THE Crafts Center
Wood Classes

For woodshop classes and studio use, participants must be age 18 or older and have health insurance. Crafts Center classes are extracurricular, non-credit classes. All wood classes include a pass for access to the woodshop for the current semester. Workshops do not include a studio pass but workshop participants may purchase a studio pass at the level I price.

The woodshop is available for use without taking a class. More information>


Cancellations: For a refund, the Crafts Center staff must be notified of a cancellation at least 7 days before the class or workshop begins; $10 is non-refundable. If the class or workshop is cancelled by the Crafts Center, you will receive a full refund.

 

Absences: To receive the best experience and get the most out of your class, attendance at all classes is important as there are no provisions for make-up sessions for missed classes.


For NC State Students Only - Making the Longboard Skateboard Deck, Woodturning Bootcamp, and Crafternoons: Sessions C & E . Find all the details on the NC State Students Only page & view more classes especially for NC State Students.


PROJECTS IN WOODimage of a woodworker
Instructors: Tim Bevacqua


After completing the introductory woodworking class, are you eager to get started on your next woodworking project? From a plan and materials of your own choosing, discussion on the first night is aimed at getting you going. From there, this class will be all hands-on requiring possible work time outside of class to complete your project. Expect to spend $20 - $75 for materials, depending on choice of project and wood used.

 

Section A: Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, August 25 – September 29

 

Section B: Wednesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, October 7 – November 11

 

Prerequisites: Completion of How to Use Woodshop Machines and Handtools class with basic woodworking skills.

 

Class fee
I = $50
II = $90
III = $100


HOW TO USE WOODSHOP MACHINES AND HANDTOOLSimage of a wood table

Instructor: Zach Gregory


Interested in woodworking and have never been exposed to the larger machines, tools and processes? Students in this introductory hands-on class will learn the skill sets of machine woodworking while constructing a floating top table suitable for use at home or in any residence hall room. Visit Zach’s website: stedfastdesigns.com

 

Section A: Wednesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, August 26 – September 30

 

Section B: Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm,
October 6 – November 10

 

Supply fee
$28


Class fee
I = $50
II = $90
III = $100


WOODTURNINGimage of wood bowl being turned on a lathe
Instructors: Bill and Jim Wallace

 

Turn wooden bowls and spindles! In this introductory class, students will have the opportunity to explore the very different experiences found in turning the side grain of a spindle and the end grain found in making a bowl. The supply fee includes plenty of wood and use of lathe tools during class and studio. Visit Bill’s website: newlightwoodworks.com.


Tuesday evenings for 6 weeks, 6:30 – 9:30 pm, September 1 – October 6

 

Prerequisites: Completion of How to Use Woodshop Machines and Handtools class with basic woodworking skills.

 

Supply fee
$26


Class fee
I = $50
II = $90
III = $100


IMAGES AND SCRIPT: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SHOPBOT CNC ROUTER image of wolj routed with the CNC router
Instructor: Zach Gregory


An introduction to the Crafts Center’s ShopBot router, students will design imagery, create tool paths and execute basic cuts. CAD (computer-aided design) software will be used to develop imagery before setting up the machine to cut and inlay designs into matching pockets on contrasting hardwood. Engraving of script and other designs will be explored to embellish wooden plaques. All cutting bits and materials will be furnished during the class. You must provide your own bits for use outside of class. Visit Zach’s website: stedfastdesigns.com.

 

Monday evenings for 4 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, September 14 – October 5

 

Prerequisites: Must be proficient in the arts of digital rendering and related digital creativity.

 

Supply fee

$10

 

Class fee

I = $33
II = $60
III = $67


THE ELECTRIC CIGAR BOX GUITAR image of cigar box guitar

Instructor: Sam Mayes (an NC State student)


Build your own axe! We’ll saw and set the frets, shape the neck, install tuning machines and wire the pick-ups. This simple four-string instrument is fun to make and even more fun to play! Though learning to play will be up to you, we’ll provide wood, the cigar box, and all the other bits and pieces needed to make your guitar sing.


Monday evenings for 5 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, September 14 – October 12

 

Supply fee

$45

 

Class fee

I = $42
II = $75
III = $83


CONSTRUCTING A QUEEN ANNE STYLED FOOTSTOOL pattern and toools for making a Queen Anne style spoon foot
Instructor: David Trueblood

 

Working with 12/4” poplar blanks, you’ll machine cut mortises before band sawing the signature reverse “S” curve common to the Queen Anne cabriole styled leg. The real fun comes in the hand sculpting needed to shape and refine the elegant knee and spoon foot. After completing four matching legs, you’ll tenon the aprons before final assembly. It’ll be up to you to add a padded top of your own.


Saturday mornings for 5 weeks, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, September 26 – November 7 (skip October 10)

 

Prerequisites: Completion of How to Use Woodshop Machines and Handtools class with basic woodworking skills.

 

Supply fee

$24

 

Class fee

I = $50
II = $90
III = $100


WOODTURNED INK PENS (Workshop) wood pen being turned on a lathe
Instructor: Stephen Odom (an NC State Student)

 

For all skill levels. On Friday evening you’ll practice turning a little before working to cut and prepare several pen blanks using exotic woods. Saturday will be filled with turning as you create several quality writing instruments of your own design. The supply fee covers materials used to make three pens. Additional kits can be purchased at the workshop.


Friday, October 2, 6:30 - 9:30 pm and Saturday, October 3, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

 

Supply fee

$10

 

Workshop fee

I = $19
II = $35
III = $39


SCROLL SAW IMAGERY image of a group of wooden trees, elephants and whales cut out with a scroll saw
Instructor: Maria Chang

 

Puzzles, portraiture, and layer-built imagery - all of these can be created out of colorful woods with the help of the scroll saw. Gain confidence in scroll sawing as you work to complete a basic project. Once the machine is mastered, you will explore more advanced techniques, work with more advanced patterns, and even create imagery of your own design.


Monday evenings for 4 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, October 12 – November 2

 

Supply fee

$6

 

Workshop fee

I = $33
II = $60
III = $67

 


THE THREE-LEGGED STOOL image of Alan Leland's 3-legged woodturned stool

Instructor: Alan Leland

 

A weekend class! Put your woodturning skills to work making this sturdy sitting stool perfect for both the dining table or for whiling away the hours playing your favorite instrument. Alan Leland sells his must-see elegant rendition of the classical three legged stool at our Annual Holiday Crafts Fair. The 17” long spindle turned legs made of dark walnut complement a seat made of cream colored maple (no cross-bracing.) A $25 materials fee, paid to instructor at the end of the workshop, includes all wood as well as other class supplies. Visit Alan’s website: alanleland.com.

 

Saturday and Sunday, October 24 & 25, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

Prerequisites: Completion of an introductory woodturning class with basic woodturning skills.

 

Workshop fee

I = $44
II = $80
III = $89


THE WOODTURNED ORNAMENT (Workshop) turned wood ornament

Instructor: Alan Leland

 

Perfect for the holiday tree! Use the wood lathe to hollow featherweight globes from colorful wood and then turn top caps and detailed icicles to complete your ornaments! An $8 materials fee, paid to instructor at the end of the workshop, includes all wood, as well as other class supplies. Basic experience in woodturning is required. Visit Alan’s website: alanleland.com.

 

Saturday, October 31, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Sunday, November 1, 12:30 - 5:00 pm

 

Prerequisites: Completion of an introductory woodturning class with basic woodturning skills.

 

Workshop fee

I = $35
II = $63
III = $70


CHIP CARVING example of chip carving
Instructor: Leon Harkins

 

For all skill levels.Learn this traditional form of ornamental carving in which a design is incised directly into the wood surface. Using a one tool approach, the class will be introduced to the fundamentals of design, carving technique and tool care. Students will have the opportunity to complete several carvings in which lettering, freeform, or geometric style will be explored. An $18 supply fee payable to the instructor on the first night includes wood and a knife for use during class.


Monday evenings for 5 weeks, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, November 2 – 30

 

Class fee

I = $42
II = $75
III = $83


For NC State Students Only -Making the Longboard Skateboard Deck, Woodturning Bootcamp, and Crafternoons: Sessions C & E . Find all the details on the NC State Students Only page & view more classes especially for NC State Students.


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