at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking. Todd is a Furnituremaker through his part time business, The Butler Did It and uses hand tools regularly. Dick is on the board of directors at the Port Townsend school and has taught hand tool classes at BARN.
In this 3-hour workshop, Jerry Davis will demonstrate how to capture the perfect image of your art with what you have. iPhone, iPad, 35mm, etc. bring what you are comfortable with. He will explain lighting, lighting angles, highlights, avoiding flare, creating simple backgrounds, reflection, contrast, color and white balance, tools and equipment, and special effects.
He will share examples of his photos and demo some of his techniques. Specifically, he will teach you how to use your digital camera or smartphone with what you have at home. You will use your camera or smartphone to take photos of your print, glass fiber, jewelry, etc. Bring one or two pieces that you want to photograph, a notebook and the manual that goes with your camera if available.
No experience necessary!
Instructor: Jerry Davis has been a photographer for more than 40 years. Part of that time he was a craftsman as well. After photographing his own work, he started shooting pictures for other artists. Much of their work was in glass or silver. Yes, he started with the hard stuff! He often traveled to the artists' locations so they could have full access to their creations. He constructed many small photo studios in the artists' workshops. Jerry works with available light, natural light, continuous lights, and strobes.
Without creating dust or noise, a nicely tuned hand plane can smooth a board, shape a crisp edge, or add a nice bevel. Need to drill a small hole? Why not use an egg-beater drill and get that hole in a jiffy with no electricity. Do you have a Millers Falls Buck Rogers plane (Google it) that needs some emotional help? Or an old rusted chisel that's splattered with paint but you know it has a heart of gold?
Bring in your hand tool(s) and tune it up at this clinic. If you don’t have an old tool but want to learn, BARN has tools you can work on. Whether you are a beginner or more advanced, you're sure to go home with tips and techniques that you can put to use in many ways.
Note: We won’t be sharpening hand saws, as this would be a class unto itself (and the noise of filing a saw can be really annoying). But if you do have a saw in need of a tuneup, please bring it. and we'll discuss how to do it.
BARN will have a supply of scrap lumber to practice on.
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.
Make a cedar potting bench with a galvanized-steel work surface and shelf as you learn basic woodworking and sheet-metal skills. The bench, approximately 3 feet wide and 2 feet deep, also includes a metal grid where you can hang tools.
In the woodshop, you will learn to use a chop saw, band saw, table saw and drill. In the metal shop, you'll learn to use a jump shear, a box and pan break, and basic layout hand tools.
You will learn to take a project through all of the steps from initial idea through finished project, including:
If the seven 3-hour class sessions are not enough for you to finish your project, you may need to do additional work during the woodshop's 30 hours a week of open studio time. Open studio time is free for BARN members and $10 for each six-hour session for non-members.
You can participate in the class in three ways:
Bring your laptop, photos, and photo processing software, such as Photoshop, Lightroom, or any other.
If you do not have a laptop to bring, we will have two computers on-site running Photoshop Elements. You can practice on these if you bring a flash/thumb drive with your photos on it. If not, we will have sample photos you can use.
INSTRUCTOR: Jerry Davis has been a photographer for over forty years. Part of that time he was a craftsman as well. After photographing his own work, he started shooting photos for other artists. Much of their work was in glass or silver. Yes, he started with the hard stuff. He often traveled to the artists' locations so they could have full access to their creations. He constructed many small photo studios in the artists' workshops. Jerry works with available light, natural light, continuous lights, and strobes.
The instructor, a furniture-repair expert, will discuss chair structure and evaluate the types of repairs needed for the chairs students bring with them. Then she will help students through the steps needed to correctly repair their chairs. Some chairs may need to be disassembled, scraped free of old glue, and re glued. Others may need new bracing or other first aid. By the end of the class students will learn not only how to fix their own chair but how to approach a variety of treatments on other chair repairs as well.