In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the craft of woodworking and to the woodworking facilities at Artscape Daniels Launchpad. Using a wide variety of hand, power, and machine tools, each participant will transform rough hardwood lumber into a finished and food safe serving platter measuring about 6-inches wide by 20-inches long. Throughout this process, participants will learn about the properties of different wood species, how to select material, how to safely and effectively operate woodworking tools and machinery, and how to finish and care for an heirloom wooden object.

Requirements: Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), which includes safety glasses, hearing protection, and a particulate dust mask or respirator. Participants must bring and wear closed toe shoes. Please contact us at with any questions or if you require additional accommodations.

There is a $25.00 material fee included in the workshop price that covers the materials you will need for in-class sample making.  

*Please be aware that attending this workshop (201) does not give you open access to the Studio. To obtain unrestricted access to a studio you must complete the hosted 'Safety Training and Orientation session (101)' for that Studio.

Members: $50 + Materials fee $25.
Non - members: $70 + Materials fee $25

Facilitator: Brenton Nader

Brenton began his woodworking career as an apprentice at Akroyd Furniture in Toronto’s Distillery District. Since then, he’s opened his own woodworking studios in both Stratford and Toronto. He enjoys experimenting with different forms, materials, and new manufacturing technologies; and his current work draws influence from mid-century modern, contemporary Japanese, and Scandinavian furniture.

Arrival Information: Participants please check-in with the Member Experience team at the front desk, they will show you into the studio. Please note, late arrivals (15 minutes or more) will not be admitted. These courses have limited capacity and require preparation by the Creative Studio’s technical team, cancellations made with less than 24 hours' notice and late arrivals will not be refundedContact Member Services to cancel your attendance prior to the 24hr deadline or to rebook onto the next scheduled workshop.