Try It! Make a Tuteur for Your Garden


Try It! Make a Tuteur for Your Garden

Create a structure that's both garden art and growing tool.

Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Mon, 8/12/2024 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Mon, 8/12/2024


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Class, Try It, No Prerequisite

Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio

General Woodworking


Tuteurs are tall, self-supporting trellises shaped like pyramids. In spring and summer, they often hold up vines or help steady tall plants. As many garden plants die back in late fall and winter, they stand on their own as garden ornaments.

You'll cut strips of cedar to length, fasten them together with screws, and shape the finial ornament using a bandsaw. You can leave your tuteur to weather to a natural gray in the garden or take it home to paint or stain.


Skills level: Beginners and beyond. Although designed for people with little to no woodworking experience, more seasoned woodworkers also are welcome.


A $75 materials fee, included in the class fee, covers everything you need.

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • Wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid dangly clothing or jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.

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

David Grant

A retired and "partially rehabilitated attorney," David has been a woodworker for 60-plus years. He started out as a 4H woodworker at age 12 (his kid sister got the cows, he just got a saw and hammer). Prior to the formation of BARN in 2013, he served as the co-president of the Bainbridge Island Community Woodshop along with Roger Lauen, after whom BARN's woodshop is named. His main interest is working on BARN's community service projects since they don't involve building stuff his wife needs to find room for in their house.

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