Not Far from the Tree: Working with Slabs

  • Monday, January 31, 2022
  • Wednesday, February 23, 2022
  • 7 sessions
  • Monday, January 31, 2022, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PST)
  • Monday, February 07, 2022, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PST)
  • Wednesday, February 09, 2022, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PST)
  • Monday, February 14, 2022, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PST)
  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PST)
  • Monday, February 21, 2022, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PST)
  • Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PST)
  • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO013122KFG
  • 4


  • $619 + $35 materials fee
  • $476 + $35 materials fee

Registration is closed

* This class has prerequisites. See below.

Build a unique slab bench or small table in this seven-session class.

Create a piece that highlights the natural beauty in a slab's swirling grain or intriguing color known as spalting. Preserve a live edge, rip a straight-line edge or combine the two styles into your design.

At the first session, the instructor will discuss design considerations, suitable wood and several options of styles for top and base. The instructor will walk you through the process of drawing up your design ideas into working plans. 

The next sessions will be devoted to building your project and preparing it for final finish.

The final session will cover finish options and application techniques. You will go home with enough finish to apply multiple coats to your completed project.

You will work at your own pace. Be prepared to spend additional time during Open Studios, if necessary to complete your project. Open Studio is always free for members. Non-members can also use the shop during these times without additional charge while working on a class project.


  • Ages 14+ are welcome.
  • * This class is open to students with intermediate skills who are comfortable using the shop tools. At a minimum, you must have completed Orientation to the Woodshop, Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1 and Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2. Multiple sessions are listed on the Woodworking CalendarPlease login to your BARN account and click on "My event registrations" to ensure you have completed the required prerequisites before you register for this class.
  • The $35 materials fee covers a moderate amount of epoxy and other shop materials. If your project requires a lot of epoxy, you may need to pay extra; the instructor will discuss this with you.
  • You need to supply wood for your project. You can buy wood from BARN, purchase it elsewhere or bring what you have from your wood stash. Registrants will receive information about how to select appropriate wood. The moisture issues associated with use of BARN's SawStop table saws aren't critical for this project unless your slab is thicker than 2 inches. You will be able to store your wood in the shop between sessions.
  • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Overall BARN safety policies are here.
  • 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.
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to fill out our simple application before you register.
Feedback from an earlier class:

"An inspirational class! So much cool stuff to practice on many slab projects to come!!"
— Ryan Boone, (The picture shows his hall bench.)

Instructor: Carol Fiedler Kawaguchi is a professional woodworker who specializes in restoration of antique furniture through her business, C-Saw, on Bainbridge Island. She also makes custom furniture, including the slab coffee table in the Commons at BARN.

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