Woodworking Basics and Beyond: The Crafted Glory Method
Embodying the spirit of learning and adaptation, this 8-week course encourages you to embrace the unpredictable nature of woodworking. This course fosters self-reliance and personal aesthetics while instilling respect for the quirks of wood and the craft itself. As you journey from designing to crafting your unique piece, you'll understand that mistakes are a part of the process, often leading to new creative directions. Ultimately, you'll have more than a product—you'll have a personal story of mastering a timeless craft of woodworking.
- AKwadwo Som-PimpongFounder of Crafted Glory at Crafted Glory
Week 1Jan 8, 2024 - Jan 14, 2024Introduction & Tools Maintenance
Kickstarts your journey into woodworking by covering the basics and safety measures. It explores different approaches to the craft, hand, and power tools, and introduces the importance of maintaining tools for optimum performance.
Week 2Jan 15, 2024 - Jan 21, 2024Understanding Wood
Dives into the origin of wood and presents different species and their unique characteristics. It guides you through the wood selection process, the significance of drying, and the versatility of wood manipulation. Special focus is given to the aesthetic features of wood, like color and grain patterns.
Week 3Jan 22, 2024 - Jan 28, 2024Wood Processing Techniques
Explores the process of transforming raw, dry wood into usable forms. It covers techniques such as rough milling, squaring up edges, jointing sides, and planning to create a rectangular shape. Additionally, you'll learn how to join multiple boards to create larger surfaces for your woodworking projects.
Week 4Jan 29, 2024 - Feb 4, 2024Mastering Joinery Techniques
Dives into joinery, teaching you how to transform boards into various shapes to create furniture components. Whether it's crafting legs or other intricate features, you'll explore the fundamentals of both traditional and modern joinery techniques, using manual hand tools or power tools to achieve precise and secure connections.
Week 5Feb 5, 2024 - Feb 11, 2024Perfecting Wood Finishing
Guides you through the crucial sanding stage and achieves the desired surface quality. You'll learn various finishing techniques, including synthetic finishes, and gain insights into proper application methods and health precautions. Emphasizing the significance of a well-executed finish, the course highlights how it can elevate the overall look of your woodworking projects, ensuring that your hard work pays off with a beautiful result.
Week 6Feb 12, 2024 - Feb 18, 2024Exploring Woodturning
Focuses on the art of woodturning as a standalone technique. Safety considerations take the forefront as you learn this unique woodworking form's proper techniques and tools. From spindle turning to bowl turning, this week provides hands-on experience and guidance for mastering the craft of woodturning.
Week 7Feb 19, 2024 - Feb 25, 2024Strategic Wood Cutting
Explores the art of cutting wood to expose specific structures and features. You'll learn techniques to strategically shape and manipulate the wood to highlight desired characteristics, such as grain patterns or unique growth rings. This week delves into the precision and skill required to make deliberate cuts that enhance the visual appeal of your woodworking projects.
Week 8Feb 26, 2024 - Mar 3, 2024Keystone Project: Make a Product
Integrates the skills and knowledge gained throughout the course, allowing you to showcase your craftsmanship, joinery techniques, wood selection, and finishing expertise. It's the culmination of your woodworking journey, representing your growth and accomplishments as you combine all the elements learned to create a functional and beautiful piece of furniture.
Who is your coach
Kwadwo Som-Pimpong is a passionate craftsman and entrepreneur, transforming his love for woodworking into Crafted Glory, a sustainable furniture business. Merging his Ghanaian roots with Scandinavian aesthetics, he creates unique pieces that champion ethical labor practices and conscious consumption. Beyond his business, Kwadwo also guides aspiring woodworkers through his course on WeFranch, inspiring the next generation of artisans.