Hammer Saw Drill: Intro to Woodworking (Flex Class)

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This essential course reviews all the basics you need to know to get started woodworking.
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(4)
year old learners
learners per class


per week
Charged weekly
Flexible schedule
Over 7 weeks
No live meetings

Available times

Table of available sections

Class Experience

Students will learn:
-safety rules
-the function of each tool
-the parts of the tools
-how to use each tool effectively
-tips for decorating projects
-how to build seven different projects
My "Hammer Saw Drill” woodworking courses have been widely successful with homeschool groups, in classrooms and grant-funded residencies for people with disabilities, in small-group classes in community centers, and with builders ages 2 to 100 in an intergenerational program. I created the woodworking book "Hammer Saw Drill: Woodworking Together" in collaboration with 40 children.

The curriculum is designed to empower learners of all ages and abilities, building confidence and independence through hands-on woodworking skills, the responsible use of tools, and the promotion of creativity and problem solving. 

I have 30 years experience as an art educator, and have earned both an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts with teaching licensure, and an MA in Early Childhood Education.

My approach to teaching focuses on nurturing individuality, creativity and discovery to help learners develop skills that enhance self-esteem. I love seeing how woodworking helps learners focus, brings them joy, and builds confidence. I keep my classes small in order to best assist each learner.
Builders are expected to complete each project before beginning the next assignment. Each project builds on the skills previously learned.
The specific tools in the lists and videos I provide are the ones I have found are the easiest for children to use. I receive no commission for this. I am simply passing on what works, to save you the hassle and frustration that I have already been through over years of trial and error. I have been teaching woodworking for many years and these are the most successful and cost effective hand tools I have found for young people and people with low muscle tone. 

If you already have similar tools that work for your child, that is great. If you find that any tools you have are frustrating for your child, please follow my suggestions.

Builders will also receive printable checklists and a wood buying guide.

The most important supplies to purchase are the items for safety!

a vice or miter box
safety glasses
work gloves (optional)

drill and bits
tape measure

I will give you exact measurements and printable PDFs before class begins. You can take them to the lumber store when you buy supplies.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
No live meetings, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
Parents, to ensure the safe use of tools, please supervise your learner. The experience may even strengthen your relationship. I learned woodworking from my father and it is still my special connection to him. Just remember to trust your children and let them use the tools independently. 

However, if any children have low muscle tone, they may need hand-over-hand assistance. I have done woodworking with preschoolers, older citizens, and people with a variety of disabilities. They can do it and most of them love it. Woodworking builds confidence, trust, and respect. If you have any questions about how to adapt for specific disabilities, please reach out to me.

Meet the teacher

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(4)
I love working with children and integrating themes and different subject areas into my lessons. I have taught preschool, homeschooled my daughter, and tutored learners in math, reading, and writing (including handwriting). 

I have 30 years... 
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