Classes taught at The CrucibleThe Crucible’s woodworking courses teach you to use hand tools and power tools, to carve and turn wood, and to 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.