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.
Spring is just around the corner and with it our return to enjoying the outdoors. What better way to prepare for the return of warmer weather than to build a beautiful wooden bench for your patio or garden? And making it with your own hands from native northwest Red Cedar using traditional tools and methods will make the experience just that much more enjoyable. Arbutus will supply the tools and materials so, since the class is suitable for everyone from novice to more experienced woodworker, all you need bring is a love for beautiful things made from wood and the willingness to take on a new challenge.
Instructor: Madeline "Maddie" Morgan
Capacity Remaining: 8
Schedule Details: Tuesday & Thursday eves, 6-9pm, April 28, 30, May 5, & 7
Dates: 4/28/2020 - 5/7/2020
Times: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Days: Tu Th
Building: Arbutus Folk School
This course is focused on developing a basic understanding of wooden boatbuilding by constructing a small wooden rowboat (no plywood or glue). The skills learned in this class are useful to anyone who has an interest in woodworking, art, or construction. Throughout the course there will be a variety of demonstrations helping the students prepare for the next step. Working together as a team, the boat will be assembled with near perfect joinery to keep it afloat. Skills acquired will also include basic hand tool use/maintenance, bending wood, making oars, and pattern making. No experience is necessary, but students must be prepared to work diligently to improve hand skills and develop an eye for craftsmanship.
Instructor: Ben Kahn
Capacity Remaining: 7
Schedule Details: August 1-14 from 9am-5pm, skips August 8th & 9th.
Dates: 8/1/2020 - 8/14/2020
Times: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Days: Su D Sa
Class will cover basic lathe operation, safety, proper use of a core set 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) during the morning and a small bowl in the afternoon, both of which they'll take home. For students interested in acquiring their own lathe or tools, the instructor will provide a catalog and review lathe options and tips on how to acquire equipment and tools at reduced costs.
Students are welcome to bring any personal woodturning tools they have and the instructor will review them with the student on proper use and if necessary show them how to sharpen.
13 years and up welcome!
Youth as young as 10 may be permitted but only after instructor has talked to a parent.
Please note class takes place at Larry Miller's shop:
4621 John Luhr Rd Ne
Olympia, WA 98516
Instructor: Larry Miller
Capacity Remaining: 5
Schedule Details: Saturday, April 11, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm - later if necessary to finish projects.
Dates: 4/11/2020 - 4/11/2020
Times: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Building: Larry Miller's Shop
Instructor: Francis Fong
Capacity Remaining: 4
Schedule Details: Friday 4/17 6-9 pm, Saturday & Sunday 4/18 & 4/19 10 am to 3 pm
Dates: 4/17/2020 - 4/19/2020
Times: 6:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Days: Su F Sa
Capacity Remaining: 0
Dates: 4/14/2020 - 4/23/2020
Tuesday & Thursday eves, 6-9 pm, April 14, 16, 21, & 23
Schedule Details: Saturday, May 9, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm - later if necessary to finish projects.
Dates: 5/9/2020 - 5/9/2020
Brushes have many uses, including cleaning off a workspace, gathering rubbish into a dustpan, cleaning off leather boots, or lightly dusting off surfaces around the house.
In this course students will practice the fundamentals of carving and joining wood through crafting a general use wooden brush. The class will consist of designing, practicing basic hand tool techniques, and joining the brush bristles to the body of the brush.
We will be using tampico for the bristles of the brush, a natural fiber derived from the yucca plant.
Students of all skill levels are welcome, and students that are looking for a more challenging project can incorporate elements of traditional joinery into their brush.
Schedule Details: Sunday May 24th from 10-1pm
Dates: 5/24/2020 - 5/24/2020
Times: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Schedule Details: Saturday, June 13, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm - later if necessary to finish projects.
Dates: 6/13/2020 - 6/13/2020
Schedule Details: 3 Sessions: Friday Evening June 19th from 6-9pm, Saturday & Sunday June 20th & 21st from 10-3pm
Dates: 6/19/2020 - 6/21/2020
Schedule Details: Sunday June 28th 10am-1pm
Dates: 6/28/2020 - 6/28/2020
Schedule Details: Saturday, Sept 12, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm - later if necessary to finish projects.
Dates: 9/12/2020 - 9/12/2020
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
Our current open office hours are Mondays and Thursdays, 10-2 pm. Since we have very limited staff, we recommend calling the facility before coming to be sure we are there. We are closed on major holidays.
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