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.
Introduction to Woodworking
Let's build! Each 8 week session teaches the basics, from hand tools to power tools, to get you started in your new woodworking hobby. Just two people in each class means you get lots of individual instruction.
Over the course of 8 weeks we'll build three projects. First, the cutting board teaches you the basics of milling wood from rough sawn to square and true. Then the small box introduces some basic joints and gives you lots of practice on the table saw. And finally: with the small table, we learn how to cut traditional mortise-and-tenon joints and create a beautiful piece for your home to show off your new-found skills.
Material fees are charged per project. Materials costs are typically $20 - $40 for smaller projects and $100 - $200 for a small table. Students are welcome to bring in their own materials where appropriate.
Students must be at least 16 years old. Make sure you read this page about shop safety.
Evening classes are from 6pm to 9pm at the Ruby Pear Studio in NW Seattle.
Registration for the Summer session is now open! No classes the week of July 4th.
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!