Woodworking 101

Over this 6-Week Course, Students will Learn the Basics of Woodworking:

• How to take rough lumber into a finished product
• Joinery methods such as dado and rabbit joints
• Get experience with both solid wood and panel goods

Each student will construct an apothecary shelf that they will take home at the end of the course.

This course is perfect for anyone looking to try woodworking and develop some of the basic skills that are essential to starting your own woodworking projects.

Cost: $375.00+tax (Includes all materials)    


Monday evenings for 6 weeks, from 6:30pm-9:00 pm with Devon Curtis

March 18, March 25, April 1, April 8, April 15, and April 22


This course is full!  Please contact us to join the waitlist for the next course.

Photo by Dominik Scythe on Unsplash

Devon Curtis - Facilitator

My woodworking career started at an early age. With a father trained in cabinetmaking, and a carpenter for a grandfather, tools were always close at hand, ready for me to steal away for self-education. While my first projects were crude and lost to time (probably for the best!), I rapidly developed a love for the tools, techniques and materials of woodworking, and the craft quickly became a primary creative outlet.

My involvement with the London Community Woodshop began as a volunteer and advisor during the creation of the shop. When the shop opened, I joined as full-time facilitator, focusing on running community programs and workshops. I was thrilled to contribute to the education of new woodworkers and to the future of a craft that had long sustained me.

After an incredible three years with the shop, I was offered an opportunity with Lee Valley Tools to become their product manager for woodworking tools. While difficult to leave the shop, it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and so I moved to Ottawa to develop and bring to market new woodworking tools. Despite being in a woodworker's candy store, I always missed the shop and teaching, and so after four years returned to the shop with a focus on workshop facilitation and custom work.

My woodworking interests are varied and have evolved over time, but today I am primarily interested in furniture making and greenwood products. I have a deep love and preference for hand tools, but openly embrace power tools for all they offer. My design preferences draw from Scandinavian, Japanese, and Shaker origins, with an emphasis on utility over ornamentation, and a reverence for the natural beauty of the material.

Woodworking has provided me with creative expression, deep satisfaction, and put food on my table. It thrills me every day that I am able to help others to experience the same, and to contribute to a vibrant community of diverse people united in a love of the craft.