Jim is the creator of Artistic Wood Studio; designer, shop manager, 22-year woodworking
artisan, a licensed Oregon contractor and local college woodworking instructor.
Artistic Wood Studio offers several workshops throughout the year; workshops involving
hands-on participation by students. There will be a maximum of four students to insure
full focus on each student and their safety. In classes that are mostly involved with
demonstrations, there will be a maximum of eight students. These workshops include the
A hands-on course that covers the basic concepts of woodworking and furniture making.
This three evening class is a combination of demonstrations and hands-on practice.
This workshop includes general shop safety (with particular attention to the safe use
of the table saw). Students will utilize the skills, techniques and tools (both power
and hand tools) taught in class in the making of one of three projects. Skills learned
will provide a foundation for subsequent furniture making classes.
An five-evening workshop that is a continuation of the Woodworking I class.
This workshop utilizes a combination of hand tools and power tools in the construction
of one of three valuable pieces of furniture, using techniques learned in the previous
workshop and put to use, along with more advanced techniques introduced in this workshop.
These new skills include, mortise and tenon joints, finishing skills, grain matching,
and the use of misc. hand planes, learned by the students while making their own beautiful
piece of furniture. Woodworking I is a pre-requisite for this workshop.
This workshop concentrates on techniques used in cabinet making rather than furniture making.
There will be one of three projects made in this workshop; a one day workshop featuring techniques
such as cutting plywood panels to size, using wood edging, making and applying molding, using a
biscuit joiner, using pocket hole jigs and milling for adjustable shelves. This workshop is
designed for beginners through intermediate woodworkers. The skills learned in this workshop
will aid individuals in many home projects. The project you build may eliminate your need to
purchase cabinets or bookshelves. This workshop will provide students with a foundation for
more advanced projects kitchen cabinets, entertainment centers, bookshelves and more. More
advanced skills such as dove tailed drawers and door making will be offered in future classes.
The router is one of the most versatile power tools in the woodshop. Many people only know a
fraction of what this great tool can do. With the aid of a verity of router bits, jigs and
fixtures the router can be used to create mortises, tenons, dadoes, sliding dovetails,
raised paneled doors, arched doorways, oval picture frames and more. Most of these techniques
will be demonstrated and discussed along with examples of different types of routers and their
best use. Time permitting, students will have an opportunity to practice some of these cuts
Very Basic Woodworking
This workshop is designed for the individual who has thought about whether or not woodworking
is right for them and how to learn woodworking safely. This workshop may be the answer for you.
Included in this workshop are the basics of using hand and power tools that are used in the woodshop,
with the main focus on safety. Each student will have a woodworking instructor at their side to
learn hands-on the safe way to use the power tools that you would never use on your own. Each
student will use what they have learned to create their own wood-framed mirror. Now is the time
to try woodworking; who knows...you may just get yourself in the “Hooked-on Wood Club”, like a
great number of our students have.
Jigs, Guides and Fixtures
This work shop is for students that have some prior experience with woodworking. Included
is the making and use of cross-cut sleds for use on the table saw, feather boards, router
and saw guides, a router jig for adjustable shelf pins, a variety of push sticks, a router
jig for cutting circles, a circle cutting jig for the band saw, a router guide for making
dados, a table saw taper cutting jig and use of a factory made dove tail jig. The use of
all these items will be demonstrated and the making of individual jigs will be limited to
time restraints. Some jigs will require the correct measurements of the students' table
saws, band saws, and routers. All these jigs, guides and fixtures will be valuable assets
to your shop, plus improve the quality of your work and your safety.
On occasion, Jim will instruct individuals on various woodworking projects selected by his
students. We are open to requests and suggestions.
Woodworking is a dangerous craft!
also one that depends upon the individual to fully understand its consequences. Ignoring
safety practices, using tools improperly, or operating tools under the influence of alcohol
or drugs may lead to serious injury. Don't attempt any technique unless you fully understand
it. It is our role to provide you with instruction, so rely on us for assistance and guidance.
There are no stupid questions you can ask, so please take advantage of our expertise. We will
ask you to sign a liability awareness and release form before beginning any workshop.
Students must be 18 years old or older unless accompanied by an adult and approved by the owners
of Artistic Wood Studio. All workshops are held in Riddle, Oregon, approximately 20 miles south of
Roseburg, Oregon and 49 miles north of Grants Pass, Oregon.
If you have questions or wood like to enroll in one of our available work shops please call us or
e-mail us at email@example.com