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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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HEIRLOOM STOOL [Workshop]

Instructor: Alan Leland

Need a stool that doubles as a plant stand or small coffee table? This is the class for you. Learn how to use a bowl gouge efficiently and work on your spindle turning skills while turning a 17-inch tall three legged stool. This is a fun class designed to improve your faceplate and between centers turning skills. We will be using maple for the seat and walnut for the three legs. Materials cost is approximately $20 or less payable to the instructor.

Saturday, June 29: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Sunday, June 30: 9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Class fees by level:  I – $30   II – $45   III – $50  Register for this class»

 

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HOW TO USE WOODSHOP MACHINES AND HANDTOOLS

Section A – John Metzler
Section B – TBD

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: Tuesdays [5 weeks], May 21 – June 18: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section B: Tuesdays [5 weeks], June 25 – July 23: 6:30 – 9:30pm 

Prerequisite: None

Class fees by level:  I – $85   II – $125   III – $135   Register for this class»

Includes semester membership for this studio.

 

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 furnished during the class. You must provide your own bits for use outside of class.

Section A: Thursdays [3 weeks], May 16 – June 6 [skip May 23]: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section B: Thursdays [3 weeks], July 11 – July 25: 6:30 – 9:30pm 

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

Class fees by level:  I – $50   II – $75   III – $80   Register for this class»

 

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INTRODUCTORY MACHINE TOOLS

Instructor: Willie Wolf

If you want to learn safe operating procedures of woodworking machines, without working on a project, this class is for you! You will learn the basic functionality and proper use of the major woodworking machines, including the jointer, planer, table saw, miter saw, router table, drill press, radial arm saw, and band saw. You will be qualified to purchase a wood shop membership pass upon completion of this class.

Saturdays [3 weeks], July 6 – July 20: 9:00am – 12:00pm 

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level:  I – $35   II – $60   III – $65  Register for this class»

 

JOINTS IN WOOD

Instructor: David Trueblood

Joints in WoodFor 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 completion of a project. You will also learn to sharpen your own chisels, planes, and irons. Feel free to bring in your own chisels and planes to sharpen.  All supplies included.

Saturdays [4 weeks], June 8 – 29: 9:00am – 12:00pm

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

Class fees by level:  I – $55   II – $85   III – $90  Register for this class»

 

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MAKING THE LONGBOARD SKATEBOARD DECK

Instructor: Braden Walker

Making the Longboard Skateboard DeckNo 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].

Thursdays [3 weeks], June 13 – June 27: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level:  I – $55   II – $75   III – $85  Register for this class»

 

PROJECTS IN WOOD

Instructor: Tim Bevacqua

Projects in WoodAfter 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. Students furnish own materials based upon project selected.

Wednesdays [6 weeks], May 15 – June 26 [skip May 29]: 6:30 – 9:30pm

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

Class fees by level:  I – $70   II – $115   III – $125  Register for this class»

Includes semester membership for this studio.

 

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GIRL POWER

Instructor: Maria Lai

This is a wood shop class for women only! Woodworking is traditionally a male dominant craft, but it doesn’t have to be. Anyone can learn to use power tools and woodworking machines properly and safely. In this class, you will get instruction and repetitive practice on the jointer, planer, table saw, miter saw, radial arm saw, band saw, drill press, sanding equipment and handheld power tools! You will use the knowledge learned in class and the wood pieces you practiced on to put together a small project for you to take home. You will be qualified to purchase a wood shop membership pass upon satisfactory completion of this class

Wednesdays [3 weeks], July 10 – 24: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level:  I – $50   II – $75   III – $80  Register for this class»

 

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Instructor: Maria Lai

Scroll Sawing ProjectsPuzzles, trivets,portraitures, 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 patterns of your choice, and even create imagery of your own design. Class fee includes wood and use of tools during class. Supplies included.

Wednesdays [4 weeks], May 22 – June 12: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Prerequisites: none

Class fees by level:  I – $50  II – $80   III – $85  Register for this class»

 

TURNED JEWELRY [Workshop]

Instructor: Norm Cloutier

In this project class you will create turned jewelry such as pendants, rings and bracelets using the wood lathe. You will be using a Ruth Niles off-center jig that is available for use to offset the piece and carve decorative patterns in the wood. The principles and techniques used will equip you to turn a number of small objects off the center axis of the lathe. Such work is limited only by size and weight since the off-center turning increases vibration on large pieces.

Saturday, July 20: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Prerequisites: Completion of an introductory woodturning class

Class fees by level:  I – $35   II – $50   III – $55  Register for this class»

 

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Instructors: Bill Wallace

Woodturning-Summer 2018

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. Includes a woodturning pass for further lathe use in the shop. Visit Bill’s website: http://newlightwoodworks.com/.

Tuesdays [6 weeks], May 21 – June 25:  6:30 – 9:30pm 

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

Class fees by level:  I – $95  II – $140   III – $150  Register for this class»

Includes semester membership for woodturning only.

 

 

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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 drop the class via Reporter», our new online registration system

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 via Reporter» 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.