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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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Beginner's green asteriskHow to Use Woodshop Machines and Handtools

Instructors: Section A – Zach Gregory; Sections B & C – 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 – Wednesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., August 16 – September 20

Section B – Thursday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., September 21 – November 2 (skip Oct. 5)

Section C – Monday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 pm, October 23 – November 27

Class fee: Includes semester membership for this studio

I = $ 93
II = $ 139
III = $ 151

Beginner's green asteriskImages 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: Thursday evenings for 3 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., August 17 – 31

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

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

Class fee

I = $ 42
II = $ 65
III = $ 71

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Making the Longboard Skateboard Deck

Instructor: Hilary SmithMaking 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).

Monday evenings for 3 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., September 11 – 25

Class fee 

I = $ 52
II = $ 75
III = $ 81

Beginner's green asteriskMarquetry (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, September 9, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, September 10, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Class fee 

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: Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., August 22 – September 26 

Section B: Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., October 24 – November 28 

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

Class fee: Includes semester membership for this studio

I = $68
II = $114
III = $126

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Scroll Saw Ornaments (Workshop)

Instructor: Maria Lai

Scroll Saw OrnamentsLet’s make some ornaments before the holiday rush! At the end of this 2–day scroll saw workshop, you will bring home multiple handmade ornaments: 2–D, 3–D, layered, ones that hang, ones that stand, or in whatever form you can think of! Wood and supplies provided.

Friday, October 27, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., and Saturday, October 28, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Class fee

I = $ 48
II = $ 71
III = $ 77

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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.

Thursday evenings for 4 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., October 12 – November 2

Class fee

I = $ 49
II = $ 79
III = $ 87

Shaker Step Stool

Instructor: David Trueblood

Shaker Step Stool

This step stool is designed to make tall things more accessible using the bottom step and  as  a  stool  for  sitting  using  the  top. The cross-members and dovetailed steps make this step stool sturdy. Class members will use both machinery and hand tools to complete the project. Practice laying out, cutting and assembling dovetails before tackling the main project. The step stool can be left natural or painted to suit the maker’s  taste.The class fee includes wood and use of handtools during class.

Saturday mornings for 4 weeks, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., September 9 – 30

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

Class fee: Includes semester membership for this studio

I = $ 73
II = $ 103
III = $ 111

What Defines a Chair?

Instructor: Zach Gregory

What Defines a Chair

This 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.

Wednesday evenings for 5 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., September 27 – October 25 

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

Class fee: Includes semester membership for this studio

I = $59
II = $97
III = $106

Beginner's green asteriskWoodturning

Instructors: Bill Wallace 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 at: jimwallacewoodturning.com.

Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., August 22 – September 26 

Class fee: Includes semester membership for this studio

I = $ 91
II = $ 137
III = $ 149

Register for classes

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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.