Wood

You must be 18 or older, or a current NC S and have health insurance to take woodshop classes and use the studio. All wood classes include a pass for access to the woodshop for the current semester. Workshops do not include a studio pass, but workshop participants may purchase a studio pass at the Level I price. The woodshop is available for use without taking a class.

Learn more about studio passes and fees »

Crafts Center classes are extracurricular, non-credit classes.

How to Use Woodshop Machines and Handtools

Instructor: Zach Gregory

How to Use Woodshop Machines and HandtoolsInterested in woodworking and have never been exposed to the larger machines, tools and processes?  Students in this introductory hands-on class will learn the skill sets of machine woodworking while constructing a floating top table suitable for use at home or in any residence hall room. Class fee includes wood, hardware and use of tools during class.

Section A – Wednesday evenings for 5 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., May 17 – June 14

Section B – Wednesday evenings for 5 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., June 28 – July 26

Class fee

I = $ 70
II = $ 103
III = $ 111

Images and Script: An Introduction to the Shopbot CNC Router

Instructor: Stephen Reeves

Images and Script_Intro to Shopbot
An introduction to the Crafts Center’s ShopBot router, students will design imagery, create tool paths and execute basic cuts.  CAD (computer-aided design) software will be used to develop imagery before setting up the machine to cut and inlay designs into matching pockets on contrasting hardwood.  Engraving of script and other designs will be explored to embellish wooden plaques. Class fee includes practice wood and cutting bits furnished during the class. You must provide your own cutting bits for use outside of class.

Tuesday evenings for 3 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., July 11 – 25

Prerequisites: Must be proficient in the arts of digital drafting and related digital creativity.

Class fee

I = $ 35
II = $ 55
III = $ 60

Joints in Wood

Instructor: David Trueblood

Joints in Wood

For every connection in wood, a joint is carefully chosen and executed in order to maximize function and visual beauty. In this class, students will learn to lay out, cut, and fit a variety of joints used in furniture making. Hand-cut joinery rooted in both Asian and European cultures will be explored.  Emphasis will be on process rather than the completion of a project. The class fee includes wood and use of handtools during class.

Saturday mornings for 4 weeks, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., June 3 – June 24

Prerequisites: Completion of an introductory woodworking class with basic woodworking skills.

Class fee

I = $ 43
II = $ 70
III = $ 77

Making the Longboard Skateboard Deck

Instructor: Braden Walker

Making the Longboard Skateboard Deck

No experience needed. Intensely hands-on! Make a custom-sized longboard skateboard you can ride and enjoy for years. Students will learn to laminate plys of Baltic birch into the necessary complex curves. The form will then be cut with the band saw, drilled, routed and sanded to final shape. By the end of the three classes, you will have a finished longboard deck ready for wheels. The class fee includes Baltic birch plywood, glue and use of all tools to make one board of your own design (trucks and wheels not included).

Note – there has been a date change for this class. New dates are: Monday evenings for 3 weeks, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., July 10 – 24

Class fee (includes a studio pass for the semester)

I = $ 43
II = $ 63
III = $ 68

Projects in Wood

Instructor: Tim Bevacqua

Projects in Wood

After completing the introductory woodworking class, are you eager to get started on your next woodworking project? From a plan and materials of your own choosing, discussion on the first night is aimed at getting you going. From there, this class will be all hands-on, requiring possible time outside of class to complete your project. Expect to spend $50 – $1255 for materials, depending on choice of project and wood used.

Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., May 16 – June 27 (skip May 23)

Prerequisites: Completion of the How to Use Woodshop Machines and Handtools class with basic woodworking skills.

Class fee

I = $50
II = $90
III = $100

Scroll Sawing Projects

Instructor: Maria Lai

Scroll Sawing Projects

Puzzles, portraiture, and layer-built imagery; all of these can be created out of colorful woods with the help of the scroll saw. Gain confidence in scroll sawing as you work to complete a basic project. Once the machine is mastered, you will explore more advanced techniques, work with more advanced patterns, and even create imagery of your own design. Class fee includes wood and use of tools during class.

Monday evenings for 4 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., June 5 – 26

Class fee

I = $ 39
II = $ 66
III = $ 73

Woodturning

Instructors: Norm Cloutier

Woodturning

Turn wooden bowls and spindles! In this introductory class, students will have the opportunity to explore the very different experiences found in turning the side grain of a spindle and the end grain found in making a bowl.  The class fee includes plenty of wood and use of lathe tools during class and studio. Visit Norm’s website: weekendturner.com.

Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., May 16 – June 27 (skip June 20)

Class fee

I = $ 76
II = $ 116
III = $ 126

Woodturning Rodeo

Instructor: Zach Gregory

Woodturning Rodeo

Learn to spin wood in this rapid-fire, intensively hands-on introduction to the lathe and all of the many shapes that it can make. Emphasis will be on experiencing making concepts rather than in making the perfect form. On Friday, we’ll turn a small bowl and matching chopsticks. On Saturday, expect a fast paced day of making a goblet, lidded box and maybe even a spinning top or two! Class fee includes all wood and tools for use in this class.

Friday evening, July 7, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 8, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Class fee (includes a studio pass for the semester)

I = $43
II = $65
III = $71

 

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Cancellations

To receive a refund, you must notify the Crafts Center staff of a cancellation at least seven days before the class or workshop begins; $10 is non-refundable. If the class or workshop is cancelled by the Crafts Center, you will receive a full refund.

If you find you need to cancel out of a class you have registered for, please use our online Cancellation Form »

Absences

To get the most out of your class, we recommend you attend each session. We do not offer make-up sessions for missed classes.

Wait Lists

Names are accepted on waiting lists after a class is full until the day the class begins.  Wait lists are only valid for the current semester’s class – wait lists are not carried over to the next semester.