Each year we intend to offer Introduction to Woodworking beginning in January. That course has been refined after each group finishes, and the results give confidence that we have a very successful format. As the foundation for fine woodworking, a carefully prepared set of outcomes for the student, guides us each time the course is offered, and in turn this permits offering a set of slightly more advanced courses to members who have the basic foundation.
Introduction to Woodworking has had an informal influence on students, an influence we had not made explicit. Now, we are formally placing emphasis on helping new woodworkers excel and understand the importance of sharp and well-tuned tools. Understanding leads to learning to be competent in sharpening and in tuning both power tools and hand tools.
The most important test of this class lies in the quality of work that those who have completed the course actually do later. While the project for the course is intended to be ambitious, even a little intimidating, students who trust that it will work are well rewarded. For those who hesitate or who have problems, an assigned mentor is available to provide individual help. This leads to success, and to confident woodworkers. They make good products!
A new option that will be offered this fall is Introduction to Woodworking using hand tools as the primary method. We will continue the option using primarily power tools, always beginning it in January. In both courses, we will not be purists. Both classes of tools will be used when it appears the secondary tools provide a superior method.
Both with power tools and with hand tools, the courses are designed using one or more projects as the best way to practice what is being learned. There is no better way for a student to know the lesson has been mastered, or to know that some additional practice is necessary. That is one place the mentors are especially helpful.
All newcomers should be encouraged to participate in either or both of these courses.
In 2014 we are offering a number of other courses for more advanced woodworkers. All of our classes are open to the general public but to enroll in a class all students will be required to become a member. The membership fee is $30 and is an annual fee. For specific information about all of the courses and how to enroll, please continue reading below or click on the SJFWA Classes tab in the left hand margin of this page. If you still desire more information please contact Richard Pierce at 559-298-3749. You can also email us at:
To see a full listing of our upcoming classes, use the SJFWA Classes link to the left or download the .pdf below.