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Sharpening with Water Stones

with Stephen Barney

Next session: February 28th, 2021

$275 More Info

Skill Level: All skill levels

Instructor: Stephen Barney

Sharpening your woodworking tools is the most essential skill of all, vital to achieving the skills to become a fine woodworker.   Every person attending these workshops so far has commented on how much this workshop has boosted their woodworking skills. Bring your own tools if you like, or Ebanista will have some planes and chisel sets for sale. There will also be some discussion of Japanese tools. This is a fine opportunity to learn from one of the most experienced woodworkers on the West coast. These classes are always very popular, so we recommend you sign up early.

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Shop Economics

with Jonathan Cohen

Next session: March 7th, 2021

$225 More Info

Note: this wkshp is NOT just for woodworkers thinking of going into business for themselves. If you are just thinking of opening a small shop just for your own work, you will learn a lot of things designed to get your shop up and manageable. 

At first glance, this workshop might seem to be an oxymoron. If you wanted to be good at business, why would you become a woodworker? This class is NOT designed to be a crackerjack Economics course, but to teach the very important fundamental aspects of keeping your love for woodworking a viable one. Not taking care of the planning and money will stop you from making a life, or a hobby, as an Ebanista, (or any other craft if you’d like to invite a friend), far quicker than just about any other problem you will face. 

We will discuss setting up a shop, machinery and tool purchase, whether to hire any employees if things start taking off, taxes, how to deal with clients, how to calculate costs and give estimates that pay you enough, the very important attention that should be paid to photographing your work and some tricks for keeping those costs under control, and strategies for dealing with galleries if you choose to give your work a wider audience.

I do not think there is anyone who has less interest in being described as a businessperson than I. But if you don’t at least become comfortable with the information in this workshop, you know what they say….ignore it at your own peril. As with most of what is taught at Ebanista, we do not claim to be teaching anything you could not learn on your own, eventually. The question is whether you want to avoid years of pitfalls and obstacles to get to your objectives. 

The instructor, Jonathan, has over 43 years of running a professional furniture studio (business) and showing in galleries across the U.S.

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Veneering Workshop

with Jonathan Cohen

Next session: March 14th, 2021

$275 More Info

Class Description: Veneering can be a way to open MANY doors to more kinds of fine furniture. It has been around for thousands of years, and when done well can add great beauty to a fine piece of furniture- especially as much of the most beautiful wood in the world is reserved for veneers. Also, knowing how to use, and make your own veneers can open up endless possibilities in your furniture and cabinet design. In this workshop we will learn how to cut, match and press veneers, as well as how to design with them and how to use them to their maximum advantage. We will work with a cold press and also have a demonstration with an easy to build, inexpensive vacuum press. You might be amazed at how a vacuum press can change your workshop completely, greatly expanding your possibilities.

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Make a Wooden Hand Plane

with Stephen Barney

Next session: December 31st, 2021

$345 More Info

Skill level: Open to all levels

Instructor: Stephen Barney

Making your own planes is an amazing way to gain a deeper understanding of planecraft and to customize your stable of these iconic hand tools to your own needs. In this class we will de-mystify the process and under the tutelage of extraordinary craftsman Stephen Barney, who has made many of his own planes (in use for decades now), tune them and hone them to become some of your favorite hand tools. There is an additional $70- charge for the handmade extremely high quality plane irons we will be using (payable at the first class). After all, what is the point in hand making a plane and using a cheap, factory iron? Students will find it very satisfying at the end of the workshop to carry their own new planes back to their work benches. Ebanista will provide the wood. Please note, this is our only twoday workshop.

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Open Shop Time

with Various Staff

Next session: December 31st, 2021

$90 More Info

Independent shop time is intended to give Ebanista students a chance to have further access to the shop, with the instructor on site and available for advice and short demonstrations. There will not be class wide teaching, our regular classes are the place for that. This is an opportunity for students to work, as the name suggests, independently. Students may sign up for individual open shop segments on Saturday afternoons. Sessions will be limited to five students. If there are not a minimum of 3 students signed up for each session, Ebanista reserves the right to postpone that session and allow the student to sign up for any future time. Students will be notified no later than Thursday PM, if there is any change. From initial responses there is a pool of approximately 14 interested ebanistas so we would encourage reserving spots early. At this time we are accepting only current or past students of the Ebanista School of Fine Woodworking, including those already signed up for the first time. Please contact the school w  further questions. Students are expected to provide their own hand tools and materials, with many of these available for purchase through the school.

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Saw Your Own Lumber

with Peter Peterson

Next session: December 31st, 2021

$275 More Info

Professional full time sawyer Peter Peterson is welcoming us to give an amazing introduction to sawing your own lumber. Much of this will be hands-on. You will watch as he revs up the huge industrial saw that he and Urban Hardwoods use every day to produce their amazing slabs, move down to a much smaller portable horizontal bandsaw mill, and then we will finish with a hand held chainsaw mill. It is mesmerizing to pull off fresh colorful beautiful slabs of wood. join us just for the experience or to give yourself a huge head start in making your own lumber. You will gain an in depth understanding to where ( and why) your lumber comes from.