FAQ

Wood is provided for workshop class projects. Other reclaimed woods and a select variety of new wood are on hand for purchase. Only reclaimed wood that has been thoroughly de-nailed to prevent hazards and damage to tools and equipment can be used.
Workshops include discussion of finishing, but time is generally not included for application. Finishing – or for the piece to remain unfinished – can often be an extended conversation. Many oil, wax and water-based finishes can also be applied at home after further consideration of use, testing and finish preferences.
All tools, safety equipment and materials are provided for workshop classes. Participants are only required to dress properly for a woodshop environment. Good shoes, fitted clothing, etc. Pencil and paper are provided. Participants are responsible for having completed registration and emergency contact forms in advance of the class.
Objects that are in production over the course of two or more time periods can be left in a designated area between sessions.
The Sawkill workshop is limited primarily to tools and equipment needed for the current classes. There is also a de-nailing station with tools and material for those that would like to experience and practice the task of extracting nails – both exposed and embedded deep within the woods. A list of all shop tools and equipment is included in the following link.
If a workshop needs to be cancelled or re-scheduled, you can email us at least one prior day before the class to be fully refunded. Any re-scheduling can be done through the online system. We can not provide refunds within a shorter time period. A class may be cancelled, in the event that it does not receive sufficient participants. Individuals will be notified at least a day in advance, for refund or change to another workshop.
There is some flexibility in modifying or customizing the size and design of pieces for each class project. But time limits do not generally allow for extensive changes. Class details will indicate allowable modification. Most classes allow for the choice of two or more woods.

The minimum age is 18 yrs old to register for a class. Although young kids can complete woodworking projects with many hand tools, the equipment and power tools require height and strength to operate.
If a workshop needs to be cancelled or re-scheduled, you can email us at least one prior day before the class to be fully refunded. Any re-scheduling can be done through the online system. We can not provide refunds within a shorter time period. A class may be cancelled, in the event that it does not receive sufficient participants. Individuals will be notified at least a day in advance, for refund or change to another workshop.

Classes are limited from 3-8 people, depending on the project size and complexity. Check description details for individual classes. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
A waitlist is available for each class online for classes that are filled and individuals will be notified on upcoming openings.

Payment can be made online with credit card, Paypal, checks or Venmo at least one day prior to class.
If a workshop needs to be cancelled or re-scheduled, you can email us at least one prior day before the class to be fully refunded. Any re-scheduling can be done through the online system. We can not provide refunds within a shorter time period. A class may be cancelled, in the event that it does not receive sufficient participants. Individuals will be notified at least a day in advance, for refund or change to another workshop.

Sawkill is located in the Crown Heights neighbourhood of Brooklyn, just off Atlantic Avenue. Accessible by many forms of transportation. The closest subway is the A/C trains at Utica Ave. – approximately 8 minute walk to our location at 65 Troy Ave. Parking is generally available at the location or within a half block.
Safety is the first concern in any woodshop environment, and a primary component of each workshop. A range of factors can impact the ability to work safely with both power and hand tools. In addition to standard precautions in knowledge and experience with the equipment, out state-of-mind is critical. Alert and responsible woodworking can be affected by excessive stress, sleep deprivation and of course drug and alcohol use. Sawkill Lumber reserves the right to remove participants that pose safety concerns without refund.
We plan to offer workshop certification for use of the woodshop tools and equipment during open hours. Participants are required to demonstrate safe use and operation of table saw, planer, jointer, miter saw and a number of other smaller power tools. Space rental requires advanced reservation.

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