NOTE: Our SUMMER PROGRAM for CHILDREN is canceled, along with all SPRING In-House classes.
Woodworking Open Shop 5M20
Choose your time of the week and 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. Once you select your section, that is your weekly time in the wood shop. We do not permit switching between sections. Prerequisite: Basic Woodworking.
Limit 12 students
Note: Projects must be kept to a manageable size. Beds, large tables, shelving units and the like put too severe a drain on our limited storage space. Students compelled to make large projects must speak first with an instructor and obtain permission. Our most common solution to these challenges is to ask students to work on parts in Woodworking Open Shop, then assemble larger elements and the final piece through private lessons, outside of regular class time, at a cost of $65/hour. Please inquire for details.
Note: You may also be interested in Mini Woodworking Open Shop sessions. Take one or more sections to create the Open Shop the experience that works best for your project and schedule.
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.
Jacobus Van Loon
Joe Stanewick has been associated with the Eliot School since 1984 as a student and instructor. He learned cabinetmaking at Wentworth Institute and North Bennet Street School, and worked as a furniture restorer at Trefler & Sons.
Materials & Tools:
Bring your own pencil and tape measure or ruler
With instructors' guidance, you will supply your own wood and any special hardware
Find out where to buy supplies