Woodworking Open Shop 2S22
Join a shop away from home, with tools, mentorship and community. Design and construct projects of your choice.
Projects must be a manageable size due to limited storage; check first with instructors.
Prerequisite: Basic Woodworking: Box.
Limit 10 students, vaccinations required, masks required indoors at all times.
I took this class because I wanted the opportunity to "think" with my hands, rather than my brain. My day job requires very little manual excellence, and woodshop exercises that part of me. Beyond that, I really appreciated the constant attention by staff; the opportunity to work in a community setting. Frank is so skilled; the way he thinks and solves problems is remarkable. And Howard is great, too; his insights are complimentary to Frank's.
The upgrades since COVID started are breath-taking. The new planer/joiner is a work of art; the Festools are fabulous, and the new organization of the shop outstanding.
Frank Pettorossi started as a cabinetmaking apprentice at age 14 in Baselice, a small town in the Naples region of Italy. After moving to the US, he graduated from Boston Trade High School and joined Cabinetmakers Local 51. He worked in architectural millwork shops throughout the Boston area, did construction for Bar & Bar Co. and installed displays for Filenes department stores. His experience as a cabinetmaker and carpenter spans five decades.
“I have been working at the Eliot School for over 12 years and I find it very rewarding helping others with my craft.”
Howard Shrobe is a long-time participant in the Eliot School’s wood shop. By day, he is Principal Research Scientist at the Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Materials to bring to class:
Wood must be provided by student. Other materials cost included in tuition.
Consult with your instructor regarding where to purchase desired supplies (wood, special hardware, etc).