Woodworking can open one’s eyes to the patterns of the natural world, from the flow of wood grain to the way migrating birds always line up duck, duck, goose. Chip away at nature’s mysteries with today’s Groupon: for $59, you get a basic woodworking class at Woodcraft in Clearwater (a $119 value). Choose from the following class options:
- Make a Wall Street pen
- Make a beautiful butterfly
- Make a coffee scoop
- Make a wine bottle stopper
Woodcraft’s skilled instructors guide unpracticed hands through the careful negotiation of delicate tools during four-hour weekday classes that culminate in the completion of timber artifacts. During the intro to pen-turning course, teachers impart the ancient secrets behind lathe work, such as choosing the right mandrel while distracting nearby beavers with cedar-flavor chew toys. Fine-bladed scroll saws aid students in creating a delicate wooden insect in the butterfly course, and heavier hunks of wood transform into graceful handles for prefabricated scoops in the coffee-scoop session. In the wine-stopper class, wood-whisperers teach students the techniques for creating ornate shapes and spelunking into bottles of preserved vintages.
Woodcraft provides the tools, wood, and add-ons to finish each in-class project, and ensures each pupil gets adequate attention by capping each class at six students. A full onsite store stocks every item needed to continue lumber explorations at home, whether whipping up a flock of scrollwork animals or rapidly enhancing one’s custom-toothpick collection. This Groupon is valid for weekday classes beginning in January.
Since its humble beginnings as a small Boston storefront in 1928, the Woodcraft name has grown to encompass more than 70 metropolitan locations across the United States, making a nationwide splash in the world of woodworking supplies. In its transformation into a bustling franchise, Woodcraft has retained its signature, down-to-earth homeyness in each of its shops, where locals search out brand-name hand tools, hardware, and wood to build tree forts or rapidly enhance custom toothpick collections. Woodcraft’s 90-day satisfaction guarantee ensures that customers can bid adieu to any item that fails to meet their handyman standards. The network of shops also shares its woodworking wisdom during its classes, and hosts poker games that yield Woodcraft gift-card prizes.