Woodworking 101



It's spring, self- and home-improvement time, and here’s a timely option (especially if you own an older home). In one of the light-filled rooms up at Hope Artiste Village, there’s a woodworking shop-come-co-op that offers classes for anyone interested in learning carpentry, from completely unhandy types to people looking to refine high-level skills.

It’s called Keeseh Studio and summer class registration just opened. Asher Dunn, a fine furniture designer who founded the studio last June after wondering why woodworking shops couldn’t work more like gyms, says they fill up early –– the studio is already outgrowing its space (he’s looking to rent more down the hall). He’s a friendly guy who gets excited about things like the automated CNC router that’s arriving soon (it’s a machine that can carve shapes out of wood using computer modeling) and is working on cooperative arrangements with other cool places like AS220’s print studio and the Steel Yard’s metalworking shop.

So, if you’ve been wanting to make a carved finial, design your own chair, or simply find the right end of a chisel, this is your chance. Class offerings are below; studio membership is also available for people who have the skills but need space and access to tools.

Woodworking for Kids!
Length: 6 classes, 2 hours each
Price: $167
Instructor: Asher Dunn
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Dates: Saturdays 6/27 – 8/8, No class July 4th
This class provides children with an introduction to woodworking. Students will learn about trees and wood species identification, use a hand saw, hammer, drill, wood glue, sandpaper, create structural connections, make a mess, and clean it up too. Using plywood and hardwood in combination, participants will create their own book ends, toy car or plane, and birdhouse or feeder. Wood will be provided for practice and projects.
Ages 8-12

Skateboard Making
Length: 5 classes, 2 hours each
Price: $197
Instructor: Mark Nicholson/Asher Dunn
Time: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Dates: Tuesdays & Wednesdays 6/30, 7/1, 7/7, 7/8, 7/14
You may have read what makes one skate company’s decks better than another’s… now you can learn, and know yours is better than ALL of them! Come make your own deck using rock-hard maple wood, carving forms to design your own concave and nose-tail angles, roll on the glue, and throw ‘em into a high pressure vacuum press. When the glue is dry you’ll use power tools to make the perfect shape for you. You’ll sand your deck smooth, dye it, paint it, sticker it, or leave it all naked wood. We’ll show you how to put a skateboard together right! Finally you’ll apply grip tape, and we’ll take y’all outside to ride your creations. If you don’t know how to Ollie yet, you’ll know how to soon! Wood will be provided for practice and projects.
Ages 15+

Intro to Woodshop Hand Tools
Length: 8 classes, 2 hours each
Price: $290
Instructor: Asher Dunn
Time: 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Dates: Mondays 6/1 – 7/13, No class July 6th
This class provides participants with an introduction to woodshop hand tools. Students learn about chisels, planes, gouges, knives, scrapers, shaves, saws, proper tool sharpening techniques, and sharpening equipment. Making and using shop-made tools will also be demonstrated. Using the techniques shown in class, students will create their own project and carry it out to completion. Wood will be provided for practice though students must provide their own materials for their individual projects and will be given a list of tools to purchase for use in this class.

Intro to Woodshop Machinery
Length: 8 classes, 2.5 hours each
Price: $290
Instructor: Asher Dunn/Shane Richards
Session 1 Tuesdays 6/2 – 7/21, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Session 2 Thursdays 7/30 – 9/17, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
This class provides an introduction to the woodshop. Students learn to identify different wood species, understand grain direction, and moisture distribution in lumber. Participants will then learn to safely operate a joiner, planer, bandsaw, drill press, table saw, and router table. Using a combination of techniques taught in the class, students will create their own projects and carry them out to completion. Wood will be provided for practice though students must provide their own materials for their individual projects.

Advanced Woodshop Experience
Length: 8 classes, 2.5 hours each
Price: $290
Instructor: Asher Dunn
Session 1 Thursdays 6/4 – 7/23, 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Session 2 Tuesdays 7/28 – 9/15, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Want to make a table? Chair? Shelving? This class is geared towards those who have had instruction in basic woodshop machinery. Participants will design and build a project of their own. The class provides an opportunity for students to learn from experienced woodworkers and have the opportunity to gain assistance in developing and completing projects. Has it been a while since you’ve been in the shop? Don’t worry, the first class will be a review to bring you up to speed again. Wood will be provided for practice though students must provide their own materials for their individual projects.

Automated CNC Routing
Length: 5 classes, 2 hours each
Price: $194
Instructor: Asher Dunn
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Dates: Session 1 Wednesdays 6/3 – 7/1, Session 2 Wednesdays 7/8 – 8/5
Students will learn how to operate a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) router. Participants will create their own CAD files, learn how to instruct the machine to cut their files out of selected materials, choose the correct cutting heads for specific applications, determine the cutting speed, and learn proper clamping techniques to secure materials on the cutting surface. Using the techniques shown in class, students will create their own projects and carry them out to completion. Wood will be provided for practice though students must provide their own materials for their individual projects.

MEMBERSHIP
Keeseh Studio is doing its part to support economic recovery through its own stimulus package.  Now through July 4th, Keeseh Studio is offering the first month of rent free to individuals who sign up for full time membership with a minimum contract of 6 months.

Full and part time membership is available to individuals who have taken woodworking classes or have a background in woodworking.  Keeseh Studio’s community woodshop is a place where creative minds come together to work; encouraging the exchange of information, development, and community growth. The studio facilities are designed for woodworking, furniture, products, experimenting, and prototyping with machinery, equipment, and workspace that local artists and designers rent using something resembling a membership system. This gives freelance artists and designers access to capabilities, resources, and a community of others with whom to share their ideas and gain critiques. The studio is supported by the members who pay a monthly fee which helps us to maintain a safe shop and work environment.

999 Main Street, Suite 701
Pawtucket, RI 02860
(248) 877 4425
email Asher
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