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Basic Woodworking: Box 4W20

Learn fundamentals as you work a given plan through to completion. With a focus on six essential power tools, learn properties of wood and shop etiquette, interpret a plan, cut and mill stock and use basic machine joinery. This class qualifies students for intermediate classes and for Woodworking Open Shop. It is our gateway to more advanced woodworking. Complete attendance is required to fulfill this requirement. Limit 8 students

Completion qualifies students for Woodworking Open Shop. Complete attendance is required to fulfill this requirement. Other excellent follow-up classes include:

  • Intermediate Woodworking: Small Table
  • Intermediate Woodworking: Mantel Clock
  • Hand Dovetail Joints
  • Wood Turning: Bowls & Beyond
  • Basic Woodcarving

Note: Because this class moves at a deliberate pace and serves as a pre-requisite, complete attendance is required. Please see our policies on withdrawals and refunds before registering.

We recommend you enroll early, as this popular class usually fills up.

Andrew Riiska

Andrew Riiska

Andrew Riiska was introduced to his love of design and craft at a young age in Canton, Connecticut. He was an apprentice in a design studio from age 11 to 18, until he moved to attend the University of Colorado. After graduating, he relocated to open a wood shop in Brooklyn, NY named Elshopo with partners Jaren Harbertson, now of Modern Union, and George Evageliou, of Urban Home Craft. During his time in New York, he also taught woodworking techniques at Parsons New School of Design and founded Small Box Press, which published handmade books that paired artists and writers to create short stories. 

In 2005, Andrew moved to downtown Los Angeles to start Riiska Design Studio, where he created studio furniture with subjects as diverse as the body (Belly Table), mythical creatures (Dragon Table) and ephemerality (Bubble Table). He has been known to craft hundreds of little wooden boxes — each one encapsulating a single marshmallow. These and other works like the Bunk Bed Side Table and the Bubble Wrap Chair elegantly combine a “green” awareness of natural and found materials with the playful sensibility of their designer, employing recycled wood, non-petrol-based finishing oils and a whimsical sense of humor.

Dedicated to carrying on the tradition of his craft, Andrew has continued to teach over the years in well known craft and design schools such as the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Los Angeles CA) and Anderson Ranch Arts Center (Snowmass CO). 

Andrew also works as Facilities Coordinator for the Eliot School.

Woodworking, furniture design
Materials & Tools:

All materials will be provided in class