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.
This is both uninstructed shop time for independent project work using hand tools, and an opportunity for beginners interested in practicing basic hand tool techniques. An experienced woodworking instructor will be on hand to ensure the safe use of tools and equipment.
Register 5 days in advance: $15, less than 5 days or drop in: $20
Note: Arbutus is developing plans for community accesses to woodworking machines during open shop. Updates shared via our newsletter.
Instructor: Francis Fong
Capacity Remaining: 8
Dates: 1/29/2020 - 1/29/2020
Times: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Building: Arbutus Folk School
Dates: 2/5/2020 - 2/5/2020
Capacity Remaining: -2
Dates: 2/7/2020 - 2/9/2020
Times: 6:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Days: Su F Sa
Friday Feb. 7th, 6-9 pm; Saturday and Sunday Feb. 8th and 9th, 10 am - 3 pm.
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: 2
Schedule Details: Saturday, Feb 8, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm - later if necessary to finish projects.
Dates: 2/8/2020 - 2/8/2020
Times: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Building: Larry Miller's Shop
Dates: 2/12/2020 - 2/12/2020
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 Feb. 23rd, 10 am to 1 pm
Dates: 2/23/2020 - 2/23/2020
Times: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
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
Schedule Details: Saturday, May 9, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm - later if necessary to finish projects.
Dates: 5/9/2020 - 5/9/2020
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: Saturday, Sept 12, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm - later if necessary to finish projects.
Dates: 9/12/2020 - 9/12/2020
There is something deeply satisfying to most of us about craftsman-created things that are made from wood. Whether they be as modest as a serving spoon carved from Maple or as elegant as a Queen Anne table fashioned from Mahogany, the delight we feel in them is tangible and grows immeasurably when the spoon or the table is something we have created with our own hands. This comprehensive course will provide the novice or those with only modest experience an opportunity to begin practicing the skills that generations of artisan woodworkers have employed to make beautiful and useful things. From instruction in sharpening and hand tool set-up through project conceptualization and planning, timber selection, wood milling, joinery and fabrication, and finally to the application of a variety of wood finishes, the course will equip you with both the confidence and the fundamental skills necessary to begin shaping timber to a handsome purpose.
Completing the project on schedule will require either working from home or in the open studio time. If you do not have tools and work space at home to work on your project, we strongly recommend taking advantage of the open studio option on Wed evenings 6-9 pm.>
Week 1 - Class 1: Sharpening, Class 2: Project Planning and Wood Selection
Week 2 - Class 3: Handtool instruction and practice Class 4: Joinery instruction
Week 3 - Class 5: Begin Project, Class 6: Project
Week 4 - Classes 7 and 8: Project
Week 5 - Classes 9 and 10: First finish
Week 6 - Class 11: Second finish
Instructor: Madeline "Maddie" Morgan
Capacity Remaining: 4
Dates: 1/14/2020 - 2/13/2020
Days: Tu Th
Tue & Thu eves, Jan 14 - Feb 13, 6-9 pm
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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