Youth Maker Mondays: Let the Wood Speak (Ages 12-14)

  • Monday, February 07, 2022
  • Monday, February 28, 2022
  • 3 sessions
  • Monday, February 07, 2022, 2:30 PM 5:00 PM (PST)
  • Monday, February 14, 2022, 2:30 PM 5:00 PM (PST)
  • Monday, February 28, 2022, 2:30 PM 5:00 PM (PST)
  • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO020722MS
  • 4


  • $110 + $15 materials fee
  • $90 + 15 materials fee


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.


  • This class is for youth 12-14 years old. Class dates are Feb. 7, 14  and 21. 
  • Registration will close on Saturday, 01/29, at 5:00pm.
  • When you register your youth, please enter their name in the Youth's Name field and enter the parent/guardian email address for "registrants email". All reminders and important information will go to the email address you register with.
  • Please complete and return this minor permission form.
  • Please review our safety protocols before registering. BARN wide safety protocols can be found here
  • A materials fee of $15 is included in the class fee.
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to complete our simple form before you register. 
  • You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.

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.

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