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Honing your Wood Turning Skills, Beginner to Advanced

Honing your Wood Turning Skills, Beginner to Advanced with Master Craftsman Fred Inman
Fred Inman is back with more tricks and techniques for woodturning. Enjoy the open format demonstration where there is plenty of time for questions and advice as Fred walks you through many basic woodturning techniques. From the beginner to advanced, this is a good opportunity to add to your skill set for fine woodturning.
Saturday, July 21st, 9:00AM to Noon


Table Saw Tricks and Techniques Demonstration

Table Saw Tricks and Techniques Demonstration with George Wilmore
This demonstration will cover the many things you can do with your table saw. George will be demonstrating how versatile this core shop machine can be for you for a wide range of operations. Stop in and see for yourself how you use the basic table saw to enhance your projects and even how you might reduce the number of machines you need with just a few table saw tricks.
Saturday, July 14th, 10:00AM to Noon


Intricate Wood Turning Techniques

Intricate Wood Turning with Master Craftsman Fred Inman
Tools and Techniques, live demonstration for fine detail turning.
Saturday, April 14th, Starting at 10:00AM


Festool Factory Representative Product Demo Day

It's Festool Demo Day See all the exceptional capabilities of the Festool product line.
Saturday April 7th, Starting at 9:30AM


CrystaLac Factory Representative Finishing Demo Day

From sanding sealers to super tough clear coats and polishes, you need to see these products.
Saturday Mar. 31st, Starting at 9:30AM


Ladies Woodworking Day

It's Ladies Woodworking day! Rhonda Inman and Shelly Bice are hosting a new event for OakTree… Ladies Woodworking Day. Great ideas for getting involved in woodworking without a big investment and needing a big space. Demonstrations will include scroll saw wood bracelets, turned pen and pencil sets, wood bowl turning and much more. Ladies, if you are looking for a new adventure in keepsake art, mark your calendar, OakTree is the place to be.
Saturday Feb. 24th. 10AM to 2PM - 4 Hours - FREE


General Finishes Demonstrations

General Finishes, since 1928, the best wood finishing products for your masterpiece. Factory representatives will be at OakTree Supply demonstrating all the techniques for absolutely the best and easiest wood finish including oil and the new water-based products for wood. Demonstrations will include the latest finishing techniques, distressing and glazing finishes, paints, stains and the hottest thing in final finishes…easy rub on polyurethane topcoats.
Saturday Feb. 17th, 9:30AM to 1:00PM - 3.5 Hours - FREE


Small Piece Wood Turning

Shelly Bice will be presenting many interesting techniques for small wood turning on the lathe. Through demonstrations of turning items including writing pens, wine stoppers and other intricate wood turning styles, you can expand your woodworking options through this informative demonstration. Wood turning of small and highly useful items may be the easiest and lowest cost way to enter the exciting hobby of woodturning or enhance your others areas of woodworking by adding wood turned features.
Saturday, Feb. 3rd from 10AM to 12PM - 2 Hours - FREE


Making End Grain Cutting Boards

Dick Dettmer will present a 90 minute demonstration on the basic construction and final finishing of end grain cutting boards. End grained boards offer many unique options for design, color, and style. Learning these basic steps opens up a whole new world of woodworking opportunities. Attend this short demonstration and see for yourself how you can add to your skill set in end grain cutting boards. Information covered will be design, wood selection, tools needed, wood preparation, setting up and types of finishing available.
Saturday, Jan. 27th from 10:00AM to 11:30AM - 1.5 Hours - FREE


Wood Turning Demonstrations

Come by OakTree anytime Saturday, January 20th for FREE wood turning demos by master craftsman Fred Inman. Mr. Inman will be doing demos all day and available to discuss essentials such as equipment and basic tool selections, safety, picking wood stock, attaching and balancing your stock, types of finish and much more. If you ever wanted to learn to turn beautiful wood art objects on a lathe, this is a great opportunity to ask questions and see an expert in action.
Saturday, Jan. 20th from 9:00AM to 4:00PM - FREE - No Registration Required


Know Your Turning Tools

On Saturday May 13th Norm Peltz is doing an amazing class on carving tools here at Oaktree. The class will be from 9:00AM to noon. This is an excellent way to get started in wood carving basics. Norm is a professional level carver, well known in the wood carving circles and will be displaying some exceptional pieces he has created.
May. 13th at 9:00AM - 3 Hours - $65


Introduction to Bowl Turning

Fred Inman will be teaching the basics of bowl turning plus tool selection and sharpening.
Mar. 6th at 6:00PM - 2 Hours - $45


Pen Turning from Start to Finish

Shelly Bice will be teaching all of the steps needed to turn an ink pen from start to finish.
Feb. 27th at 6:00PM - 2 Hours - $45


French Polishing

Ken Ellis will be teaching the basics of french polishing. A French polish finish is outstanding for showing off the beauty of any wood surface. It also dries quickly, so you don't have to worry about dust settling on it, and does not require sanding between coats or an expensive ventilation system. However, many consider it too tricky, time consuming, or requiring too much skill to consider using. While French polishing does require some technique, you can get a satisfactory finish with just a little bit of practice. This workshop will give you the experience, know-how, and confidence to apply a beautiful French polish finish to your projects.
Feb. 25th at 2:00PM - 1.5 Hours - $50


Working with Argentium Sterling Silver

Heidi Mandich from Indianapolis will be joining us for a 4 hour beginning silversmithing class. In this class you will learn the techniques for working with silver, accented with copper and brass, to producing a silver spinner ring for you to enjoy.
Feb. 18th at 12:00PM - 4 Hours - $80 + $20 for supplies


Intarsia on the Scroll Saw: Part 2

Rhonda Inman will be finishing the intarsia piece started in Part 1. This class will cover cutting, sanding and assembling the final project.
6:00PM - 2 Hours - $45


Spindle Duplication

Wayne Mcann will be demonstrating the process of duplicating existing spindles on the lathe using basic tools like a caliper and ruler.
6:00PM - 2 Hours - $45


Spindle Turning

Wayne Mcann will be covering the basic techniques for turning spindles on the wood lathe.
6:00PM - 2 Hours - $45


Intro to Segmented Bowl Turning: Part 2

Shelly Bice will be picking up where she left off and taking the rough bowl blank created in the previous class and finishing it on the lathe.
6:00PM - 2 Hours - $45


Intarsia on the Scroll Saw: Part 1

Rhonda Inman will be covering pattern design, wood selection and basic sawing techniques for creating intarsia.
6:00PM - 2 Hours - $45


Intro to Segmented Bowl Turning: Part 1

Shelly Bice will be demonstrating how to use graph paper to design a bowl and determine its shape and size. This class will also cover assembling and pressing the bowl into rough shape.
6:00PM - 2 Hours - $45


Getting Started with Wood Turning

Fred Inman will be discussing how to choose a lathe and lathe tools as well as their basic use, sharpening and other wood turning equipment.
6:00PM - 2 Hours - $45


Scroll Saw Tricks and Techniques

This class will include project options, wood and blade selection, use, set up and much more. Several functions of saw usage and safety will be demonstrated, while also showing you how to make a compound Christmas ornament and matching keepsake box in the process. This class is designed to provide those with existing, limited skills or the beginner, all the information they need to start tackling a wide range of projects with a solid foundation in the saw’s use and capabilities
3 Hours - $55 Download Class PDF


How to Build Segmented Wood Turnings

Oaktree’s latest turning class provides all the steps to set up a segmented turning project including wood selection, cutting and assembly, turning and finishing. This is an excellent class to understand what is needed and how to rapidly produce beautiful and unique turned projects. This presentation is designed for those with some basic turning exposure who want to expand their expertise in this new area. Our instructor will provide examples and demonstrations of every step in the process, from beginning to end, so you can advance quickly on your own future projects.
2 Hours - $45 Download Class PDF


Fine Metalworking Class #3

Our continuing classes in fine metal working will allow you to begin the process of using the basic hand tools to produce various intricate metal components. In this class our instructor will walk you through the steps involved in making the basic components used for jewelry or other related art works. This hands-on class will be covering the basics of intricate cutting, piercing, hammering, stamping and texturing. With these acquired skills, future classes in finishing, enameling and etching will go further in expanding your skills into the marvelous world of beautiful metal working
3 Hours - $75 Download Class PDF


Fine Metalworking Class #2

Our second class in fine metal working will allow you to begin the process of using the basic hand tools to produce various intricate metal pieces. In this class our instructor will walk you through the steps involved in making the basic components used for jewelry or other related art works. This hands on class will be covering the basics of intricate cutting, piercing, hammering, stamping and texturing. With these acquired skills, future classes in finishing, enameling and etching will go further in expanding your skills into the marvelous world of beautiful metal working.
3 Hours - $75 Download Class PDF


Beginners Wood Turning

Expanding on the theory discussed in our Wood Turning Basics (suggested prerequisite), this class begins to show how a simple, rough piece of wood is transformed into a beautiful piece of art. In the class, students will be able get hands-on experience in each step of basic turning process from start to finish. At completion, the students should have a good understanding of mounting your turning, basic tool selection and usage, turning speeds and feed, tool position, basic sharpening requirements and final finishing basics.
2 Hours - $45 Download Class PDF


Fine Metalworking

Learn the fine art of metal working — how to use the essential hand tools of a metal-smith creating simple to stunning ideas in non-ferrous metals, such as copper and brass. In this introductory, demonstration style, class the instructor will demonstrate specialized techniques such as using a jeweler's saw to cut and pierce, hammers and stamps to create textures and simple forging, cold connection of elements, heating and cleaning of metal, and final surface finishing methods. With these basic techniques you can enhance your current projects with new materials, use these methods in jewelry making or create unique standalone pieces.
2 Hours - $45 Download Class PDF