In our wood studio, we make side tables, beehives, compost bins, coffee tables, serving trays, and more—and we teach you how to make them, too. We focus our education in learning the fundamentals of furniture-making, an in-depth opportunity for community members to learn diverse, applicable woodworking skills and techniques. Every student that takes a class leaves with their own work.
We have been dreaming big in the wood studio recently — we would love to hear from you about what classes you would like to see in 2019.
Wood Studio Classes
Supply fee: $50
This course is an introduction to basic machine tools used in woodworking. Each student will learn the basics of the band saw, the table saw, the router, and other useful machines. We will also discuss in detail "the inch" in wood working, different grains of wood, and wood movement across different machines. Students will create pieces that are the introductory pieces for working with hand tools.
The course will be taught by local master woodworker Shane Carter.
NOTE: This course and the Fundamentals of Hand Tools are a pre-requisite for future woodshop classes.
Supply fee: $50
This course is an introduction to basic hand tools used in traditional woodworking. Each student will learn the basics of using hand saws, planes, chisels, and layout tools; and apply these skills by making their very own slide top box. We will also discus the basics of sharpening edged tools such as planes and chisels used in the class and the basics of furniture construction.
NOTE: This course and the Fundamentals of Machine Tools are a pre-requisite for future woodshop classes.
Supply fee: $85
This six-week class combines woodworking and welding to design and build an end table or plant stand. The class is led by the awesome sculptor and UAB professor Sarah Heath. You will start by choosing a design from various options based on skill level, then move on to learning how to cut, weld, and finish your steel table bottoms in the Metal Studio. Once finished with the bottoms, you'll head to the Wood Studio for a shop orientation and to lay out their table tops from our large selection of wood. From there the wood will be cut, jointed, sanded, stained, and mounted to the steel bases for a finished project. This class is an ideal introduction to those interested in both the Wood Studio and Metal Studio and will discuss safety, basic techniques, and design considerations in each.
Currently, we are not open for new wood studio memberships, but sign up for our newsletter to be notified if membership availability changes.