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.





Classes Starting THIS WEEK! Chef’s Knives, Wooden Hula Hoops….

The next Chef’s Knife Making Class begins next Thursday, July 24th!!!  This session will be 5 Thursdays, 6-8pm and includes the cost of materials.  Class maxes out at 5 people so sign up quick!!!


ALSO!!!  The Artscape Special – learn to craft a WOODEN HULA HOOP!!  Yes!!  Solid Wood!  This is a super fun 1-Day workshop where you leave with a solid wood, gliterrized, and painted wooden hula hoop.  Check us out at Artscape this weekend and give one a whirl!  No pun…

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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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Raised Bed Building with CGRN

Want to try your hand at raised bed gardening?

FREE WORKSHOP!!raised bed

Wednesday June 18th


Oliver St. + Barclay


Come to the Tool Library @417 E Oliver St – our demonstration plot in the garden across the street is where the Community Greening Resource Network will be showing us how to construct raised beds (yes, you will be constructing one) and best practices for planting!

While this is a free event, a $5 donation towards materials is always appreciated if you can swing it!


Safety Dance!! …er, Class..

Don’t worry, we’ll make it fun….

Mandatory Safety Class – for those interested in using the Public Workshop’s Open Shop hours.

Here are the details:

  • $25 for the 2- hour class
  • Gain confidence in a full wood-working shop!
  • FREE to use the shop during Open Shop time!
  • Click HERE for dates