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Discover the art of woodworking with a variety of classes in Chicago. From beginner to advanced, learn essential techniques, create stunning pieces, and unleash your creativity while gaining valuable skills for a lifetime.

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Basic & Intermediate Woodworking for Adults

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Discover the art of woodworking with a comprehensive course designed for both beginners and intermediate woodworkers. Learn essential techniques using hand and power tools, explore various joinery methods, and master finishing touches. Beginners can fabricate their first project, while advanced students can refine their skills on new or ongoing projects. Purchase your own materials to create personalized pieces under expert guidance.

(84) Beginner 18 and older
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$590

12 sessions

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Basic Woodworking for Adults

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Unlock the world of woodworking with a thorough introduction to essential tools and techniques. From hand tools to joinery, explore the fundamentals under expert guidance. Craft your own woodworking project while gaining hands-on experience and mastery in this engaging adult class.

(84) Beginner 18 and older
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$590

12 sessions

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Handmade Wooden Bowls

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Wooden bowls are unique, practical and fun to make. Work on lathes using woodworking tools to finish a bowl in a day. Instruction and first attempts are in the the morning; in the afternoon there will be time for guided practice and finishing.

(84) Beginner 18 and older
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$180
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Intro to Woodturning for Adults

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Introduction to the joy of creating useful and artful objects of wood on the lathe. Students will learn the basics of woodturning and create several small projects. Instructor’s demonstrations alternate with guided practice at the lathe, students learning at their own pace. Tools and materials provided. Essentials of safety will be emphasized.

(84) Beginner 18 and older
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$495

10 sessions

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Intermediate Woodworking for Adults

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Refine your woodworking skills in a comprehensive course tailored for those with prior experience or completion of Basic Woodworking. Dive deeper into furniture joinery, wood selection, and finishing methods while advancing your proficiency with both hand and power tools. Whether continuing existing projects or starting new ones, this class at Evanston Art Center offers a platform for skill enhancement and creative exploration.

(84) Intermediate 18 and older
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$590

12 sessions

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Intermediate Woodturning for Adults

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Refine your woodturning craftsmanship in our intermediate course, where you'll hone traditional tool techniques and tackle diverse projects. Benefit from expert demonstrations and hands-on lathe practice, tailored to your pace and skill level. Safety essentials emphasized throughout, with tools and materials provided for a seamless learning experience.

(84) Intermediate 18 and older
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$305

6 sessions

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Twirling with a Twist

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Use the magic of multi-axis turning to create seemingly impossible to turn shapes. This is lathe work on a whole new level. We’ll make boxes and goblets, napkin rings, tea-light and more! All materials and supplies are included.

(84) All levels 18 and older
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$165
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Ukiyo-e "Japanese Woodblock Printing"

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Immerse yourself in the rich tradition of Ukiyo-e woodblock printing in this intensive workshop. Discover the intricate process of carving linoleum blocks and mastering the unique coloring techniques. Explore the historical significance and contemporary applications of this dynamic art form under expert guidance.

(84) All levels 18 and older
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$220

2 sessions

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Introduction to Woodworking for Adults

Evanston Art Center

Introduction to Woodworking is a comprehensive review of tools and techniques for beginning woodworkers. Topics covered will be: Hand + Power Tools, Joinery, Finishes, and Digital Slide Shows demonstrating these topics. Students will be expected to purchase a few items for weekly assignments.

(84) Beginner 18 and older
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Write On: Make a Turned Wood Pen

Evanston Art Center

Turn two pens – one for you, and one to give away! We'll cover everything from choosing the materials and kit, preparing the wood, turning, finishes and assembly. The design is limited only by your imagination. Bring to class any turning tools you currently own.  All other tools and materials will be provided for the class.

(84) All levels 16 and older
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Turn a Bowl in a Day

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Discover the art of woodturning as you craft a beautiful bowl in just one day. This beginner-friendly workshop offers hands-on instruction, allowing you to create a stunning piece without prior woodworking experience. Unleash your creativity and take home a unique masterpiece to cherish.

(84) Beginner 18 and older
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$180
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Woodturn a Christmas Ornament

Evanston Art Center @ 1717 Central St, Evanston, IL

Create your own hand-turned ornament as a holiday gift or for your own tree! Using various woodturning tools including lathes, you will learn how to safely turn your own ornament to take home at the end of the day!  No experience necessary.  All materials are included.

(84) Beginner 18 and older
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$120
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Laser Cutting for Woodworking

Evanston Art Center

Explore basic techniques in Adobe Illustrator to create templates and jigs and it’s benefits for woodworking and furniture making. Learning how to engrave patterns, logos, or names directly onto the material will also be discussed. A terrific addition for any woodworking student! Required Material: Bring along an external hard driver or zip disk.

(84) Beginner 18 and older
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Laser Cut Coasters

Evanston Art Center

Learn how to make a set of coasters with our Boss Laser Cutting & Engraving machine. Engrave your custom design or pattern, a photo from your phone, or text into wood to create unique functional piece of art you can use daily or gift to a friend or loved one. Each student will leave with a set of four custom coasters.

(84) All levels 18 and older
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Woodcraft Workshop: DIY Reclaimed Birdhouse

The Morton Arboretum @ 4100 Illinois Rte 53, Lisle, IL

Make an attractive, one-of-a-kind bird house using mid-century lumber reclaimed from Chicago buildings. In this hands-on workshop, you will: Learn how materials are reclaimed from demolition sites and the positive impact that sustainable demolition has on our resources and environment. Understand which species of woods are best for woodworking, and learn basic woodworking terms and techniques. Under the guidance of a skilled instructor, you’ll...

(15) All levels 16 and older
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Holiday Willow Workshop: Tree

Chicago Botanic Garden @ 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL

Create either a charming rustic reindeer or a holiday tree of willow. The reindeer is 4 to 5 feet from hooves to the tips of antlers. The holiday tree is 5 to 6 feet tall, and can be decorated with twinkly lights and more for the holidays, and then used as a vine support for the summer. Please bring a hammer, hand pruners, and work gloves. No experience necessary. Register for Tree, Reindeer, or both.

(129) All levels 18 and older
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Willow Furniture Workshop: Chair

Chicago Botanic Garden

Natural willow furniture is the ideal rustic accent when you need a seat for that perfect spot in your garden or porch. Learn the basic techniques of making bent willow furniture and make a chair or a bench. Projects are large, so bring a vehicle that can accommodate them. Bring a hammer, hand pruners, and work gloves. No experience is necessary. Register for Chair, Bench, or both.

(129) All levels 18 and older
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Workshop 102 - Furniture Painting

Avenue 122 @ 12 E. State, Chicago, IL

NEW!!  Bring in a small piece of furniture to paint.  This class will give a brief introduction to the Van Gogh Fossil Paint Collection, a chance to get started by painting a sample board and then we'll jump right in and start painting a small piece of furniture that you bring in.  Please make sure it's small enough to paint in one class.  Sending photos in ahead of time will ensure you're on the right track. You will have access...

(1) All levels 15 and older
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Introduction to Furniture Painting - Upcycling

Avenue 122

Van Gogh Paintologist will teach a hands-on class that will introduce you to the unique qualities of Van Gogh Fossil Paint and Beeswax Finishes. This is for the DIY-er out there who wants to take a tired piece of furniture and turn it into the star of the show. There is no sanding or prep work involved in Van Gogh, just wipe down your piece and start painting. You will have access to the entire Van Gogh Palette while you paint sample boards and...

(1) All levels 15 and older
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Workshop Express - Furniture Painting

Avenue 122 @ 12 E. State, Chicago, IL

Van Gogh Paintologist will teach a hands-on class that will introduce you to the unique qualities of Van Gogh Fossil Paint and Beeswax Finishes.  This is for the DIY-er out there who wants to take a tired piece of furniture and turn it into the star of the show. There is no sanding or prep work involved in Van Gogh, just wipe down your piece and start painting. You will have access to the entire Van Gogh Palette while you paint sample boards...

(1) All levels 15 and older
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Reviews for Woodworking Classes in Chicago

Woodworking Classes in Chicago are rated 4.4 stars based on 229 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Handmade Wooden Bowls

    Reviewed by Lori O. on 10/14/2019
    My sister and I definitely enjoyed the class. Our instructor Geof was very knowledgeable and helpful. I will likely sign up for other classes including the 12 week beginning lathe class. I do have one issue. The photo on the class description for this class is very deceiving and kind of false advertising. Not knowing how long the process actually takes to make a bowl, I thought we would be making a large “salad” bowl because that is the photo that was on the sign up and description page. No where did it say the finished size bowl we would be creating for 140.00. It would be nice if the photo was of a bowl that is made during the class. I have taken a photo of my sisters’ and my bowl if you need an actual photo. Please let me know if you would like to use this photo on your sign up sheet. I will try to email it to the above email.
  • Handmade Wooden Bowls

    Reviewed by Biff P. on 7/16/2019
    The class was great. I definitely walked away feeling confident in my ability to apply what I learned in class. It’s for sure worth the money.
  • Handmade Wooden Bowls

    Anonymous review on 7/15/2019
    A lot of fun!!!
  • Handmade Wooden Bowls

    Reviewed by Marie M. on 2/25/2019
    Loved the class - The instructor was knowledgable and kind.
  • Workshop Express - Furniture Painting

    Reviewed by Sue D. on 7/28/2015
    Bernadette is an amazing teacher. I had a wonderful time. I learned a skill that I will use forever. Bernadette is very knowledgeable when it comes to using fossil (chalk) paint on furniture. She is a lovely person as well.

Discover the Best Woodworking Classes in Chicago

Woodworking is a skill that focuses heavily on crafting usable items from wood by using tools like saws, planes, levels, and drills. For example, a woodworker may build things like toys, furniture, bookshelves, desks, or picture frames. Chicago woodworkers can make up to $36,710 annually or nearly $18 per hour, though some may make more. Learning woodworking skills in this city can include in-person or virtual courses that cover many in-depth subjects.

Why You Should Learn Woodworking in Chicago

Mastering woodworking can help Chicago residents in many unique ways. For example, you can create attractive wood-based art and sell it online or at one of Chicago’s many art fairs. You can also start a side hustle or full-time woodworking career in this city to make extra money. This step may include becoming a carpenter for the area’s many building projects. 

Furthermore, woodworking can help you save money by building inexpensive furniture and decorations for your apartment. For instance, you could craft extensive wall shelving to hold books and other items in your home. Doing so can not only help you save money but space in a smaller studio apartment. Woodworking may also provide many mental health benefits.

In-Person Woodworking Classes & Schools in Chicago

Learning woodworking with in-person classes is a great option with many advantages. For example, most programs provide materials for you, which cuts down on your expenses. Furthermore, in-person courses include hands-on training with a live professor. You’ll also get the chance to interact with other people who are interested in woodworking. 

If you’d like to attend in-person woodworking classes in Chicago, there are many options available for you. These include beginner-level courses, as well as intermediate programs. Each covers slightly different subjects, so make sure that you research your options carefully to ensure that you find a woodworking lesson plan that feels right for you.

Basic Woodworking for Adults 

Basic Woodworking for Adults is an Evanston Art Center class on Central Street that helps up to 10 people learn beginner-level woodworking skills. You’ll cover power tools, joinery techniques, finishes, and fabrication. All students are encouraged to craft at least one woodworking project by the end of the course to show off their skills.

Intermediate Woodworking for Adults

Intermediate Woodworking for Adults is the second Evanston Art Center woodworking program. It expands on the lessons learned in the basic woodworking class, including more advanced tool usage, finishing techniques, and joinery methods. Students who completed the basic class can continue working on any projects they started in that course.

Intro to Woodturning for Adults 

Intro to Woodturning for Adults is another Evanston Art Center program on Central Street that focuses on using a lathe to produce attractive projects. This 10-person, beginner-level course covers basic lathe operation and includes guided practice using gouges and other woodturning tools. Each student is allowed to work at a pace that feels comfortable for their skills.

Intermediate Woodturning for Adults 

Intermediate Woodturning for Adults is the second Evanston Art Center class focused on lathe woodworking. It helps students develop more advanced lathing skills, including crafting more detailed and attractive items. Like in the introduction course, students can learn at whatever speed feels comfortable for them.

Laser Cutting for Woodworking 

Laser Cutting for Woodworking is a beginner-level Evanston Art Center lesson plan that teaches students how to cut detailed and attractive wooden projects using Adobe Illustrator and advanced laser cutters. Students not only learn how to upload unique designs into Illustrator but master basic techniques that make laser woodcutting easier.

Virtual Woodworking Classes & Schools

If you can’t find an in-person woodworking program that appeals to you, online courses are a great alternative. They provide many advantages that make them useful for Chicago-based learners. First, you can attend them wherever you want, including your apartment or a hotel while on a business trip. This helps you avoid Chicago’s busy and frustrating traffic.

While virtual lessons have many advantages, they do have downsides. First, you may have limited space to practice in your Chicago apartment, meaning you may need to rent a work space where you can practice. Furthermore, you’ll have to buy all your materials yourself. That offsets some of the cost benefits that online classes often provide over in-person programs.

The many benefits of online woodworking classes make them a smart investment for Chicago residents, in spite of their downsides. When choosing among the courses listed below, make sure you read each description carefully to find a program that suits your needs. Each covers slightly different subjects and may require varying skill levels to complete. 

Moss Wall Art

Moss Wall Art is a Food Craft woodworking program that teaches you how to produce interesting art using moss and wood. This 10-person program accepts all skill levels and includes a kit that’s sent directly to you after booking your course. 

Each kit includes multiple types of colored moss, decorative items, a glue gun, glue sticks, gloves, snacks, and instructions. When completed, you’ll finish several framed art decorations that you can easily hang on your wall or sell online to others.

Wood Burn a Charcuterie Board 

Wood Burn a Charcuterie Board is a Coastal Design Workshops program that teaches up to 20 people how to craft an attractive charcuterie board. Each student receives a custom DIY wood burning kit, including practice wood and a board for your final product. 

The class’ professor will guide you through the crafting process, including how to select a design and basic wood burning skills. When you’re done, you can use the techniques you’ve learned to produce attractive charcuterie boards to sell or give away.

Private Group Woodworking Classes in Chicago

Are you interested in teamwork-building events for your employees in Chicago and want something more unique than another trip to the city’s many breweries? Try woodworking classes for private groups in Chicago. These courses can teach your team usable skills and bring them closer together as people in a fun and interesting environment. 

CourseHorse programs typically include large class sizes (often up to 500 people) that use video-based platforms to teach hands-on carpentry. A skilled professor will guide your team through basic woodworking skills, including selecting wood, preparing it for cuts, and properly cutting, planing, and attaching pieces to create attractive products. 

Available classes include courses like Virtual Serving Board + Sign Making Workshop. This one-hour program supports up to 200 people and teaches your team how to create attractive decorative items for their home or office. Similarly, Virtual Beer Caddy Making Workshop helps up to 200 people create wooden beer caddies to hold their favorite drinks.

What makes CourseHorse a great option for your woodworking training? First, they never charge any booking fees, meaning you only pay for the class itself. Furthermore, their programs are adaptable to multiple booking platforms and they always send confirmation within 24 hours. Even better, attendance can be adjusted up to the day of the class at no extra cost to you. 

Even if you don’t find a woodworking program that works for your team, you can contact CourseHorse online to set up a private class for your needs. They’ll do what they can to identify a lesson plan that fits into your company’s unique teamwork-building requirements. In this way, they provide the support that your business deserves.

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