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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.
Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.
Please dress in the same way you will be expected to do when you use the shop for open studio time. That means:
Instructor: Jeanne Huber
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.
The first session will focus on designing and laminating a base block, 1½ inches by 1½ inches by 16 inches, with layers of exotic woods and dyed maple veneer. In session 2, you will saw that block and either rearrange it or add more exotic woods and dyed veneer to create a second block with a more intricate pattern. In the final sessions, you will turn that to make a finished project.
Instructors: Martha Collins will lead the first two sessions and Bruce Claiborne will teach the final sessions.
Martha went to trade school in cabinetmaking in the 1970s and apprenticed in a shop where wooden jewelry was made. In 1983 she moved her family to the Northwest to a shop/house she designed and built. At that time she had her jewelry in several galleries along the West Coast. In the mid-'90s, she worked for Admiral Marine, building the interiors of multimillion-dollar yachts. For the last decade and half she has been participating in national juried art shows. Currently she participates in a few high-end shows and teaches her lamination techniques, including in her own studio, at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking and at Pratt Art Center in Seattle.
Bruce is a longtime woodturner. A retired high school teacher, he often volunteers to help students learn to turn in the Bainbridge High School woodshop.
Make earrings or pendants vibrant with thin layers of exotic hardwoods and brightly colored veneers in this all-day class.
Starting with laminated blocks prepared by the instructor, you will cut, shape and sand the pieces, bore and fit them with the necessary findings, and apply a clear finish.
Instructor: Martha Collins went to trade school in cabinetmaking in the 1970s and apprenticed in a shop where wooden jewelry was made. In 1983 she moved her family to the Northwest to a shop/house she designed and built. At that time she had her jewelry in several galleries along the West Coast. In the mid-'90s, she worked for Admiral Marine, building the interiors of multimillion-dollar yachts. For the last decade and half she has been participating in national juried art shows. Currently she participates in a few high-end shows and teaches her lamination techniques, including in her own studio, at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking and at Pratt Art Center in Seattle.
Instructor: Joe Dunstan
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.
Make a stunning wooden pen in this class, which is open to both beginners and those who already have some pen-turning experience.
If you are a beginner, you will learn safe use of a lathe and its chisels and put those concepts to use as you make your first pen. You will also use a drill press to prepare your turning blanks.
If you already have some pen-turning experience, you can make a high-end pen and opt for more expensive wood, such as koa, burled or spalted wood, or stabilized wood. You will learn advanced finishing techniques, resulting in a pen of a quality that typically retails for $75 or more.
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.
The first session of this three-session class will focus on designing and laminating a base block, 1½ inches by 1½ inches by 16 inches, with layers of exotic woods and dyed maple veneer. In session 2, you will saw that block and either rearrange it or add more exotic woods and dyed veneer to create a second block with a more intricate pattern. In the final session, you will turn that to make a finished project.
Instructors: Martha Collins will lead the first two sessions and Jamie Straw will teach the final sessions.
Jamie has been turning for about two years. She is the vVce President for Education and Training for the local woodturners association.
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.
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.
Yes, YOU can be a toy elf! (Elf hat encouraged.) The BARN woodshop will be open for guided toy-making for gift-giving to the little one in your life.
We will supply toy ideas and help you build. If you have that special board, please bring it along. We will have some wood on hand, too. Also if you want to get a fast start we will have supplies at the ready to build a toy dump truck.
Participants must be 14 or older. No woodworking experience is necessary, but to use the table saw, band saw, miter saw or drill press, you will need a safety checkout on these tools beforehand, which is typically done by taking our Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1 class. Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2 qualifies you to use the router or router table, as well as some other tools.
Three hours is not generally enough time to complete a wooden toy but you will get a good start and can finish up during open studio time.
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.
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:
Instructors: Wayne Chang
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.
Come join the Hand Tool Interest Group Gathering. 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.
No experience necessary. But all users of the woodshop are first required to attend our free, one-hour Orientation to the Woodshop class. Check the Woodshop calendar for dates.
Please call Matt at (206) 849-6584 with any questions.
Learn the basics of working with hand tools including saws, planes and chisels in this two-night introductory class. This is a beginner-level class. It is especially recommended for students who will be taking our nine-week Build a Guitar class, but it is also open to other woodworkers.
In this class, the focus is on learning the purpose of various hand tools and how to adjust and use them. The hands-on activities will help you hone your skills. There is no class project.
An additional materials fee of $3 to cover wood will be added when you register. If you pay by check, please add that to the class fee.
Instructors: Matt Jabloner, assisted by Bill Gray. Matt is a member of the BARN woodworkers’ steering committee and a professional engineer by trade. He has been a woodworker from before he can remember. He especially enjoys working with vintage (but functional) hand tools. Bill is a retired nuclear engineer. He has taken classes in hand woodworking at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking and has assisted in other classes at BARN.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.