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10-07-2009 04:47 AM

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Hello all…I am new to Lumberjocks but thought I would start a string of something that I could really use help on. First off, woodworking has always been something I wanted to get into but never had the tools, time or education (self-taught or apprenticed). But, recently I have decided I need this hobby as a release from a stress filed work life. The long and short of it is that I am a hands on leaner but need someone to guide me. This brings me to my question…does anyone need help in their shop in the Sacramento Area or near by region? Having a full time job it would be weekends at best for me…however, nothing is beneath me, sweeping, heavy lifting etc, the only thing I ask in return is someone to take their time, skill and knowledge and help teach me the art of woodworking.

Looking forward to the replies.


And if I have posted this in the wrong location, sorry.

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#1 posted 10-07-2009 04:50 AM

i cant help you with a shop…but I would look into community college courses and school district “adult ed” courses…

and check out the SAC Wood working show…which is being promoted and discussed on these two links—-a great way to meet some local jocks…


good luck…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 10-07-2009 05:02 AM

If you were here in Houston, I would invite you over. I’ve got some small Chippendale Chests to start on in a few weeks!! You could help me sand!! Just kidding!! I would also try a local Woodcraft, or Rockler Woodworking store, they are always doing classes. Are you close to David Marks’ school? That would be a good start. Chuck Bender does beginner classes (acanthuscarver is his LJ name), I’m planning on taking some classes of his maybe this Fall, or Spring. He is in Pennsylvania.

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#3 posted 10-08-2009 05:40 PM

I hadn’t thought about adult ed, I will check into some of the courses offered. But who knows with California schools system how it is. Plus I like the apprentice teacher school of thought and why I was asking if any local woodworkers would be willing to take me on. I will check around though. Again everyone has been VERY helpful and welcoming on this site I am glad I joined.


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#4 posted 10-08-2009 06:05 PM

I would highly recommend adult ed. I live in the Bay Area and we have a very active woodworkers group that also supports the woodworkers adult education courses. The courses include everything from Sketch-Up to finishing, including turning. The price of the classes have been reasonable even in today’s economy. The added benefit is the support and inspiration that comes from being associated with a woodworkers group. We also make toys to be handed out around Christmas and flag cases for fallen soldiers, fire and police.

-- Don

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#5 posted 10-09-2009 05:15 AM

Hi, I am in Sacramento and a long time member of the Sacramento Area Woodworker Club. It meets every month on the first Tuesday. 7pm at the building in the center of a park bounded by 27th, 28th streets and I and J streets. Do a google search for the club for more info. You can call me at 916 591 1638 if you like.

-- Abe Low, Fine furniture, Sacramento, CA

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#6 posted 10-09-2009 07:26 AM

You might try Sierra College. I hear they have a good woodworking course.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#7 posted 10-09-2009 06:25 PM

Erik, working for a pro may not be the best idea. Pros tend to specialize and you probably wouldn’t get a well rounded experience. I agree with the others that adult ed is the best way and it would be good to join a woodworker’s club locally that meets regularly. Another great source is books and DVDs. There’s thousands of them on woodworking and woodworking tools for all levels. That’s how I learned what I know. Having good mentors is great, but having books gives you a reference library you can consult whenever you need info. Your local public library also has good woodworking books. I realize not everyone is comfortable with learning this way, but it’s great if you are.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 10-20-2009 05:53 AM

I’m with Mike that’s the same way learned . I also agree with the community college Idea.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#9 posted 10-20-2009 04:50 PM

Here’s a link to the Sacramento Area Woodworkers (SAW):

There is also a woodturners club, the Nor-Cal Woodturners, meets at the same place on the 4th Tuesday

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