While theatergoers flock to screenings of “The Boys in the Boat,” many BARN woodworkers have a unique connection to this fascinating story.

In 2019, as a community service project, woodworking volunteers helped the Bainbridge Island Rowing Club restore the Quinault, a racing shell designed and built in 1949 by legendary boat builders George and Stan Pocock. George founded the boat-building company Pocock Racing Shells and figured prominently in the events described in the book and film.

The Quinault carried a team of University of Washington freshman rowers to a national championship in 1951, but by the time it was donated to the BI Rowing Club, the historic cedar shell needed significant restoration. BARN volunteer woodworkers stepped up to help. The 61-foot shell was so long that a window had to be removed to get it into the studio (see above)!

This month, Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio members will have their monthly meeting at the rowing club’s new facility, where the restored Quinault is on display, to learn more about this slice of local history. The meeting will start promptly at 9 am on Saturday, Jan. 13, at the club on the waterfront behind Town & Country Market at 281 Brien Drive SE.

Read more about the restoration project and our island’s connection to “The Boys in the Boat” on our blog.

New Cancellation Policy

Life can be unpredictable. If something comes up and you can’t make it to a class or free event you signed up for, please cancel ASAP.

Effective Jan. 5, a cancellation made seven days (168 hours) or more before the first class meeting is eligible for a refund minus a 15% cancellation fee. This fee helps to offset costs associated with cancellation.

Cancellation requests must be made through your profile on BARN’s website, by emailing registrar@bainbridgebarn.org, or by phoning the Registrar at (206) 842-4475. See our cancellation policy for details.

If BARN cancels a class for any reason, students will be notified by email as soon as possible and be issued a full refund.

Woodworking Certificate Open House 

Sunday, Jan. 7, 11 AM – 12 PM

BARN’s Woodworking Basics Certificate program is designed to give students an introduction to woodworking, an industry that includes furniture building, furniture repair and refinishing, cabinet building, and carpentry; as well as and woodcraft/artisan fields such as carving and lutherie (the craft of making stringed musical instruments).

Find out about this exciting opportunity and ask questions at an open house at 11 am this Sunday, Jan. 7, in the Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio.


First Tuesday

First Tuesday Show and Tell

Tuesday, Feb. 6, 7- 9 PM

Come to this informal meetup to collaborate across studios, find out what people are working on, and share your own projects.


Fiber Arts

Block-Printed Pillow

Block Printing Repeat Patterns for Textiles

Saturday & Sunday, March 9 &10
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Learn the endlessly creative exploration of surface design on textiles! The art of block printing and creating repeat patterns on textiles is the slowest process of printing. Once mastered it’s quite rewarding and shows the artisan’s touch.


More Fiber Classes

Weaving: Tapestry Study Group
Every Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:30 PM

Better Together: Weaving Wednesdays
Every Wednesday, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Better Together: Spinning!
Multiple dates available

Fiber Dye Lab Orientation
Tuesday, Jan. 9, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Kitsap Cosplay Guild: Cosplay and Costuming Interest Group
Tuesday, Jan. 9, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Embroidery Study Group
Thursday, Jan. 11, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Better Together: Knitting Circle
Thursday, Jan. 11 or Jan. 25, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Better Together: Basket Making Open Weave 3rd Tuesdays
Tuesday, Jan. 16, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Better Together: Fitting Your Clothes
Wednesday, Jan. 17, 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Fiber Arts Studio Orientation – Activate Your Fob
Friday, Jan. 19, 12:00 – 12:30 PM

Glass Arts

Glass Hearts

Introduction to Boro Pendants: Hearts

Saturday Jan. 13, 1-4 PM

Make several torchworked heart pendants to keep or to share. The instructor will demonstrate two or three different methods for making them, and you’ll have time to make them yourself with assistance from the instructor.


More Glass Arts Classes

Glass Studio Orientation
Saturday, Jan. 6, 12:30 – 1:30 PM

A-Z of Stained Glass
Six Wednesday meetings, beginning Jan. 31, 12:00 – 3:00 PM

Techniques in Soft Glass Torchwork – Raking
Sunday, Feb. 4, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Make a Steel Display Stand for Glass Art
Two Thursday meetings, beginning Feb. 8, 1:30 – 4:00 PM

Jazzy Geometrics
Thursday, Feb. 8, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Jewelry & Fine Metals

Porcelain Bowls

Try It! Porcelain
Jewelry Bowls

Friday, Jan. 26
1 – 4 PM

Learn how to make beautiful porcelain dishes worthy of holding your best jewelry. You’ll learn how to roll a slab, prepare it for use, and determine when it’s ready to work with. You’ll have the opportunity to make several small bowls and decorate them with colorful underglazes.


More Jewelry Classes

Introduction to the Jeweler’s Torch
Friday, Jan. 19, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Jewelry Soldering: Skills Class
Friday, Feb. 9, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Independent Casting
Saturday & Sunday, March 2 & 3, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Introduction to Jewelry: Skills Class
Two Fridays beginning March 15, 9:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Kitchen Arts

History of Whiskey

The History of American Whiskey

Wednesday, Jan. 10
6:30 – 8:30 PM

Taste your way through history! From European immigrants to revolutionaries, gunslingers, and bootleggers, American whiskey has a storied past. We’ll trace the origins and evolution of domestic whiskey and sample eight expressions as we learn why they became popular, how they’re made, and how to select and enjoy them.


More Cooking & Baking Classes

The Wonderful World of Seitan
Thursday, Jan. 25, 6:00 – 7:00 PM & Friday, Jan. 26, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Japanese Green Tea
Saturday, Jan. 27, 2:00 – 3:30 PM

Metal Fabrication

Make Your Own Bolt

Make Your Own Bolt (Intro to the Lathe)

Monday, Jan. 9
6 – 8:30 PM

Gain experience making a bolt on our Hardinge lathe, beginning with a hexagonal aluminum rod. Learn the basic functions of the lathe, including facing, turning, threading, parting, and chamfering. You not only get a chance to gain confidence using our shop tools, but make a lovely bolt that spins freely into the nut you’ll create in our Make Your Own Nut (Intro to the Mill) class.


More Metal Classes

Make Your Own Nut (Intro to the Mill)
Thursday, Jan. 11, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

MIG (Metal Inert Gas) Welding #2
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Finishing a Metal Casting
Thursday, Jan. 25, 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Fusion 360 Basics Beginner
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Print & Book Arts


Letterpress Essentials: The Broadside

Three Fridays, beginning Jan. 26
10 AM – 5 PM

Using poetry or prose of your choosing, learn to set and space lead type, ornaments, and/or cuts to reproduce and illuminate your words. With type set, we’ll go over how to use the Challenge cylinder press, which is ideal for high-precision printing as well as refinements to the type form. This course covers all material necessary for letterpress certification on typesetting and using the Challenge Press.


More Print & Book Arts Classes

Paper Flowers for all Seasons
Multiple dates available

Make a Hand-Sewn Hardcover Book
Thursday & Friday, March 2 & 3, 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Block Printing Repeat Patterns for Textiles
Saturday & Sunday, March 9 & 10, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Tech Lab

Vector Graphics

Vector Graphics 101: Learn to Draw on Your Computer With Inkscape

Saturday, Jan. 27
9 AM – 12 PM

We have a lot of machines that can be controlled by computer at BARN. Getting your design out of these machines starts with capturing your design in a vector graphics application.
The better you understand vector graphics, the easier it is to create a design and have one of these machines turn it into a tangible piece of art.


More Tech Lab Classes

Tech Lab Orientation 
Multiple dates, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

Introduction to 3D Printing
Saturday, Jan. 13, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Laser 101: Intro to Laser Cutter Operations
Friday. Jan. 19, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

CNC 102: VCarve Pro for CNC Router
Tuesday & Wednesday, Jan. 23 & 24, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Fusion 360 Basics Beginner
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 6:00 – 8:30 PM

Unleashing Creativity with AI
Wednesday, Feb. 7,  6:00 – 8:00 PM

Tech Talk: Electronic Music from Barrel Organ to Garage Band
Sunday, Feb. 11, 1:00 – 2:00 PM


Build a Chair

Build a Chair with Bob Spangler

Nine meetings, beginning Monday, Feb. 12

Build a chair designed specifically for this advanced woodworking class by a noted Bainbridge Island furniture maker.


More Woodworking Classes

Carving Afternoon (Free)
Sundays, 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Intro to Bowl Turning
Multiple dates available

CNC 101: Make a Sign
Multiple dates available

Build a Pair of Versatile Sawhorses
Four meetings beginning Monday, Feb. 19, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

CNC 102: VCarve Pro for CNC Router
Tuesday, Jan. 23 & 24, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Northfield Bandsaw
Tuesday, Jan. 30, 3:00 – 6:00 PM

Try it! Make a Bandsaw Box
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Fusion 360 Basics Beginner
Multiple dates available

Cabinet-Building Basics
Three meetings beginning Wednesday, Feb. 7, 6:00 – 9:00 PM


Beth Jusino

Self-Edit Your Memoir with Beth Jusino

Saturdays, beginning Jan. 13
9 AM – 12 PM

How clearly can you see your own work in progress? This is an especially hard question when the story you’re writing is personal. This six-month, intensive class will help you review, revise, rethink, and finalize your memoir to create a final draft.

More Writing Classes

Write Now Thursdays on Zoom (Free, Online)
Thursdays, 9:30 – 11:30 AM

Writing in Three Layers
Thursday, Jan. 11, 3:00 – 4:30 PM

Self-Edit Your Novel with Beth Jusino
Six meetings beginning Saturday, Jan. 13, 1:00 – 4:00 PM

Querying 101 with Rafe Posey
Thursday, Jan. 25, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

How to Write a Romantic Comedy
Friday, Jan. 26, 3:00 – 4:00 PM

Write Your Book in the New Year
Six meetings beginning Saturday, Feb. 3, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Screenwriting Basics with Colette Freedman
Six meetings beginning Monday, Feb. 12, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Writing, Pitching, and Submitting Genre Fiction
Seven meetings beginning Thursday Feb. 29, 7:00 – 8:00 PM


Youth Filmmaking

Youth Filmmaking Workshop (Ages 12-15)

Six Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 10
4:30 – 5:30 PM

You don’t need fancy, expensive things to make a film — come see how easy it is and make your own short film. Starting with the very basics of what makes a good story, we work our way through screenwriting, shooting, and editing. You’ll create a short film of two to five minutes. At the end, you can show off all your hard work at the wrap party!

More Youth Classes

Youth Maker Mondays: Improv for All! (Ages 12-18)
Multiple dates available

Youth Maker Mondays: Build a Wooden Lamp (Ages 12-16)
Three Mondays, beginning Feb. 5, 2:30 – 5:00 PM

Youth Maker Mondays: Build a Tiny House Model
Three Mondays, beginning March 4, 2:30 – 5:00 PM