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When you build something with wood, the wood can be purely functional, chosen for its width, length and strength. But wood can also be an incredibly beautiful material, with intriguing grain and color. Perhaps you've seen a coffee table or other piece of furniture built of thick slabs of wood with swirling, multicolor grain.
In this class, you will learn some of the basics of building with slabs, but in miniature. You'll start with a thick slab of locally milled wood, probably big-leaf maple, about 12 inches wide by 18 inches long, with intriguing grain and characteristics that others might see as defects. You'll learn how to remove the punky parts, fill in with epoxy, and sculpt the edges to keep a natural look but without sharp edges. Then you'll smooth the surface, apply finish, and go home with a beautiful piece you can use as a cutting board, charcuterie board or shelf.
Instructor: Marianne Spur. Marianne heads community service projects in the BARN Woodworking Studio and has been leading a team building a conference table for the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce from thick slabs of locally milled maple. Construction techniques from that project wil be taught in this class, but in miniature.