Woodworking Classes

Please bookmark this page and check back regularly as we add new classes online throughout the season. Dates and times are subject to change.
Cancellation Policy:  Occasionally classes must be cancelled if minimum enrollment is not met for our visiting instructors, there is a health or weather emergency, or other unforeseen events.  We understand that this may be a disappointment to our students, and we’ll do our best to inform you as early as we can of the cancellation.
If Oliver Art Center cancels a class, we’ll offer a full refund or credit towards another course, at your discretion.If a student must withdraw from a class a full refund less $10 processing fee will be issued if cancellation is received at least one week prior to the first day of class. After that time, no refunds are provided. If you sign up for a multi-day or multi-week class but do not attend the entire course, we will not pro-rate the class as we need to pay our guest instructors for your spot in the class.

Woodworking Classes

Three Day Windsor Furniture Class with Dave Abeel - Bench or Shop Stool

Make an heirloom piece of wooden furniture this summer ready to serve you or a loved one in cottage or castle! Join this fun class and surprise yourself as you master the tools and techniques of Windsor furniture making. Your heirloom will be well-engineered, comfortable, and styled to fit any décor. All tools, worktables, turned parts, and seat slabs will be provided by the instructor. Cherry, walnut, and ambrosia maple will be in the mix of materials to choose from. Beginner - Advanced, all skill levels are welcome. Projects are designed to accommodate the strength, stamina, and skills of the typical teen or adult.

This listing is for the Bench or Shop Stool project.  There are two other listings for the other potential projects.  Each participant can pick one project.

Instructor Info:  David Abeel has been crafting and teaching Windsor furniture making in his free time for 20 years, which provides a great escape from his day job managing and fundraising for various nonprofit causes, most recently Benzie Area Christian Neighbors. David offers classes at The Home Shop of John Wilson, oval shaker box maker in Charlotte, Michigan, as well as chair-making classes in Northern Michigan.

Mon July 22, 2024

Member Price: $315.00

Non-Member Price: $350.00

Available Spaces: 6

 
Three Day Windsor Furniture Workshop with Dave Abeel - Chair/Bench/Stool with Spindles & Bent Comb

Make an heirloom piece of wooden furniture this summer ready to serve you or a loved one in cottage or castle! Join this fun class and surprise yourself as you master the tools and techniques of Windsor furniture making. Your heirloom will be well-engineered, comfortable, and styled to fit any décor. All tools, worktables, turned parts, and seat slabs will be provided by the instructor. Cherry, walnut, and ambrosia maple will be in the mix of materials to choose from. Beginner - Advanced, all skill levels are welcome. Projects are designed to accommodate the strength, stamina, and skills of the typical teen or adult.

This listing is for the Chair/Bench/Stool with Spindles & Bent Comb project.  There are two other listings for the other potential projects.  Each participant can pick one project.

Instructor Info:  David Abeel has been crafting and teaching Windsor furniture making in his free time for 20 years, which provides a great escape from his day job managing and fundraising for various nonprofit causes, most recently Benzie Area Christian Neighbors. David offers classes at The Home Shop of John Wilson, oval shaker box maker in Charlotte, Michigan, as well as chair-making classes in Northern Michigan.

Mon July 22, 2024

Member Price: $382.50

Non-Member Price: $425.00

Available Spaces: 8

 
Three Day Windsor Furniture Workshop with Dave Abeel - Arm Chair/Settee/Rocker

Make an heirloom piece of wooden furniture this summer ready to serve you or a loved one in cottage or castle! Join this fun class and surprise yourself as you master the tools and techniques of Windsor furniture making. Your heirloom will be well-engineered, comfortable, and styled to fit any décor. All tools, worktables, turned parts, and seat slabs will be provided by the instructor. Cherry, walnut, and ambrosia maple will be in the mix of materials to choose from. Beginner - Advanced, all skill levels are welcome. Projects are designed to accommodate the strength, stamina, and skills of the typical teen or adult.

This listing is for the Arm Chair/Mini Settee/Rocker project (featuring arms, bent combs, and spindles).  There are two other listings for the other potential projects.  Each participant can pick one project.

Instructor Info:  David Abeel has been crafting and teaching Windsor furniture making in his free time for 20 years, which provides a great escape from his day job managing and fundraising for various nonprofit causes, most recently Benzie Area Christian Neighbors. David offers classes at The Home Shop of John Wilson, oval shaker box maker in Charlotte, Michigan, as well as chair-making classes in Northern Michigan.

Mon July 22, 2024

Member Price: $427.50

Non-Member Price: $475.00

Available Spaces: 8