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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.
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.
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.
Learn to make a 16-foot, strip-built cedar kayak from start to its fiberglass finish with guidance from the head of BARN's woodworking studio and Joe Greenley, designer of the beautiful boats sold by Redfish Kayaks in Port Townsend.
We have a backer for the boat so there is no materials fee for students who want to work on the main class project. There may also be space for a limited number of students to build kayaks to take home, but these students must purchase the necessary materials. The kits, from Redfish Kayaks, cost $1,695 or $1,295, depending on the model.
The class is ideal for beginning woodworkers, as well as more seasoned woodworkers who want to enhance their skills in hand tools and experience the camaraderie of working on wooden boats as a team. With minimum power tool use, students will focus on using planes, spoke shaves and various measuring tools to achieve a high degree of craftsmanship.
The class will provide a strong base for anyone who wants to build a kayak on their own or with friends or family.
Questions about the class should be directed to Michael Gunderson at email@example.com. Please definitely contact him if you want to build your own boat.
Instructors: Michael Gunderson, studio lead for the Woodworking & Small Boat Building Shop at BARN, will teach this class. Joe Greenley, founder of Redfish Kayaks, will be a professional resource and will visit during many of the classes. Wayne Chang will assist.
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.
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.
You will get more out of this class if you first view videos that cover these tools. See them by clicking on the link-enabled tool names above. (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 time. That means:
Instructors: Wayne Chang and Jeanne Huber
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.
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. This class requires a prerequisite of Introduction to Woodturning or equivalent. (See below).
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.
Making a cutting board is a fun and rewarding way to get to know BARN’s woodworking tools and basic woodworking techniques. In this class, you will design a custom cutting board and then use the table saw, miter (chop) saw, planer, disc sander, table router, and hand sanders to shape and finish the board. At the end of day 2, you will go home with a beautiful cutting board ready for years of use.
INSTRUCTOR: Joshua 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.
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 shop during open studio time needs to be certified to use these tools. Certification is also a pre-requisite for advanced woodworking classes.
In this class, you will get hands-on experience with the following tools.
Instructors: Wayne Chang
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.
Build a unique bench or small table from one or more thick slabs of wood in this six-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.
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.
Learn whittling — the art of using a single sharp knife to turn a piece of wood into a character rich with detail. The material and tool fit into a pocket or a purse, making this craft an ideal way to be creative during otherwise empty minutes, such time spent waiting for a ferry or between appointments.
In this class, you will learn how to mark a blank, safely whittle it to shape, and add the final details that bring your pieces to life. You will also learn how to keep your knife sharp and how to select good wood for whittling.
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 carving tools to share, but students are also encouraged to bring their own.
A $5 materials fee, for basswood carving blanks, will be collected when you register and pay online. If you pay by check, please add this amount to the class fee.
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.
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.
Join us for a three-week professional practices workshop led by a rotating panel of local experts. The class will focus on building a brand - from defining what your brand is, to the business behind the brand, to getting it out into the world. This class is open to all. No experience necessary.
Week 2: The Business of the Brand:
We will discuss licenses, trademarks, taxes, accounting and pricing.
Week 3: Marketing your Brand:
Topics such as social media, logo design, label design, business cards, defining demographics, finding retail locations and more will be covered.
For more information contact BARN Program Coordinator, Emily Browne: Emily@BainbridgeBARN.org
The instructor, a furniture-repair expert, will evaluate the types of repairs needed for the pieces students bring with them. Then she will help students through the steps needed to correctly repair them. Some pieces 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 pieces but how to approach a variety of treatments on other furniture repairs as well.
In this class, you will get a half-hour orientation to the woodshop plus hands-on experience with the following tools.