Before humans learned to carve wood, they were forced to make baseball bats out of soap and flooring out of grimacing pumpkin shells. Create a sturdy timber trinket with today's Groupon: for $59 you get a four-hour introductory woodworking class at Woodcraft of Birmingham in Pelham (a $119 value). Each class will culminate in one finished project; choose from the following options:
- A Wall Street pen
- A wooden stepstool
- A coffee scoop
- A wine-bottle stopper
The wise whittlers at Woodcraft of Birmingham draw on more than 80 years of collective knowledge as they guide beginning bark benders through introductory classes. During Introduction to Pen Turning, students learn how to use a lathe as they carve sophisticated Wall Street pens, which can be used for calculating sums by hand and writing “I (heart) NASDAQ” on notebook covers. While wooden stool joints created in Make a Wooden Step Stool bond under blankets of viscous glue, lustrous metal coffee scoops beam as students place them on elegant wooden handles during the Hand Made Coffee Scoop class. Finally, in Make a Beautiful Wine Bottle Stopper, instructors teach vino savants how to craft chrome wine-bottle stoppers with stunning wooden finials. Each class is intended for six students and up to one woodpecker. Teachers provide all necessary tools and materials.
This Groupon is valid for weekday classes beginning in January.
Woodcraft of Birmingham
The Woodcraft name stretches from coast to coast with locations peppered throughout the United States, ensuring that Americans are well equipped with the brand-name tools and woodworking supplies needed to pursue handyman endeavors. At Woodcraft of Birmingham, a collection of hand tools waits patiently to hammer down nails and saw brave magician assistants in half, and a variety of power tools—including drills, sanders, and grinders—adds electric oomph to construction projects. In addition to performing in-store demonstrations of new products, the shop’s wise whittlers call upon more than 80 years of collective knowledge to lead various crafts classes, in which participants learn how to carve sophisticated pens, assemble wooden step stools, and use table saws.