Woodworking and Basic Construction Classes

Winter & Spring 2024 Classes & Shop Hours

At Heartmoor, tuitions are all inclusive- general shop materials, use of tools, storage of projects, and beautiful wood. Salvage and reclamation of resources is a central focus of our design and build philosophy. Classes are designed to support the individual student in their pursuit of skills combined with the theory of practice. We understand that a missed class due to work or family conflicts is natural. We will do the best we can to find convenient make-up times for each individual student through priority placement in Wednesday Open Shop or special weekend Shop Time (dates TBD). 

At Heartmoor, students are encouraged and supported to reach and exceed their personal expectations and explore new methods of work.  As one student recently commented: the classes “…made the humbling experience of learning a new skill as an adult totally delightful.” -H.D.


Basic Carpentry

January 15- February 26, Mondays 6:00–8:30 p.m. (6 Classes) $295.

Learn about basic tool use, safety equipment, types of wood and different cuts of wood as well as specific fundamentals of house framing. Both hand and power tools will be taught and used to complete a simple group project. Students are encouraged to bring drawings, photographs, and questions about their own maintenance and repair issues or building dreams.

This Class is FULL


“Heartmoor has become my home away from home, where I go to escape the day-to-day and focus down on one thing, in great detail, and walk away saying “I did that!”. Robert provides the perfect balance of guided and independent learning, you always feel like you are being stretched the right amount to grow but not break. Heartmoor feels like a family. We celebrate each other’s successes and lend a hand when needed.” -M.B.


Woodworking 101

January 18- February 22 (6 Classes) Thursdays 6-8:30pm $295

Especially for beginners, we will begin with a simple and attractive project emphasizing qualities of different types of wood and styles of joinery. Individual projects are completed over the course of the 6 classes for the student to take home and use. Types of finishes and trim options as well as hardware decisions result from learning to answer the first question: What’s the use?

This Class is FULL

Woodworking for Women


 Saturday & Sunday January 27 & 28 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. $255

Join the long history of women making a difference in the trade industry and start on the path of building your dream shed, house, studio, or anything you can think of, at any time, for years to come.  Gain a basic overview of terms, tools, and techniques used in the field of carpentry. Learn how to safely use a wide range of hand and power tools.

 We’ll go over house framing and layout while looking at the anatomy of a structure. Whether you’re planning on building a house or just want some basic skills, this course will help you gain the confidence you need.

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Sharpening Basics

*WEEKEND CLASS* February 3 Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. $115.

Learn the fundamentals of sharpening your own hand tools using stones. Bring your hand planes or chisels, or simply come to learn the nuances. Refi ne your relationship with your tools and discover a new, safer way to work in wood.

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Hand Cut Dovetails

*WEEKEND CLASS* February 24 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $155.

It’s a simple skill often replaced by expensive, fancy jigs for routers but you can learn the ins and outs of full and half blind dovetails in less than a day.

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Woodworking 102

February 29th- April 11 16th, 2024; Thursdays 6-8:30pm $325  **No Class Thursday March 7th**

Picking up where Woodworking 101 left off, students will design, build, and assemble a unique seating accessory to challenge their new skills. Learning how to use the tools you need to work with wood is just one of the aspects of continued exploration. Students will be introduced to more hand tools, power tools and taught how to take care of tools.

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Timber Framing Intensive

*WEEKEND CLASS* March 23 & 24, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. $475.
Framing with heavy timber is within your reach! For the 10th year in a row, we are pleased to continue to share the tradition of timber joinery. In this two-day introduction, students will learn the fundamentals of design and construction of small timber frame structures using straight mortise and tenon joinery through shouldered bracing

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“I started taking classes at Heartmoor in the Spring of 2019 and haven’t looked back. Robert has been a patient, encouraging, and knowledgeable mentor who has guided me through many projects from ideation to execution, ranging from a simple mallet to matching mid century modern nightstands (and even a pottery wheel!). In addition to the fundamental skills of woodworking, I have also honed my ability to think spatially and consider proportions through the lens of both function and aesthetics. I couldn’t be more pleased with my experience!” -India


Intermediate Carpentry

March 11- April 22 Mondays 6:00–8:30 p.m. (6 Classes) $325

Continue the work begun in Basic Carpentry designing and building a small project. Topics include hand and power tool use, safety and measurement skills. Fastening, joinery techniques as well as a focus on individual’s current projects will also be discussed. This is an intermediate class with the goal of completing a self designed individual project following the introductory group projects (as applicable).

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Shaker Style Chairs

April 18– May 9, (4 classes) Thursdays 6:00 -8:30 p.m. $375.Students will learn to design, then build their own Shaker style chair inspired by the traditional style and methods used by the Shaker community for centuries. Students will leave with the chair frame, constructed and finished, and instructions on how to cane or weave the seat.

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Wood Anatomy and Identification 

**WEEKEND CLASS** Saturday April 13 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. $115

Whether you are working with wood as a hobby or are an industry professional, knowing more about your material for yourself or your client can be very helpful. Wood identification starts with a general understanding of tree anatomy, how trees become lumber, where certain lumber comes from, and the variety of wood’s uses. Then we dive deeper into the structure of the material, finding clues and sorting out species. With a collection of over 50 verified and forensic identified local native specimens, the collection at Heartmoor will set you in the right direction by not only knowing more of what you need for your specific uses but also giving you the tools to begin your own disciplined study. Each participant will be given a loupe (10x magnifier) to further their personal identification skills.

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Advanced Methods in Wood

April 29- June 3rd (6 Classes); Mondays  6:00 – 8:30 p.m.  $375.

The Advanced Methods in Wood class deals with the combination of joints and materials in furniture. Emphasis is placed on finer details in individual projects, integrity of design, well executed scaled drawings suitable for engineering use, and processing salvage or green lumber. Topics continue on hand and power tool use, safety, measurement, and refinement of skills. Specialty fastening, more joinery techniques, and in-depth consideration of wood finishes and species are included on the syllabus. Prerequisite: Intermediate Carpentry at Heartmoor or significant experience.

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Generations: Working together

**Weekend Class**  Sat May 4th & Sunday May 5th, 9am-4pm $175 per person, maximum enrollment 6

Join together with a member of your family to build something practical and a lasting memory. An introduction to safety, hand tools, and how to recognize types of wood leads directly into a hands- on project completed during the weekend Open to grandparents/grandchildren, mothers/sons, fathers/ daughters, aunts/nieces, etc…

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“Before I started my carpentry class at Heartmoor, I knew very little about woodworking tools and processes. Now I basically live in my garage, making shelves, benches, garden boxes – I can’t be stopped! Robert is a patient teacher and I appreciate his emphasis on using salvaged material for woodworking projects.” – Lynne


Basic Cabinetry

May 23 – June 20 (5 Classes) Thursdays 6:00 – 8:30 pm $475

This class helps build student confidence to design and construct cabinets using layout and building techniques for specific cabinet needs. Students will receive hands-on experience with power and hand tools, joinery, hardware options and finishing techniques. Price includes materials. Prerequisite: Basic Carpentry

The object is to build your own cabinet. Participants will leave with the skills to construct cabinetry for any project. We use a sheet of 3/4″ birch plywood, some scraps of salvaged oak and heart pine, mix them with your needs, and design/ build a professional cabinet. Methods addressed include: dado setup, face framing, router table trim, and Kreg joinery.

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“I signed up for Hartmoor’s intermediate carpentry class mainly so I could get my hands on some tools I don’t have, learn better skills from someone in person, and build something cool. I got to use and learn about tools I wouldn’t otherwise have access to, I learned a lot about joinery, and I was able to build a porch swing that I use proudly at my house! In addition to getting what I expected, I had the pleasure of working side by side with other students and see and learn from their progress. 
I really enjoyed the class and the company – I can’t wait to take the next one!” – K.G.

Open Shop Wednesdays

Current and former students are invited to sign up for Open Shop days to initiate larger, elaborate projects or create one-session crafts at their discretion.

Rate includes access to shop equipment and reasonable supplies in addition to personal instruction in methods and skills.

Students are recommended to purchase bulk hours ahead of time. A sign-up sheet for future dates and sign-out sheet for students are located on post C4 in the shop.

Open Shop is limited to 6 persons

Register through text/ email: 917-822-7230, seeyou@heartmoorfarm.org

Wednesday Shop Hours are 6pm – 8:30pm;

Open Shop rates:

Tinkerer $20/hr Drop-In Rate

Busy Bee $150/ 8hrs

Beaver $275/ 16hrs

Apprentice $480/ 32 hrs

Please contact us if you have any questions about the classes. seeyou@heartmoorfarm.com

Sawdust Scholarships

We have received so much support over the years from current and former students wanting to give a little extra and help other, younger members of our classes continue their enrollment in subsequent classes.

Because of this we have decided that 2024 is the time to formalize a ‘Sawdust Scholarship’ fund with matched funds from an endowment.

These gifts, which has often been anonymously given to directly support a particular student, can also now become a general fund.

If you are interested in contributing to this direct action or would like to support a particular young person’s interest in attending classes, click the link below or reach out in any other way. Thank You.

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Summer Classes 2024

*We are currently working on classes/dates for adults for the Summer session*

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