New Woodworking Courses!

Sterling will once again be teaching woodworking classes at Oregon College of Art and Craft beginning this summer, starting in June!  There are classes to fit your summer schedule with 10 week, 6 week and weekend workshops all available.  Sign up early.  It's a long list, so make sure to scroll through to find one (or two...) that sound good.  Click below for more pricing and sign up.



10 Week Courses:
Introduction to Furniture Making
In this course students will build fundamental woodworking skills, culminating in a single project – a side table. This course is paced for those new to the craft of woodworking and covers basic woodworking tools and machines, their use and fundamental processes and joinery. Students will make their table from a provided design. Through demo, lecture and most importantly by you making, students will gain the experience and confidence to complete future works. Safe use of the tools is heavily emphasized throughout the process as we learn to operate machinery. Students will employ the foundational mortise and tenon joint in the creation of their tables. This class is designed to empower those new to woodworking through the creation of a beautiful and functional table made by hand.
June 11 - August 13
Sundays, 6:30-9:30pm

Simple Wall Cabinet

This course touches on both contemporary and traditional joinery methods while building an attractive, small wall hung cabinet. With this project, beginner level students will learn fundamental wood working practices - such as milling lumber and machine tool use, while more experienced students will pick up new tips and tricks for refining their process and learn basic carcass construction. This cabinet can be used as a display cabinet, or be customized to house small tools, spices, etc.  Students will be provided with a design to build along side the instructor.
June 12- August 14
Mondays, 6:30-9:30pm


6 Week Courses:
Mirror, Mirror...
Build a hall mirror perfect for checking yourself out before you head out the door, or to update your mirror in the bathroom. Students will learn basic woodworking practices, including milling lumber and machine tool use. This mirror uses simple half lap joinery, allowing us to focus on simple, crisp details added with hand tools.  Students will apply finish to their mirrors before wrapping up, making them ready to hang following class. Students will purchase lumber following the first class. Mirror and necessary hardware will be provided. Course designed for Beginner+
July 26 - August 30
Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm

Jigs and Shop Accessories

Simple, shop made jigs can be some of the most useful. A well made jig can improve accuracy, safety and repeatability, while others are used for specific joinery. This course will look at some common jigs for the shop, including auxiliary sleds and fences for the table saw, pattern making and jigs for the router table as well as hand tool accessories. Students will learn how to build accurate sleds and other accessories for their home shop or use the examples as a reference for future jig making. Students will be able to make some jigs during the course; others will need to be completed in their home shop to fit their specific equipment. This course is focused on those who have previous woodworking experience or have taken wood courses at OCAC before. Introductory topics will not be covered. Students will purchase materials as needed following the first class.
June 14 - July 19
Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30pm

Weekend Workshops:
Turned and Lidded Boxes
Learn the basic skills for creating turned lidded forms and boxes on the lathe. In this three-day intensive, students will explore the various chucking methods and turning techniques required while building upon their previous turning knowledge. Through demonstration and individual guidance students will create one or more vessels, depending on time. Students will work to a maximum of 6” in all dimensions. Open to students who have previous turning experience or have completed a turning course. Turning blanks will be provided; students are encouraged to bring dry, domestic lumber to supplement. No exotics please.  Prerequisite: Open to intermediate / advanced turners. Must have taken a previous turning course.
June 16-18
Friday 6:30-9:30, Saturday & Sunday 9am-4pm

Carving the Spoon

Learn to carve your own spoons! In this three-day workshop, you’ll learn how to shape, carve, hollow, refine and finish a spoon, from start to finish. The focus of this workshop will be hand carving a spoon from a kiln-dried piece of lumber. Safety is emphasized throughout the process, we will also discuss wood selection and food safe finishes. In addition to your spoon(s), students will take away the knowledge and skills to continue making spoons at home, including a carving knife and gouge! No experience necessary.
June 30 - July 2
Friday 6:30-9:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-4pm

Dovetail Step Stool

Students will make a simple step stool while learning to hand cut through dovetails.  Dovetails are a time tested, gorgeous and mechanically strong method of joinery. Students will be provided with pre-milled lumber in a kit fashion so we can concentrate on the joinery. Multiple practice pieces will be executed to build confidence and skill before tackling the stool itself. This is a great skill building workshop, cutting dovetails by hand is a challenge that is well worth the time and effort. We will apply finish to our stools should time allow. While no previous woodworking experience is necessary, it is certainly helpful. We will be using predominantly hand tools, including saws and chisels.
July 14 - 16
Friday, 6:30-9:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-4pm

Traditional Japanese Toolbox

Students will walk away with a great traditional Japanese toolbox, suited for your woodworking tools, art supplies, keepsakes, etc. These toolboxes are simple to construct, utilizing simple joinery methods and reinforced with cut nails.  The toolbox features a locking, sliding/removable lid to house its contents. Students can later outfit the interior of their toolboxes to fit their specific needs. Students will use both hand tools and limited power tools for construction of this project. This workshop is great for those new to woodworking or for those just in need of a toolbox! All materials will be provided.
July 28 - July 30
Friday 6:30pm - 9:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-4pm

Build a Wooden Hand Plane
Build a beautiful hand plane in this fun weekend workshop! In addition to being great tools, wooden planes are as handsome to look at as they are to make, and satisfying to use. Students will cut, assemble, shape, and tune a wood body hand plane, ready for woodworking. This workshop is great for the novice or advanced woodworker looking to make a Krenov style hand plane. All materials, including plane irons, will be provided. Recommended for beginners through experts.
August 11 - August 13
Friday 6:30-9:30pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-4pm



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