Woodworking First Fridays: Talk with a Pro Open Studio

  • Friday, January 07, 2022
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • BARN Woodshop.
Open Studios are resuming on Fridays, with a few changes:
  • A professional woodworker will be in the shop to offer advice. This month, it will be Tim Celeski, an Indianola furniture maker, sculptor and writer about woodworking topics. Around 1 pm, he will give tips about how to use all of the features of the Woodworking Studio's work benches, which he designed. He will also discuss his new design for what he calls his "maker's bench."
  • Offered only on the first Friday of each month, at least for now.
  • Open only to members.
  • Hours are 9 am to 4 pm, but no pro from noon to 1 pm.

During this test period, which will run into February, private donors are funding the pay for the professionals. We expect that past the trial period, there will be a fee to cover the costs. And, depending on demand and safety monitor availability, we may expand to offer this on multiple Fridays each month.

Members are welcome to ask the pro for suggestions about design, joinery, finishes or other details. This isn't a class with an agenda driven by an instructor, but rather an opportunity for woodworkers to ask questions and get advice from someone with years of professional experience. The pro will not be teaching how to operate the tools.

As with all Open Studio sessions, a safety monitor will be on duty and will be responsible for safety. You will be able to work on projects of your own choosing.

Celeski studied architecture and design and spent more than 30 years in business as a designer. Once he discovered woodworking, he fell in love with the craft, dropped his design career, became a full-time furniture maker and never looked back. His main focus has been on original design, high-end custom outdoor furniture. His extensive line covers many types of furniture from Arts and Crafts to contemporary. His work is in in collections across the US and Canada. More than 100 of his pieces are in some of the Greene and Greene masterpieces in Pasadena.

Celeski currently focuses on fine art wood sculpture and contemporary furniture. He’s a contributing editor writing on digital woodworking methods and furniture design for Popular Woodworking Magazine and an instructor at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking.

Japanese Tsuba-shaped Round Robinson table in Khaya Mahogany designed for a Greene and Greene home in Pasadena, California

The Leschi 66” contemporary backless bench is designed for both indoor and outdoor use. 

Details for this Open Studio session:

  • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. BARN safety policies are here.
  • Participation is free to members. The regular qualifications apply: You must have taken Orientation to the Woodshop and the appropriate safety checkout classes before you use specific tools. Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1 qualifies you for the jointers, planers, table saws, chop saw and drill presses. Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2 covers the band saws, routers and router tables, scroll saws and three stationary sanding machines: edge, drum and spindle. Check the Woodworking and Small Boatbuilding Studio calendar for class dates.
  • Protective eye wear that complies with ANSI Standard Z87 or the equivalent European Union Standard EN 166 is required at all times in the main shop and when using sharpening equipment in the bench room. Avoid loose clothing and wear closed-toe shoes. Noisy equipment may warrant wearing hearing protection.
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