Guided Woodworking Open Studio


Guided Woodworking Open Studio

For woodworkers of all skill levels looking to tackle a project with some help and guidance from an instructor.


Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Sun, 10/1/2023 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Sun, 10/1/2023


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Class, Open Studio, Has Prerequisite

Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio

General Woodworking, Woodturning


You and, at most, one other woodworker will have access to an instructor to guide your work. You will share the shop and tools with others, just as in any open studio.

This experience promises to build your woodworking knowledge while increasing confidence and skill using the woodshop. It is open to beginning woodworkers, as well as those with more experience who are seeking help with an unfamiliar process or a technical challenge, such as determining the most suitable joinery or designing a jig.


  • Bring your own materials.
  • You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry.
  • We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.


  • Orientation to the Woodshop
  • Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1 (if you want to use jointers, planers, table saws, chop saw, and/or drill presses)
  • Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2 (if you want to use bandsaws, routers, and router tables, scroll saws and three stationary sanding machines: edge, drum and spindle.
  • If you have not already taken these classes, register for them before enrolling in this program. Please see our calendar.

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Ben Dykstra

Ben Dykstra has been a woodworker for almost 30 years and has expertise in custom furniture and high-end kitchen cabinetry. He has worked with youth for more than 10 years and currently teaches middle school woodshop and high school technical drawing and CAD.

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