Woodworking

Faculty

  • Adrien Segal
  • Donna Lauzon
  • Douglas Hill
  • Drew Prober
  • Elliott Surber
  • Felix Torres
  • Gregg Senn
  • Heather Trosdahl
  • Jeffery Goodwin
  • Johanna Neaderhouser
  • Jolie Karno
  • Jose Juarez
  • Justin Mrazik
  • Ledora Lewis-Hightower
  • Lindsay Partridge
  • Marin Nunez
  • Mateo Hao
  • Matt Wolpe
  • Melanie Abrantes
  • Michael Bray
  • Rachel Cohen
  • Russell Hilken
  • Shawn Hibmacronan

In The Crucible’s woodworking program, you will acquire skills using hand tools and power tools, learn to carve and turn wood, and apply this knowledge to your own projects. Students become familiar with different types of woods, appropriate techniques for working with them, and gain an understanding of basic furniture-making and cabinetry design.

Woodworking classes taught at The Crucible

This is a comprehensive description of Woodworking classes offered during one or more “Wave” periods each year, but which may not be scheduled at this time. To view current and upcoming class schedules, visit the Adult Index Page and Youth Index Page.


Adult

  • Fundamentals of Woodworking

    Begin your woodworking experience in this 2-day introduction to tools and techniques. We will cover the basics of wood technology, what tools to use, how to use them, and how to care for them. Bring a notebook and comfortable shoes, as this will be a fast-paced, hands-on overview.

  • Hand-Cut Dovetails

    Cutting dovetail joints by hand is a milestone in the path of a fine woodworker. Students learn how to use chisels and saws to cut dovetails precisely, getting feedback on how to improve their work with hand tools. This class is appropriate for beginners and those with some woodworking experience who wish to further their hand tool skills.

  • Introduction to Timberframing

    Timberframing is a traditional technique for building large and small structures using only wooden joinery. Prized for its structural integrity and beauty, as well as reliance on hand skills, timberframing is regaining popularity in modern applications. We will start with an overview of the different styles and aesthetics involved, and move into the specific tools that are used to lay out and cut the strong joints. Each student gets guided practice time making sample joints. We will all work together to make a small structure that can be raised on the final day of class.

  • Spoon Carving By Hand

    Learn basic principles of working with wood while making your own carved wooden spoon. Topics covered include different types of wood, grain direction, carving, shaping, and food safe finishes. Through short demonstrations and lectures, we will use a combination of power and hand tools, exploring the material for its functionality as a creative medium. At the end of the workshop, students leave with a unique spoon, ready to use! All materials included.

  • The Art of Woodcarving & Sculpting

    This class introduces basic hand tools and their functions through hands-on demonstrations. Students learn about the history, cultural significance, and process of woodcarving and sculpting. We will cover design, carving approaches, and tool sharpening and maintenance. Students are given expert guidance through every step of the carving process, from brainstorming to adding fine detail. You will create a 3-D project of your own design, inspired by culture, myth, folklore or your own imagination!

  • The Bandsaw Box

    You don’t need a fully equipped shop to enjoy woodworking! In this class, you will learn to design, make, and finish a unique wood box. With an emphasis on tool safety and material exploration, we will use a combination of power tools and hand tools to make boxes of all shapes and sizes. Beginning with a solid block of wood, you will learn how to lay out, cut, sculpt, and reassemble the block into the form of a box. Demonstrated techniques will include hidden hinges, small drawers, pull knobs, and fitted lids, as well as texturing, carving, burning, painting, and finishing. Suitable for beginning and intermediate students, all materials provided.

  • Woodturning I

    Use a lathe to turn a rough piece of wood into a beautifully shaped spindle or bowl. In a jam-packed, 2-day class, you will learn the basics of the turning process. The class will cover tool usage and sharpening, as well as wood selection, preparation, and finishing.

  • Woodturning II

    Explore more advanced projects, now that you are comfortable using the lathe and understand basic tool usage. This class gives students more time on the machines with the guidance of the instructor. Demonstrations in additive sculpture will be emphasized. Bring your own materials and project ideas! PREREQUISITE: Woodturning I

  • Woodworking I

    Learn how to use power tools, as well as traditional and modern hand tools, safely and effectively. Class assignments introduce basic concepts and techniques, to give you the skills needed for many woodworking projects such as mill board flattening and straightening, creating strong joints for connecting wood, and gluing boards together to make a panel. Students leave with a strong foundation for more advanced wood classes and a small end table. All tools for learning are provided.

  • Woodworking II

    Explore advanced woodworking methods, now that you are comfortable in the woodshop. You will use hand-cut dovetails or a variety of machine-cut joinery, and learn about the use of jig and fixtures to speed your workflow. Apply your newly learned skills and techniques to furniture making and other projects. Bring your own materials and design ideas! PREREQUISITE: Woodworking I

Youth

  • Skateboard Building (ages 12-17)

    Design and build your very own custom skateboard from seven layers of hard maple veneer. Learn woodworking techniques and the concepts of vacuum press veneering and bending wood. Practice using basic woodworking power tools including the band saw and power sanders, as well as hand tools such as files, rasps, and planes. Apply a basic wood finish and set up your skateboard deck to ride. This course is based on the book “The Handmade Skateboard” by Matt Berger.

  • Youth Woodcarving & Sculpting (ages 8-11)

    Learn the history, cultural significance, and process of woodcarving and sculpting, including design and carving approaches. Through hands-on demonstration and approach, students get expert guidance through every step of the carving process, from brainstorming to adding fine detail. You’ll create a unique 3-D project of your own.

  • Youth Woodturning (ages 12-17)

    Using a lathe, you can turn a rough piece of wood into a beautifully shaped spindle or bowl. In a jam-packed, 5-day class, you will learn the basics of the turning process as you explore small bowl turning and spindle turning. The class will cover tool usage and sharpening, as well as wood selection, preparation, and finishing.

  • Youth Woodworking (ages 14-17)

    Learn to use hand and power tools to shape wood into objects that will last for decades. You’ll learn about the properties of lumber, safe tool use, measurement and layout, and fundamental woodworking joints. At the end of this week-long course, you’ll leave with an end-grain cutting board, a mitered corner box, and the skills to build an unlimited range of wooden objects.