The Beginning Woodworking Certificate will prepare students for entry-level jobs in the woodworking industry, with pathways such as furniture building and repair, cabinet building and installation, refinishing, carpentry and niche fields, such as carving or lutherie. Classes will cover hand and power tools, including industrial machines such as the shaper and CNC router. Students will also learn to maintain and repair shop equipment. And they will participate in the studio’s numerous community service projects, which in the past have involved building cabinets, desks, trail kiosks, memorial benches, replacement historical windows, and other challenging projects requested by local non-profits. Students will have access to the studio’s 30 hours a week of open studio time to work on class or personal projects as well as their capstone project. Students will learn how to create an online portfolio of their work, which they will submit for review at the end of each quarter — and can later show to prospective employers or clients.
The fall quarter will focus on learning how to use hand and power tools safely and efficiently. Students will also explore specialized aspects of woodworking through introductory classes in carving and woodturning. They will learn how to sketch and make detailed shop drawings, and they will put these concepts to use as they design and make at least one independent project. As they will all year, students will participate in the community service projects going on in the woodshop, gaining more hands-on, guided shop time.
The winter quarter will focus on more advanced joinery and a deeper dive into understanding properties of wood and panel products, design trends, and how to combine design ideas and wood properties into projects that last. The main focus this quarter will be on making cabinets — both Euro-style cabinets built entirely of plywood and furniture-style cabinets, with frame-and-panel doors and dovetailed, solid-wood drawers. Students will also get to explore other topics through classes such as computer-aided design, using the CNC router, choosing and applying finishes, and building tables or benches from slabs of wood.
The spring quarter will include classes on even more advanced topics, such as shaper use and jig making, veneering, and coaxing wood to curve. But there will be fewer formal classes so students have more time to design and make a capstone project. Students will get an introduction to welding as they create a metal base for a wooden table or bench. And they will learn practical aspects of running a woodworking business or landing a job.
Tuition is $2,300/quarter, for three quarters. Scholarships up to 90% of tuition are available. Additional materials costs will range from $250-$450 per quarter. Download an application form here. For more information, attend one of the upcoming information sessions on August 31 and September 12 or contact Certification Program Coordinator Nanz Aalund at 206-842-4475, x223.