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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.
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.
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.
Instructor Bio: Mark McComsey is a serious hobbyist who has converted several different machine tools from manual to CNC. He is a knife maker and has done some high performance automobile work.
Please email the instructor, Mark McComsey if you have difficulties installing Fusion prior to the class at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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.)
The first step in designing and making any object is translating the idea into a 2 dimensional plan and that starts with a drawing. This class will be reviewing sketching techniques and drawing plans. It will include one and two point perspectives and practice in shading. This class is for beginners and people who want to revisit their drawing skills. While offered through the Woodworking Studio, this class will appeal to craftspersons from a variety of disciplines. Each student will be provided with a sketch pad, pencil and pencil sharpener.
He thinks of himself as a person who solves visual problems. He proposes a situation and looks to openly create a visual answer, whether it be paint, wood or combinations of media. He is not political in his work - not even angry. He's looking for the fun and the whacky.
This is a two session class. In session 1 the student will start with a solid block of wood and the basic box will be laid out using French curves and flexible curve tools. Using a band saw the student will cut the parts to create a Band Saw Box. The box will be assembled and glued. Final cuts will be made on the band saw and the box will be ready for embellishment.
In Session 2 embellishing techniques will be demonstrated and discussed. The student will then carve, using both hand chisels and power carvers. These techniques will be used by the students to decorate the box. The finale discussion will be about using Milk Paint to further embellish the box.
A Materials fee of $35 will be added when you register. The material fee will cover the cost of the wood blanks, Milk Paint and disposables.
Brad Stave - Brad 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.
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.
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:
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.
In this two sessions class, students will work with small-scale sculptural forms and be guided to enhance them with pattern, texture and color that has meaning and personal relevance. While use of the wood lathes is not required for this class, students who wish to use BARN's lathes to turn bowls or hollow forms must have taken at least one bowl-turning class at BARN, or schedule a skill-review session with a BARN turning instructor. Please call Jamie Straw at (360) 551-0233 for questions or to schedule a session.
The course will focus on developing quick, effective shapes using the bandsaw or, for qualified turners, the lathe, various carving tools and sanding equipment. These forms will serve as canvases for surface embellishment techniques including relief and textural carving using hand and rotary tools, wood burning/branding and the use of acrylic and milk paints.
These smaller scale pieces can be stand alone, or an experimental maquette to later develop into larger indoor or outdoor sculpture. The principles of up scaling and appropriate choice of design and materials for outdoors will be covered in class.
There will be an additional Materials Fee of $60 added when you register.
Those who prefer to go straight into surface embellishment techniques are welcome to bring pre-turned and/or carved objects.
Graeme Priddle ( http://graemepriddle.com/?page_id=51 ) has over 20 years experience in the woodworking field, best known for his sculptural turnings/carvings reflecting his life and environments in Northland, New Zealand. He has won numerous awards for his work, which has been exhibited widely in New Zealand, UK, Japan, Taiwan, France, Germany, U.S.A and Canada.
He is very active in the wood turning world and commits his time and talent to many creative endeavours. He has served on the committee of the New Zealand National Association of Woodturners for five years as well as being instrumental in establishing the New Zealand ‘CollaboratioNZ’ Conferences in 1998.
Graeme has demonstrated and taught for numerous woodworking and woodturning groups and at many woodworking events throughout the world.
Co-Instructor: Melissa Engler ( http://www.melissaengler.com/sculpture ) is a woodworker/sculptor based in Asheville, NC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in sculpture from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and is a graduate of the Haywood Community College Professional Crafts Program in furniture. Melissa’s work has been featured in Carolina Home + Garden, WNC Magazine, Woodwork Magazine and American Craft and is held in private collections across the US. She teaches nationally and internationally with her partner and fellow wood-sculptor Graeme Priddle.
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.
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.
For youth ages 12-15
(This is a 10 sessions class)
In this class you will combine creative ideas with mechanisms to build a moving sculpture that can be a toy, a decorative table piece, or a whimsical carousel. We will explore various types of motions and how to build mechanisms to bring movement and life to these automata. With instructor guidance, in this two week class, you can build a mechanized automaton.
There will be a Materials Fee of $30 added at the time of registration.
Michael Gunderson moved to Bainbridge after more than thirty years in California public education. His degree is in the arts, and he has taught classes in art, jewelry, ceramics, and the trades, as well as serving as an activities and athletic director. Michael has always enjoying working with youth. He likes to solve visual problems: proposing a situation and using "look" to openly create a visual answer, whether it be paint, wood or combinations of media. He's looking for the fun and the wacky.
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.
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.
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.