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You must be 18 or older, or a currently enrolled NC State student, and have health insurance to take classes at the Crafts Center.

Classes are available in varying session lengths as an ongoing study in a specific studio. For classes that are 15 hours and over, students will have access to the studio in which they are enrolled for the duration of the semester. For classes less than 15 hours, students have the option to sign up for other classes and/or purchase a membership.

Workshops are focused sessions that are held for several consecutive days. Workshops do not include additional studio access; however, students will have access to the studio during the time in which the workshop is being conducted.

Crafts Center classes are extracurricular, non-credit classes.


Class Prerequisites:

Each class is designed specifically for a designated level of experience. PLEASE DO NOT SIGN UP FOR AN INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED COURSE IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE REQUIRED EXPERIENCE.Please refer to this key, which designates each class level:

 

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Adirondack Chair (Workshop)

Instructor: Tim Bevacqua

Learn how to use an Adirondack template to fabricate a set of cut plans to cut and shape your very own Adirondack style chair. Use either cedar or cypress to make this time tested chair ready to stand up to the elements as a beautiful outdoor piece or furnish your living space. Supplies included.

Friday, March 2, 6:30 – 9:30 pm & Saturday, March 3, 10: 00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Prerequisite: Completion of introductory woodworking class with basic woodworking skills.

Class fees by level:  I – $169     II – $192     III – $198

Black Walnut & Leather Stool

Instructor: Zach Gregory

Learn how to fabricate a beautiful modern black walnut stool that will be sure to stand out. Use brass hardware to accent the stool, and learn how to cut, rivet, and treat a leather seat to finish it off. Supplies included.

Wednesdays [3 weeks], April 18 – May 2, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Prerequisite: Completion of introductory woodworking class with basic woodworking skills.

Class fees by level:  I – $179     II – $202     III – $208

Beginner's green asteriskHow to Use Woodshop Machines and Handtools

Instructors: Sections A & C – Zach Gregory; Section B – Tal Bevacqua

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 – Wednesdays [6 weeks], January 17 – February 28 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Section B – Mondays [6 weeks], March 5 – April 9, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Section C – Thursdays [6 weeks], April 5 – May 10, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.*

Class fees by level:  I – $93     II – $139     III – $151

Includes semester membership for this studio.

*Note: Parking on campus prior to 5 p.m. requires a Visitor Parking Permit ($5 daily). Visit this web page for more info.

Images and Script: An Introduction to the Shopbot CNC Router

Instructor: Stephen Reeves

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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.

Section A: Thursdays [3 weeks], January 25 – February 8, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Section B: Thursdays [3 weeks], March 15 – 29, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Prerequisite: Proficiency in the arts of digital rendering and related digital creativity required

Class fees by level:  I – $39     II – $62     III – $68

Little Boxes (Workshop)

Instructor: Maria Lai

Learn to make little boxes with miter joints and splines for structural support and beautiful accents. At the end of this weekend workshop, you will take home two of your own lidded mitered boxes, as well as the basic skills of making miter-joint boxes in different dimensions. Supplies included.

Friday, January 26, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. & Saturday, January 27, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Prerequisite: Previous woodworking experience required.

Class fees by level:  I – $53     II – $78     III – $84

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Making the Longboard Skateboard Deck

Instructor: Braden WalkerMaking 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).

Section A: Mondays [3 weeks], February 12 – 26, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Section B: Mondays [3 weeks], April 16 – 30, 6:30 – 9:30 p,m.

Class fees by level:  I – $52     II – $75     III – $81

Open to all_blue circleMarquetry (Workshop)

Instructor: Beth Woody

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No experience needed! Have you ever wanted to make the lovely imagery or floral inserts used in fine furniture and intricately detailed pictures? You can! Not only will students in this hands– on workshop learn the history of this ancient art form, they will also cut veneer with hand–operated fret saws and knives while creating their own beautiful marquetry picture. A $25 materials fee payable to the instructor at the end of the workshop covers veneer and use of all tools needed to complete one picture. Additional supplies will be available for purchase.

Saturday, March 10, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 11, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Class fees by level:  I – $62     II – $102     III – $113

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 – $125 for materials, depending on choice of project and wood used.

Section A: Tuesdays [6 weeks], January 16 – February 20, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Section B: Tuesdays [6 weeks], March 13 – April 17, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

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

Class fees by level:  I – $68     II – $114     III – $126
Includes semester membership for this studio.

Open to all_blue circleScroll 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.

Wednesdays [4 weeks], January 31 – February 28 (skip February 21), 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.,

Class fees by level:  I – $58     II – $88     III – $87

The Simple Wall Cabinet

Instructor: David Trueblood

Learn to hand cut dovetails, dados, and mortise and tenon joints while using poplar to make this handing Shaker styled wall cabinet. Constructed in the design and execution of the scroll-cut back and raised panel door, with little effort, this cabinet can be converted to a traditional wall clock or otherwise altered to give a more contemporary flavor. Plan on additional work time outside of class. Supplies included.

Saturdays [6 weeks], February 3 – March 10, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Prerequisites: Completion of an introductory woodworking class 

Class fees by level:  I – $98     II – $144     III – $156
Includes semester membership to this studio.

Turning the Two-Piece Hollow Form (Workshop)

Instructor: Bob Reuss

Turning the Two-piece Hollow FormThis one-day workshop will cover selection and preparation of the turning blank, mounting the sections for turning, approach to turning for uniform wall thickness, finishing the interior, minimizing and disguising the joint between sections, and finish turning the bottom. Three will be discussion of the extreme versatility of form available with this technique and ways to embellish and apply final finishes to both inside and outside. Supplies included. For more about Bob and his work, visit bobreuss-woodturner.com.

Saturday, March 24, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Prerequisite: Completion of an introductory woodturning class or equivalent knowledge

Class fees by level:  I – $45     II – $63     III – $67

What Defines a Chair?

Instructor: Zach Gregory

What Defines a Chair

This intermediate to advanced level class involves pushing the boundaries of what furniture and woodworking can be. Break away from traditional plans and dive into sculptural forms and contemporary ideas. Please bring a rough set of plans to first class along with an open mind and willingness to experiment and have fun. Plan to spend around $75 – $200  for materials, depending on choice of project and wood used.

Wednesdays [6 weeks], March 7 – April 11, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Prerequisites: Completion of an Introductory woodworking class with intermediate woodworking skills

Class fees by level:  I – $68     II – $114     III – $126
Includes semester membership to this studio.

Woodturned Jewelry (Workshop)

Instructor: Norm Cloutier

Learn how to make your very own necklace on lathes in this two-day workshop. Learn techniques to give your necklace pendant a unique shape and texture to enhance the grain in the exotic hardwoods supplied, and make this one-of-a-kind jewelry really something special. Supplies included.

Friday, January 26, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. & Saturday, January 27, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Prerequisite: Completion of Woodturning class or equivalent knowledge

Class fees by level:  I – $48     II – $73     III – $79

Beginner's green asteriskWoodturning

Instructors: Bill Wallace and Jim Wallace

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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 Bill’s website: newlightwoodworks.com and Jim’s website at: jimwallacewoodturning.com.

Section A: Tuesdays [6 weeks], January 16 – February 20, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Section B: Tuesdays [6 weeks], March 20 – April 24, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Prerequisite: None

Class fees by level:  I – $88     II – $134     III – $146
Includes semester membership for this studio.

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Cancellations

Most of our classes fill quickly so there is often a wait list. Late notice cancellations require considerable processing and labor to try and fill the reserved seat. Therefore, cancellations under 10 days are not able to be refunded unless we can fill the space.
• If cancellation occurs 10 or more days prior to the start of a class, a 75% refund of payment will be issued; 25% of payment is assessed for processing charge.
• If cancellation occurs less than 10 days prior to the start of a class, a refund cannot be issued unless the space can be filled. If the space is able to be filled, a 50% refund of payment will be issued.
If you find you need to cancel out of a class you have registered for, you must our online Cancellation Form »

Cancellation requests will not be accepted at the main desk or via phone or email.

Absences

To receive an optimal experience and get the most out of the class, attendance is important as there are no provisions for 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.