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 lets you choose the projects you find interesting, in a way that builds and reinforces the skills you're learning.
Creativity is built right in. Each project is flexible: you can choose the dimensions and features that work best for you. 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.
All 100-level classes are designed for people with no previous experience in woodworking. They are fun, educational tastes of woodworking that might inspire you to dig deeper into your new hobby!
THE CUTTING BOARD
This one-night class is a primer on converting rough lumber into useable square stock, and is a prerequisite for anyone who wants to explore woodworking. Along the way, we'll mill up enough wood to create a beautiful, useful cutting board that you designed!
The PENCIL BOX
In this two-night class we'll build a simple, beautiful box with a sliding lid. This is a great opportunity to explore different kinds of wood and how they can combine for dramatic, classic, or subtle effects.
The Woodworking School
Ready to dive in? Enroll in the school! We'll meet once a week to work through the projects you want at your own pace. Choose from my (ever-expanding) library of carefully designed projects, or bring your own ideas and we'll work together to expand them into a full project.
The school meets once per week, in the evening, for three hours. Classes are small, with only two* students at a time. You'll get plenty of private, one-on-one instruction as part of each three-hour class.
During the class we'll work together on a project that you've picked. Every project is centered around a skill and builds on previous projects to move your woodworking adventure along at a comfortable pace. We'll start with cutting boards (everybody starts with a cutting board) and then move along to boxes, stools, benches, tables, cabinets ... and then whatever you can imagine. As we progress through the projects you'll learn how to use both power tools and hand tools (and when to use each). We'll cover sharpening, finishing and design. We'll talk about the best tools to buy for your own home workshop and the style of work you want to create. We'll also uncover all the beauty wood has to offer, and try to humbly do good by this inspiring material.
Students who are enrolled in the Woodworking School also get the following benefits!
- Email consultations with me about projects, wood, design, finishing, and anything else you're curious about**. Pick my brain!
- Access to my private collection of rare and unique woods. Huge chestnut slabs? Parts from an old mahogany piano? Wine barrel staves? Pear, cherry, apple, holly, birch logs? Weathered old fence boards? Students can shop in my wood stack!
- Discounts on studio rental. Want some extra time to move your project along? Book the whole professional wood shop for your own use!
- Borrow from my library of woodworking books: inspirational manuals from masters like Krenov and Maloof, how-to guides, project plans, and almost every issue of Fine Woodworking magazine.
*We've got plans to expand the studio in the fall to accommodate another one or two students at a time. Stay tuned!
**I have a pretty good recipe for sourdough bread.
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!