Skill Levels 


 

Find a class that's right for you

We get students with widely varied levels of woodworking experience with interests ranging from vocational training to the weekend enthusiast. Whether you've never picked up a chisel, or you're an expert in stationary machines, or you already have a good understanding of hand tools, we want to connect you to the best class for your interests and abilities.

Because the terms beginner, intermediate, and advanced are open to a wide variety of interpretations, we've adopted a level system by Anderson Ranch to better help you understand the level of skill needed as a pre-requisite for a class.


 

Hand Tool and Furniture Making Classes

  • Open to All
    Students of any skill level

  • Level 1
    Students are new to hand tool woodworking and have no formal training

  • Level 2 
    Students have experience working with and sharpening basic hand tools (planes, hand saws and chisels) and are familiar with the basic principles of joinery and stock preparation. Students may have started to build their own kit of hand tools. A good overview of these skills can be found in Jim Tolpin's book: The New Traditional Woodworker.

  • Level 3
    Students have some formal training in hand tool woodworking and design; plus experience with a variety of woods and joinery techniques. Students know how to competently and safely use stationary machines for stock preparation. Students have their own kits of hand tools. 

Woodturning Classes

  • Open to all
    Students of any skill level

  • Level 1
    Students are new to woodturning and have no formal training

  • Level 2
    Students have a basic understanding of fundamental turning tools and techniques and are comfortable using and sharpening bowl gouges and spindle gouges

  • Level 3
    Students have significant turning experience using both green and kiln-dried lumber. Students are capable of selecting wood, able to use and sharpen gouges, and familiar with the basic principles of design.