Check out our all new classes in basic woodworking and crafting a custom coffee table. Make your own thangs! Not to be missed!

And of course, check out ALL our classes and the calendar on the CLASSES/EVENTS page.

Make a Chef’s Knife

Discover how a blank rectangular piece of steel turns into a knife blade!  Then learn to craft your own custom wooden handle.  A Chef’s Knife is essential to any cook’s kitchen!



WEDNESDAY NIGHTS 6-8pm, *FIRST TIME?  Arrive at 5pm!

Cost: $200 Includes:

  • 5 Class Sessions
  • Small student:teacher ratio
  • Materials for 1 Chef’s Knife
  • Sharpening Best Practices & Skills

Safety Class - Not required for this course; however, participants will not be able to use designated Open Shop hours after completing this course.
Rolling Admission – You may start this class on any Wednesday on/after September 10th! Plan to come 5-8pm your first time to get going and then 6-8pm thereafter.  Have to miss a Wednesday?  No problem, pick up where you left off the following week!

Safety Classes

***In order to use Open Shop hours, tool library members MUST complete a Safety Class.

      • How much is it?  $25, but Open Shop time is FREE.
      • When is it?  Usually 2-3 times per month.
      • Will you learn to use the shop safely?  YES!
      • Will you get hands-on experience with all of the machines?  That depends on you!  You will need to demonstrate that you can safely use a machine in order to be checked off to use it during Open Shop hours.  You can start during your first Open Shop visit.
      • Will we help you build up to that if you are a little terrified of certain tools?  YES!
      • Do you have to take the class if you already know my way around a wood shop? YES! Because this is a space we are all sharing, we all have to be on the same page. Plus the cost of the class allows us to keep Open Shop time FREE for all!

POP UP EVENT – Woodworking Unplugged: Make a Folding Tripod Stool


Woodworking Unplugged:

Make a folding tripod stool!


Join us for this very special 1-day event with social sculptor, artist, and educator Rod Northcutt – Woodworking Unplugged!  Learn to craft a foldable tripod stool utilizing traditional wood working tools and skills – none of which require electricity!  Great to take to summer concerts, picnics, BBQ’s, whatever floats your boat!


417 E Oliver St. 21202

Originally $120 <—1/2 off Pop Up pricing = $60  !!!!

NOTE:  This event was originally listed as 11a-5p, it is now 5-10p

The Instructor: Rod Northcutt is interested in people—how they live, die, love, fight, screw, eat, drink, share, hoard, isolate, commune, work, make, and think.

He was trained in art schools  (MFA in Sculpture from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, BFA in Painting & Drawing from the University of North Texas) and he has exhibited internationally, although he gave up on making pretty things for rich people long ago. He has lived and worked in Austin, Southern New Mexico, Chicago, Detroit, Rochester, and Southern Ohio, and he began teaching at the university level in 1999 in El Paso.

He now creates projects that aim to generate dialogs within communities through creative, making-based practice. He is a professor of sculpture at Miami University, Ohio and he maintains a community studio in rural College Corner, OH, Called MAKETANK Projects with his wife Christina Miller and also is one of two co-directors of MAKETANK, Inc. which administers the Oxford Kinetics Festival as well as the MAKETANK year-round programming. Refusing to work alone, he collaborates with other like-minded artists and collectives, cultural groups, and citizens of small communities to use art, intervention, and dialog to address social challenges.

Want to work in our Open Shop??

Class BannerMore Safety Classes added for Summer!!!

You must take this class to work in our Open Shop, so sign up today!!!



Craft Your Own Chef’s Knife



Discover how a blank, rectangular piece of steel turns into a knife blade!  Then, learn to craft your own custom wooden handle.  A Chef’s Knife is essential to any cook’s kitchen!

chef knife diyThis class is 4 Thursday nights – JUNE 19th – JULY 10th  5:30 – 8pm

*NOTE – unlike our other classes, a Safety Class is not required of this course, as participants will only be working with 1 type of machine.  However, participants will not be able to use designated Open Shop hours after completing this course.

Cost: $115

  • Small student:teacher ratio – $200 value
  • Materials for 1 Chef’s Knife – $40 value
  • Sharpening Best Practices – Priceless!
  • Class value $240 for only $115!

Build a Rustic Modern Planter Box in 1 Day!!!

CLASS:  Build a Planter Box in 1 SATURDAY!photo 2

Learn to work in our wood shop and familiarize yourself with common machinery and techniques to build your own “Rustic Modern” planter box! …. for flowers! for veggies! for storage! These babies are over $100 at any garden center. Take this class, make your own, make it awesome, and then come back during Open Shop and make more!

  • Saturday June 14th
    • 9am- 11am – Safety Class exclusively for participants
    • 11am – 12pm – Lunch* BYO and design discussion
    • 12pm – 5pm –  Layout and construction, finishing techniques, complete your box, and learn planting and installation tips!

Cost: $165

  • Private Safety Class – a $25 value
  • Small student:teacher ratio – $200 value
  • Materials for 1 Planter Box – $35 value
  • Planting Best Practices – Priceless!
  • FREE access to Open Shop Hours upon completion – AWESOME!

*round out this experience by attending a FREE workshop on Raised Bed Building by CGRN on Wednesday June 18th, 6-8pm. Apply what you learn!

Why invest in big box store, hum drum designs that are nearly twice the cost????

No offense Home Depot, but seriously……

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