If you are in the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers, you may have interest in the educational opportunities available to you as a member. These interests can be as varied as being interested in only the most basic instruction; to becoming moderately proficient; to becoming an expert; to becoming an instructor/trainer.
In the education program we provide opportunities for members to learn the safe use of tools and to grow their skill levels in the craft of woodworking through a system of educational offerings and trainings. These are designed to be broad in scope, reasonably priced and designed to achieve identified goals. They are built for fun and growth.
The Education Program includes four basic areas of offerings to members.
SAFETY TRAINING: SAFETY TRAINING provides members with training in the basic safety procedures in place in the Guild Shop, including the safe use of machines and tools. This safety training is required of members to utilize the shop for personal use and to participate in hands-on educational offerings.
TOOL & MACHINE SKILLS: In addition to the basic safe using of machines and tools, the Education Program also offers classes specifically designed to teach members various skills that enhance their ability to use the machines skillfully and to maximum potential.
TECHNIQUES: Woodworking involves the process of completing various techniques in order to successfully complete a project. These techniques include material selection, milling, layout/design, joinery, finishing and others. These classes provide students with an in-depth opportunity to learn these critical techniques in order to more successfully complete their own projects.
PROJECTS: The ultimate goal of working is ‘making things’…namely projects. These classes provide instruction in the completion of furniture-related projects including boxes, tables, chairs and MORE. At the end of one of these classes, the member walks away with a completed project and all of the information and skills related to the completion of that project.
We recognize that all woodworkers are not at the same place in their woodworking journey. Some are just beginning; others have some entry level or foundational skills; others have moderate experience; and still others are professional or very skilled in their work.
We consider this both in how we view members abilities and also in the difficulty or complexity of offered classes. For each class that is posted, you will see whether the complexity of the class (and skill level recommended) is basic, intermediate or advanced.