There is an immense satisfaction that comes with working in wood. Whether you want to begin learning about woodworking or if you're looking for a class in advanced technique, Arbutus boasts a vast array of instructors and experiences. For any woodworking class, a headlamp is always a helpful tool for students to bring along!
This class takes place at Larry Miller's shop: 4621 John Luhr Rd Ne Olympia, WA 98516. Ages 18+ only.
Please note: Because the safety requirements of this class involve close proximity between students and instructor, we ask that each student be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before participating.
Class will cover basic lathe operation, safety, proper use of lathe tools, tool sharpening, how to prepare wood for turning, mounting techniques, and finishing. This is a hands-on class where students will complete a spindle project (wooden carving mallet, stirring spurtle, or garden dibble - student’s choice) and a small bowl, both of which they’ll take home after the class. For students interested in acquiring their own lathe or tools, the instructor will provide a catalog and go over different lathe options and tips on how to acquire equipment and tools at reduced cost. Focus is on the basics and will cover Lathe safety, Difference between end grain and side grain, Preparing the turning blank, Laying out the log and rough sawing, Rounding the blank – band saw, chain saw, Mounting techniques – pro/con of each and a demonstration, Face plate, Screw chuck, Scroll chuck, Between centers, Jam chucks, Pressure chucking, Vacuum chucking, Tool use, when to use and how – include hands on with coaching, Bowl gouge, Spindle gouge, Scrappers, Tool sharpening, Turning – demonstration, hands on and coaching, Roughing, Bowls, Design using different tools, Sanding, and Finishing.
Instructor: Larry Miller
Capacity Remaining: 0
Dates: 8/14/2021 - 8/14/2021
Times: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Building: Larry Miller's Shop
Saturday 8:30am-4:30pm - later if necessary to finish projects.
Capacity Remaining: 5
Schedule Details: Saturday 8:30am-4:30pm - later if necessary to finish projects.
Dates: 9/11/2021 - 9/11/2021
Dates: 10/9/2021 - 10/9/2021
Dates: 11/13/2021 - 11/13/2021
Dates: 12/11/2021 - 12/11/2021
Students will learn the basics of woodworking in this introductory class while building a Kentucky stick chair. Course will cover choosing material, measuring & layout, accurate cutting, drilling holes, surface prep and assembly. Safety, use of power & hand tools, setting up a shop, and finishing will also be covered.
This Lightweight and foldable chair is an excellent addition to an outdoor space. It can be customized in several ways to suit any personal style.
If available, students may wish to bring an electric drill and any smoothing or shaping tools. All materials and a shareable class set of tools will be provided.
Ages 16 and older welcome! FREE for youth with financial need - call us at 360-350-0187 for enrollment at no cost with a youth scholarship.
Enter from the alley way behind building. Please wear a mask for the duration of the class.
We are still taking precautions against COVID:
Please visit our website for a detailed description of the precautions we are taking during the COVID-19 pandemic and for the requirements for all who visit the school.
Instructor: John Chernoff
Schedule Details: October 2 & 9, 9am-1pm
Dates: 10/2/2021 - 10/3/2021
Times: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Days: Su Sa
Building: Arbutus Folk School
In this class students will learn some fundamental skills of hand tool woodworking through constructing a small dovetail box. On the first day students will learn how to use basic layout tool and will cut a practice dovetail joint. The following days will be committed to cutting joinery, making a simple lid, and applying a finish. Students will become familiar with hand saws, chisels, marking tools, and simple maneuvers on a router table. Students may choose to bring a headlamp for added lighting on fine details. Open to ages 14 and older; children ages 10-14 may be admitted with a parent. This will require both student and parent to be registered. Full scholarships available for youth with financial need; call 360-350-0187 to apply.
Instructor: Terry Liberty
Capacity Remaining: 1
Schedule Details: 8/20-8/22: Fri 6-9pm, Sat 10am-4pm, and Sun 10am-4pm
Dates: 8/20/2021 - 8/22/2021
Times: 6:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Days: Su F Sa
For those of you who have been curious about or have struggled with the use of hand planes in your woodworking, this is the course for you. You will learn how these versatile and essential tools fit in with any style of woodworking, whether you are a “hand tools only” worker or, like our instructor, one who uses both power and hand tools.
In “Taming The Handplane”, woodworker Terry Liberty will cover the basics of plane construction, function and technique, followed by demonstrations of their use. After that there will be plenty of time for coached, hands-on practice with the school’s sharp, well tuned planes. Bench planes and block planes will be the primary focus.
Terry’s objective is to demystify these often misunderstood tools and improve comfort and familiarity with the use, setup and troubleshooting of hand planes so the student is ready to use a plane when the task requires it.
Students may bring their own tools for discussion although we prefer you use the school’s planes during the class in order to make the most of our time together. Ages 18 and older only. Students are requested to bring their lunch to enjoy during the class day.
Capacity Remaining: 4
Schedule Details: Saturday 8/28, 9am-5pm with break for lunch
Dates: 8/28/2021 - 8/28/2021
Times: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
A workshop designed to teach, practice and encourage the sharpening of woodworking hand tools like chisels and hand planes. Attendees will bring their own tools and sharpening equipment to sharpen while discussing technique and best practices. Open to all skill levels, the workshop will provide a structure for all to build skills and confidence.
Instructor will provide some chisels and plane blades to practice on if needed. Some sharpening equipment is available for use but attendees should also bring their own. The intention is for this workshop to occur regularly to allow for continuing education and practice.
Ages 16 and older welcome.
Due to Covid-19 safety protocols, we cannot allow drop-ins at this time - please register to attend.
Capacity Remaining: 6
Schedule Details: Thursday 6-8pm
Dates: 8/19/2021 - 8/19/2021
Times: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Dates: 9/16/2021 - 9/16/2021
Message phone: (360) 350-0187
120 State Avenue NE, #298
Olympia, WA 98501
Facility Physical Address (no mail please):
610 4th Ave E.
Olympia, WA 98501
Funding for Arbutus Folk School has been provided by Humanities Washington and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan of 2020, and by a grant from the Washington State Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.
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