Introduction to Woodworking Techniques -- Not Currently Offered

Students will develop skills that will give them the confidence to take on projects of a moderate skill level on their own. Topics will include wood identification and the characteristics of the wood that affect its choice for a specific project, how to correctly choose and use hand tools such as hand planes and chisels, and how to identify and use the correct measuring tools.  Students will sharpen and hone chisels and lay out and cut dovetails. Students will learn the safe use and application of power tools and, ultimately, be free to focus on developing the skill sets they wish to pursue on future projects.  The registration fee includes materials and supplies for the basic learning projects. Wood for additional individual projects is available by the foot at additional cost.

Instructor: Casey Gloster
Enrollment: 10
Cost:  The registration fee includes materials and supplies for the basic learning projects.
Location: Katherine Harper Hall Room 146

Registration will begin on the following dates and will remain open until the class fills or three working days before the class starts, whichever comes first:

  • Fall Session: August 10 at noon
  • Spring Session: December 1 at noon
  • Summer Session: May 1 at noon


Please Note: You may cancel a craft class up to two weeks before the class begins, with a $30 cancellation fee assessed. No refunds are allowed within two weeks of the start date, nor after the class begins.

Casey Gloster was influenced by his father in the lumber business and his mother as an interior designer.  Previous careers have included professional photographer and structural aircraft mechanic (fabricating, machining and repairing commercial aircraft like the DC-8, 737 and 767). His third career has been as a furniture designer, in which he has studied Fine and Creative Woodworking and has taken workshops by Will Neptune, Steve Latta, Vivian Beer, Alf Sharp, and Curtiss Buchanan. He is currently a member of the American Society of Furniture Designers and The Furniture Society, and he has been a member of the Piedmont Triad Woodturners Association. He has had what he calls “a humble presence” in an art gallery in Greensboro, N.C. He is in his final semester at Appalachian State University where he will receive a B.S. in product design with a concentration in Furniture Design.

PLEASE NOTE: Most classes meet over multiple weeks. Registration for each class is open until the class fills or until three working days before the class begins, whichever comes first. If you miss the registration for this semester we hope you will consider taking this class the next time it is offered. Please contact Teri Reddick at to be added to the mailing list if you would like to be notified when new classes are offered.

Director: Dacia Trethewey,

Director Emeritus: Eric Reichard,

If you experience problems completing the registration, contact Jack Chambers at 828-262-2933 or email Jack Chambers at

If you need accommodations due to a disability, contact the Office of Disability Services at least two weeks prior to the beginning of your Craft Enrichment class. (828) 262-3056.

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