Woodworking Classes


Interest in woodworking is once again gaining. We see more programs on TV and I'm sure YouTube has had a positive influence. Bloomington is so fortunate to have a large, working workshop available to host classes at Blue Heron Woodworking located on West 11th Street in the old Bender Lumber building. I've posted the classes I am teaching at Blue Heron Woodworking but check their website for a complete listing.

I'd love to hear your questions or comments. Please email me at roger@hoosierwoodworks.com or call me at 812-325-9823.
bench plane for 2019 class schedule

2019 Fall Class Schedule

These classes are held at Blue Heron Woodworking, 611 W 11th St #3, Bloomington, IN, in the old Bender Lumber building. To sign up for any of these class, please contact Michael at Blue Heron Woodworking.

WOODWORKING BASICS

You've watched the TV shows, you've seen YouTube videos. You want to do it but aren't quite sure how to get started. This one-day workshop will discuss the basic tools, techniques and planning every aspiring woodworker needs. We will discuss which tools to buy and which tools you can live without ( and that will save you money! ). You will learn some of the safety considerations of different tools, then we'll jump into basic hand-tool use by building a simple project. Bring safety glasses, notebook, an idea for a project and questions.
Class Offered: Saturday, Sept. 21 (This class is also offered Oct. 26, Nov 23, and Dec. 7)
Class Time: 10 AM - 1 PM
Class Size: 5
Instructor: Roger Kugler, 812-325-9823, roger@hoosierwoodworks.com
Required Equipment: Safety glasses
Prerequisites: None
Cost of Class: $60


WOOD CARVING BASICS

Woodcarving is a fun and rewarding hobby. However, it can be a little confusing to get started. This 3 hour clinic will explore the many facets of carving: traditional mallet carving and chip carving. You will learn which woods are best for carving, tool sharpening, and basic layout techniques. You will have an opportunity to explore the different techniques on simple projects. Wood and tools will be provided and you are welcome to bring your own. Please bring safety glasses if you have them.

Students are encouraged to bring their own tools for use and/or sharpening.
Class Offered: Saturday, Sept. 21
Class Time: 2 - 5 PM
Class Size: 6
Instructor: Roger Kugler, 812-325-9823, roger@hoosierwoodworks.com
Required Equipment: Notepad, pencils, and erasers
Prerequisites: None
Cost of Class: $70


SHARPENING WOODWORKING TOOLS

This class will include basic techniques for sharpening chisels and plane irons using readily available sharpening supplies. This class will discuss but not focus on the various sharpening systems on the market today. It is a hands on class using traditional and contemporary techniques.

Students are encouraged to bring a tool for practice sharpening.
Class Offered: Saturday, Oct.26
Class Time: 2 - 5 PM
Class Size: 6
Instructor: Roger Kugler, 812-325-9823, roger@hoosierwoodworks.com
Required Equipment: Notepad, pencils, and erasers
Prerequisites: None
Cost of Class: $60


Festool Domino 500

METHODS AND USE OF THE FESTOOL DOMINO

You’re curious, you’ve been thinking about buying the Domino, but cheeeeezzzzz ….the price! Is it worth it?
During this three-hour class, we will breakdown, analyze, scrutinize and play with the Festool Domino DF 500 Joiner. This class is not a sales pitch--we will discuss other methods of joining wood such as the traditional mortise and tenon, pocket-hole, etc. Learn how the domino mortise and tenon system can save you time while building stronger projects like bookcases, tables, cabinets, doors, and picture frames. This is a hands-on class so you can get a feel for the tool and how it operates.

Class Offered: Saturday, Nov. 23
Class Time: 2 - 5 PM
Class Size: 6
Instructor: Roger Kugler, 812-325-9823, roger@hoosierwoodworks.com
Required Equipment: Notepad, pencils, and erasers
Prerequisites: None
Cost of Class: $60


WOOD FINISHING BASICS

Demystifying the confusing world of wood finishes! Learn how to determine what is the best finish for your woodworking project. We will cover varnish, lacquer, oils, waxes, polys, oil-based, water-based, wiping, sprays, and brushes. A good finish starts with good surface preparation so we will spend time with sandpaper, sanders and surface prep. After attending this class you will be able to finish all the projects you start!

Class Offered: Saturday, Dec. 7
Class Time: 2 - 5 PM
Class Size: 6
Instructor: Roger Kugler, 812-325-9823, roger@hoosierwoodworks.com
Required Equipment: Notepad, pencils, and erasers
Prerequisites: None
Cost of Class: $70


To view previous class descriptions ... 2019 Spring Class Schedule.