Wood working in vancouver

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    Wood working in Vancouver

    Woodworking can be a very rewarding hobby, and Vancouver is a great place to get into the craft. If you are an experienced woodworker looking for a shop, or a beginner that is looking to get started this is the guide for you.

    Woodworking shops

    There are only a few good rent-able woodworking shops in Vancouver. This is because of the insurance that is required to run a open to the public woodworking shop.

    Single day workshops and courses

    Doing a workshop or course is a great way to get started with woodworking.

    Inspiration

    There is a huge amount of online woodworking resources, way too many to list. This is a list of some of my favorite online resources. When I am looking for a new woodworking project I tend to search thought Instructables woodworking how-to guides, Instagram #woodworking for beautiful finished projects, and Open Desk for woodworking plans.

    Schools

    Vancouver have many schools to gain a formal education in woodworking. BCIT, Langara, and ITA BC have a great selection of full-time and part-time programs. Many of other local community collages/university such as VCC, Capilano University, and UBC also offer piecemeal woodworking courses as well.

    UBC sala has a dedicated woodworking shop that is available to all students and staff

    Online community

    Tools

    Sooner or later you are going to need to buy some of your own woodworking tools. Lee Valley is your one stop shop for everything to do with woodworking. KMS Tools and Summit Tools have a great selection too and sometimes has better prices then Lee Valley.

    Wood

    You are going to need some wood for making awesome projects.

    Places to avoid

    Vancouver has a lot of great resources for woodworking but there are also some places that are horrible. If you have had the unfortunate experience of going to The Vancouver Hackspace (VHS), please don’t give up on woodworking! and try one of the great alternatives in Vancouver. Their small selection of used recycled tools are constantly broken, dull, or unsafe. Their volunteers are all but useless, and teach bad unsafe habits. They are not adequate insured and are a accident waiting to happen. Their space is too small to a project of any reasonable size. No proper ventilation, the list goes on.

    Don’t let the Vancouver hackspace ruin your experience with woodworking.