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.

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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 – Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., January 17 – February 21 Section A has ended.

Section B – Wednesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., March 15 – April 19  Section B has filled and we are no longer accepting names on the waitlist.

Class fee

I = $ 78
II = $ 118
III = $ 128

Images and Script: An Introduction to the Shopbot CNC Router

Instructor: Zach Gregory

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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: Thursday evenings for 3 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., January 19 – February 2 Section A has ended.

Section B: Monday evenings for 3 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m, April 3 – April 17   

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

Class fee

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

Little Boxes (Workshop)

Instructor: Maria Lai

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Learn to make cute little boxes using the scroll saw in this weekend workshop. Square, rectangular, circular or any shape you like! Come up with your own design for each box. Experience with the scroll saw will be helpful. Fee includes wood and use of tools to make several boxes.

Friday, March 24, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 25, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.   This class has filled.  Add your name to the waitlist »

Class fee

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

Marquetry (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 & Sunday, April 22 & 23, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  This class has filled.  Add your name to the waitlist »

Class fee

I = $44
II = $80
III = $89

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 $20 – $75 for materials, depending on choice of project and wood used.

Section AWednesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., January 11 – February 15   Section A has ended.

Section B: Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., March 14 – April 18   Section B has filled.  Add your name to the waitlist »

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

Class fee

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

Relief Carving: Oaks and Acorns

Instructor: Leon Harkins

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Raleigh is known as the “City of Oaks” and what a good subject for exploring the art of relief carving. Like an image inscribed on a coin, relief carving is the sculpting of a surface to create pattern, shadow, and the illusion of depth. Students in this class will learn the various carving chisels while carving an image of oak leaves and acorns into a plank of bass wood. Class fee includes wood and use of carving tools during class.

Wednesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., January 25 – March 1  

This class has ended. 

Class fee

I = $75
II = $115
III = $125

Scroll Sawing Projects

Instructors:  Section A John Metzler; Section B 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.

Section A: Monday evenings for 4 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., January 30 – February 20   This class has ended.

Section B: Monday evenings for 4 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., April 6 – 27   This class has filled.  Add your name to the waitlist »

Class fee

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

The Electric Cigar Box Guitar

Instructor: Sam Mayes (an NC State Student)

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Build your own axe! We’ll saw and set the frets, shape the neck, install tuning machines and wire the pick-ups. This simple four-string instrument is fun to make and even more fun to play! Though learning to play will be up to you, we’ll provide wood, the cigar box, and all the other bits and pieces needed to make your guitar sing.

Monday evenings for 5 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., March 13 – April 10

Class fee 

I = $87
II = $120
III = $128

The Shaker Styled Side Table

Instructor: David Trueblood

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Great as an accent or beside the bed or sofa, the Shaker styled side table is perfect for expanding your skill set after taking an introductory woodworking class. Starting from rough planks of poplar hardwood, you’ll layout and learn to taper legs and chop mortise and tenon joints by hand. The mix of machines and handtools used offers a great opportunity to experience the joys of handcrafting a fine piece of furniture.

Saturday mornings for 6 weeks, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., January 21 – February 25

This class has ended.

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

Class fee

I = $77
II = $117
III = $127

Woodturning

Instructors: Bill and Jim Wallace

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

Section A: Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., January 10 – February 14  Section A has filled.  Add your name to the waitlist »
Section B: Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., March 14 – April 18   Section B has filled.  Add your name to the waitlist » 

Class fee

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

For NC State students only

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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.

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.