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10-22-2008 02:31 AM

Topic tags/keywords: class utah

Hi. I’m new.

I’m not sure if this is the right place to post this; I looked at the different categories and this seems to be the one for things that don’t really fit anywhere else.

Anyway! I’m interested in taking a (beginning!) woodworking class. I live in Salt Lake City and attend the University of Utah. I haven’t been able to find any woodworking classes on campus, and there isn’t anything listed on the Salt Lake Community College website.

Does anyone on here live in the area and know of anything? Other sites online refer me to the violin making place downtown, but I’m more interested in making furniture than I am in making violins. ;)

Or, if nobody knows, do you know of a site, or some reliable reference that I could refer to?

Thanks so much!

-- Emily, Utah,

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#1 posted 10-22-2008 03:07 AM

There’s a Woodcraft store in Sandy, UT—I believe Sandy is not far from Salt Lake City.

Pheasant Hollow Business Park Bldg. No. 4
9891 South 500 West
Sandy, UT 84070
Phone: (801) 566-5652
Fax: (801) 566-5264

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#2 posted 10-22-2008 04:22 AM

Woodcraft and Rockler are good sources for classes. Some community colleges offer classes as well.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 10-22-2008 05:51 AM

Welcome emily there is such an abundance of information here at LJ, the knowledge is more than you could ever get in a classroom and it’s free. I am sort of new to woodworking, (trying to build things that are nice to look at and use and not live in). I have found there are many dvd’s and videos also that are the very best for the basics and will give you years of a jump start in wood working. If you would like i will list the ones I have found to a turning point for me and then the ones that refine what I have learned.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 10-22-2008 06:16 AM

Betsy – you mentioned community college but were close. Check the High Schools adult education programs.

-- Regards, Steve2

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#5 posted 10-22-2008 06:45 AM

I’m going to second what Molly said: Check with your local high schools. Even experienced woodworkers sometimes use the adult ed classes to get access to machines they don’t have in their own shops.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#6 posted 10-22-2008 07:03 AM

welcome young lady: You can also look on line (but not all the clubs or guilds are on line) for guilds,clubs, carving guilds etc. things of this nature while searching keep a list of other search terms that come up. If you can find one close to you they will know all the best locations for classes or you might even locate a mentor.

-- another tip from cooperedpatterns

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#7 posted 10-22-2008 07:11 AM


I just searched online and found the nearest high school, which is pretty close. It DOES have community/adult education classes, INCLUDING a woodworking class. And they have a bunch of new machines that they seem to be really proud of.

Looks like they’re already most of the way through their fall classes, so I’ll start in January. Perfect.

Thanks everyone!

-- Emily, Utah,

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#8 posted 10-22-2008 03:24 PM

How do you like that? Less than 24Hrs and you have an answer! Welcome to LJ’s; I guess you have already noticed there is a great group of folks here…

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 10-22-2008 03:31 PM


You must have already found that they do hold some classes at the Woodcraft Store located in Sandy. You still might want to call them and see what they do have. Also you have already found the some of the high schools do hold woodworking classes. I believe that Highland High School and possibly East High might have them. These, as you know, are quite close to the U of U. Let us know if you find something..

Glad to have another Utah’n on board….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#10 posted 10-23-2008 02:08 AM

Welcome to the site Emily. I hope you can hang out and share ideas between now and when your classes begin. This is a great site. Questions get tons of answers, and they’re pretty much all good ones.
- JJ

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#11 posted 10-23-2008 06:19 AM

Wish you lived closer, I am a former Vocational Shop Teacher, am 77 and worked wood since 1945. Still have my Cabinetshop. Too bad everything is so far away from here.

-- Karl, Wyoming

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#12 posted 10-24-2008 03:34 PM

Hi Emily, Welcome to the crazy world of LJs. It’s a fun and exciting place also, and can be very informative, or not depending on who you listen to. Most guys know what they are talking about.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#13 posted 10-24-2008 05:52 PM

Hello Emily, Welcome to LJs. You have found yourself among one great group of people. I am sure you will enjoy your time here. And as you can see there are always answers to your questions.

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#14 posted 09-15-2009 06:41 PM

Hi Emily,

I am in the same boat as you. SLCC has cabinetry classes (stat with BCCM in the course catalog) and Utah Valley University has a lot of classes also, but coth of those are a little out of my price range. I looked @ Granite Peaks (Granite School District’s Adult Ed program) but they’re not offering any classes this term.

Can you tell me which school(s) you found classes at?


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#15 posted 09-15-2009 06:55 PM

Hi and welcome Emily! WOW…..I’ve been a member of Lumberjocks for a year and am always amazed how the members come through!

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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