Classes at Ruby Pear Woodworks are fun, inclusive, and empowering. Whether you're a complete beginner or know your way around a table saw, you'll find a fun project to help you grow your skills and passion.
All the classes are built around simple, useful projects. I've designed a curriculum that builds and reinforces the skills you're learning with each new piece you make.
Creativity is built right in. Each project is flexible: you can choose the dimensions and wood. And since this workshop has a wood-first philosophy, with every project I'll teach you how to look at wood with a fresh perspective. You pick the species, boards, and grain patterns that are just right for you!
Classes are small, so you'll get lots of individual instruction along the way. We keep the focus on safety and how to bring the skills you're learning back home to your own projects.
The Woodworking School
Ready to dive in? Enroll in the school! Over the course of 8 weeks we'll go over all the woodworking basics -- from hand tools to power tools and everything in between. This is a beginner's-level class that is perfect for people with little to no experience in woodworking.
We'll build three projects in this class, each centered around a set of skills.
First, we'll build a simple, beautiful cutting board. I'll use this project to give you an introduction to the four essential big power tools: miter saw, jointer, planer and table saw.
Second, we'll build a pencil box with a sliding lid. This one brings the bandsaw into the mix, and gives you plenty more practice at the table saw.
And finally, we'll build a small side table. You'll get to pick the dimensions (so long as it's "small"), wood, and details. After milling up the wood we'll use a combination of power tools and hand tools to make perfectly-fitting traditional mortise and tenon joints.
Just you, me, and a shop full of tools!
I'll craft a custom curriculum for you to learn whatever it is you're interested in. Want to learn the basics? Double down on hand tools? Build a cutting board or pencil box? Learn how to master a specific joint? I'll help you out!
Materials are extra (or bring your own). Safety gear (eyes/ears/lungs) required. Read this page about shop safety.
Sessions are three hours long, and offered weekdays and some evenings. Please contact me before booking this class to discuss the kind of instruction you'd like and our mutual availability. Maximum two people per class.
Private lessons make great gifts!
Do you already know the ins and outs of table saws and routers? Looking for a well-equipped shop where you can practice your craft on evenings and weekends? The Ruby Pear Woodworks shop is available for rent!
The following equipment is available:
- 3 HP Sawstop table saw
- mitre/chop saw
- 8" helical jointer
- 13" helical planer
- 22-44 oscillating drum sander
- Router table
- Sanding station with spindle sander
- Drill press
- 14" bandsaw
- Compressor with nail gun
- Various small electric tools including biscuit jointer, jigsaw and track saw
Studio renters get private access to the entire shop. The studio is rented in three-hour blocks at a cost of $15 per hour.
Renters need to bring their own router bits, drill bits, hand tools, tape measure, squares, and the like. Some specialty tools (eg., domino jointer) are available for an extra fee. No power tools are allowed after 9pm, and the studio closes at 9:30pm.
By appointment. Safety interview required. Contact me for more details!