Orientation to the Woodshop


Orientation to the Woodshop

This introduction to our Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio is required for anyone who wants to work in the studio.


Free (any noted materials fee included)

Policies and Tuition Assistance

Meeting Times
  1. Wed, 8/7/2024 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Wed, 8/7/2024

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Class, Getting Started, No Prerequisite, Studio Orientation

Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio

General Woodworking


This free orientation covers policies and etiquette in a community workshop, along with safety and the studio’s leadership structure. You’ll learn how our studio works and fulfill the orientation prerequisite for further use of the studio and classes.

The open studio experience is discussed as well as what the studio contributes to support members’ learning and project work. 

Learning opportunities to help the studio run smoothly are provided. Volunteer jobs are varied, such as serving as safety monitors, assisting on community service projects, and helping on Monday Maintenance.

If you're new to woodworking, a basic series of classes is explained to help you begin your woodworking experience while using natural and sustainable materials to create with your hands.


This class is free, but registration is required.

This class is a component of BARN's Woodworking Basics Certificate program, which includes 14 classes and a mentored final project. Learn more »

You do not need to be a certificate student to take this class.


Any materials used will be provided.

Class Policies

  • Wear close-toed shoes.
  • 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 accessibility@bainbridgebarn.org 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

Jeff Williams

Jeff spent 30 years as a firefighter for California state and Orange County fire agencies, and another 10 years as director of marketing and events for the Orange County Professional Firefighter Association. Jeff has worked with the Boy Scouts, was events director for the 400-member North Coast Aquatics Swim Team, and the school site director for a new campus design team for the Vista Unified School District, California. After a move to the Northwest in 2010, Jeff joined the Bainbridge Island Community Woodworkers. This led to becoming the Wood Studio's first studio lead and manager of the cabinet build project for BARN during initial construction. He has continued to work on the studio's steering and programming committees, as well as BARN's facilities committee. In 2018, Jeff joined BARN's Board of Directors.

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