Woodworking and Basic Construction Classes

Winter/ Spring 2023 Classes

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. 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. While we continue to adjust to the new paradigm and restrictions, flexibility is our guiding principle.

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 9- February 13, 2023   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 some fundamentals of house framing.  Both hand and power tools will be taught and used to complete a simple individual project. Students are encouraged to bring drawings, photographs, and questions about their own maintenance and repair issues or building dreams.

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“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 12- Feb 16, 2023 (6 Classes)  Thursdays 6-8:30pm   $265

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 5 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?

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Sharpening Basics

**WEEKEND CLASS**  January 14, 2023  Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  $95

Learn the fundamentals of sharpening your own hand tools using stones and electric grinders. Bring your  hand planes or chisels, or simply come to learn the nuances and tricks from the most basic to solving tricky dings. Refine your relationship with your tools and discover a new, safer way to work in the wood zone.

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Hand-cut Dovetails

**WEEKEND CLASS** February 11th, 2023  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. Working in either soft or hardwoods leaves many choices to ponder. Students will create a small project to take home. Tools and materials provided.

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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


Timber Framing Intensive

For the 10th year in a row, we are pleased to continue to share the tradition of timber joinery.  In this introductory course, students will learn the fundamentals of design and construction of small timber frame structures using mortise and tenon joinery through shouldered bracing.  

Students will be introduced to layout techniques, tool use, and options for joinery cutting methods. This class will primarily focus on hand-cut joinery and tools but will also demonstrate power tools and techniques used by modern timber framers.  Tools & materials provided.

This 5 day intensive experience is physically demanding and requires lifting several hundred pound timbers with friends. We will be working outside weather permitting.

**NEWLY ADDED DATE** April 24-28, 2023 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  $575pp.

Regular Summer Course:  June 12-16, 2023   9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  $575pp.  


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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


Kayak & Canoe Paddles

**WEEKEND CLASS** February 4/5, 2023, Saturday & Sunday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  $275.

In this two-day workshop, participants will learn the proper selection of appropriate species of wood, learn basic identification of some softwoods and hardwoods, and construct a laminated canoe or kayak paddle to their specific dimensions. Day one will include the wood selection, sorting and glue up. Day two will focus on the shaping and edging of the handles and blades. Students will leave with a mostly finished ‘blank’ that with a little more sanding and shaping will be ready to finish and use in open water or whitewater paddling.

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Intermediate Carpentry

February 27- April 3, 2023  Mondays 6:00–8:30 p.m. (6 Classes)  $325.

Continue the work from Basic Carpentry designing and building a small project. Topics continue on hand and power tool use, safety, and measurement skills. Fastening, joinery techniques, and structural integrity of existing buildings as well as a focus on individual’s current projects will be discussed. This is an intermediate class with the goal of completing a group project. Prerequisite: Basic Carpentry

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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.

Woodworking 102

March 2- April 6, 2023 Thursdays 6:00–8:30 p.m. (6 classes)    $285

Picking up where Woodworking 101 left off, students will design, build, and assemble a unique accessory to complement their new hobby. Learning how to make 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 their tools.

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Generations: Working together

**Weekend Class**  Friday, March 3rd,  5-8:30pm & Saturday, March 4th, 2023   9am-4pm $150 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 one evening and Saturday class. Open to grandparents/grandchildren, mothers/sons, fathers/daughters, aunts/nieces, etc…

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Wood Anatomy and Identification 

**WEEKEND CLASS** Saturday March 18, 2023  9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  $100.

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 10 – May 15, 2023 (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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—-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 requested to purchase bulk hours ahead of time with the exception of drop in rates.

Wednesday shop hours are limited to 5 persons

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

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

Open Shop rates:

Tinkerer $20/hr

Busy Bee $150/ 8hrs

Beaver $275/ 16hrs

Apprentice $480/ 32 hrs

Open Shop Dates:


Jan 44,11,18,25

Feb 1, 8, 15, 20

March 1,8,15,22,29

Apr 5,12,19,26

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

We are Members and supporters of the Timber Framer’s Guild

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