An Introduction to Woodworking

July 9 - July 13, 2021

An Introduction to Woodworking


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $615
Material Fee: $85

Get acquainted (or reacquainted) with the woodshop in this dynamic, hands-on workshop. Learn the basics of woodworking and furniture making as you build a project of your own. Topics to be covered include cutting pieces to size, joinery, and shaping. (Finishing, too if we have time.) The class is centered on the construction of a small bookshelf–about 30 inches wide and 42 inches tall–built from materials commonly available at any home center. The exact size and the detailing of the bookcase is customizable to suit your space.

Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult


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Ken Burton

Ken Burton has been working with wood professionally since 1984. He is spectacularly over-educated for a woodworker, holding an Associate of Arts degree from Bucks County Community College in Fine Woodworking, a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Arts Education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Woodworking and Furniture Design from the School for American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Ken’s studio, Windy Ridge Woodworks is a multifaceted endeavor reflecting his wide range of interests in various craft media. At the heart of the operation is the design and construction of studio furniture, custom cabinetry, and wood sculpture. This is coupled with the teaching of woodworking workshops and the writing of woodworking books and articles. This year, Ken wrapped up his career in public education and has signed on as a Senior Editor with Woodcraft magazine.

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