Not Far from the Tree: Working with Slabs

  • Wednesday, January 25, 2023
  • Wednesday, February 15, 2023
  • 7 sessions
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PST)
  • Monday, January 30, 2023, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PST)
  • Wednesday, February 01, 2023, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PST)
  • Monday, February 06, 2023, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PST)
  • Wednesday, February 08, 2023, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PST)
  • Monday, February 13, 2023, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PST)
  • Wednesday, February 15, 2023, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PST)
  • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO012523CFG
  • 2


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


* This class has prerequisites. See below.

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

About this 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.

In the first session, design considerations, suitable wood and several options of styles for top and base are covered. The instructor walks you through the process of drawing up your design ideas and turning them into working plans. 

Following sessions are devoted to building your project and preparing it for final finish.And the final session covers finish options and application techniques. Take home enough finish to apply multiple coats to your completed project.

Working at your own pace is encouraged. 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 use the shop during these times without additional charge while working on a class project.


  • Registration for this class will close on January 11th. Please register early to secure your spot in the class. 
  • 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 see "My event registrations" in your BARN account to confirm you have completed the pre-requisites before you register for this class

  • A $35 materials fee included in the class fee covers a moderate amount of epoxy and other shop materials. If your project requires a lot of epoxy, you may need to pay more; 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 two inches. You can store your wood in the shop between sessions.

  • 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.

  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols.

  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class.  For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.

Feedback from an earlier class

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


Carol Fiedler Kawaguchi - Carol 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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