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Studio Woodworking is a full-time (38 week) program offered at Okanagan College in Kelowna British Columbia, Canada.

STUDIO WOODWORKING

- Training Woodworkers and Craftsmen -

Studio Woodworking is a foundation program that teaches woodworkers essential skills and techniques that are specifically directed toward fine woodworking and craftsmanship.
Studio Woodworking immerses students in an intense 

hands-on environment. We train people to be professional woodworkers.

 

Who:
The Program is under the direction of the Construction Trades Department @ Okanagan College.
Studio Woodworking was developed and is instructed by Tim Diebert. 
Tim has worked as a full time woodworker since 1980 and has been at Okanagan College since 2008. Tim has enjoyed a wide range of woodworking challenges over his time in the trade. Examples of this range are boat building, furniture making, movie sets, and stringed instrument making.
A small portfolio of some of Tim's instrument making can be seen here.

 

Where: 
Our studio is located at the KLO Campus of Okanagan College, two blocks from Okanagan Lake in beautiful Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. 
1000 KLO Road. 

 

How Long?

Studio Woodworking is full-time.
The program is 9 1/2 months (38 weeks) long.

When?

The Studio Woodworking Program always starts the first working day after the Labor Day long weekend in September. We are done around the first week of June. 

Schedule:

The  program is on a four day week.  Monday to Thursday.
*The hours are (currently) 7:30 am to 3 pm.

Previous Experience?

Previous woodworking experience is not required.
People of all skill levels will benefit from this program.

What will you be doing?

We focus on the tech and the techniques needed to effectively organize and build quality items out of wood and other materials.
See a list of topics covered during the program

Why take the Studio Woodworking Program?

Upon successful completion of this program you will have core skills that will enable you to seek employment in any of the many facets of the woodworking industry. You may also be inspired to one day create your own business, studio, or shop.

This program can provide an opportunity for someone already employed in the trade to expand their range of  knowledge and skill in finer woodworking.

Whatever category you might fall into, this program will provide a fantastic launching point towards a rewarding life of Making.

Creation, precision, craftsmanship, and satisfaction.

Credits: 

Upon successful completion of this program you will have an ITA  (Industrial Training Authority) recognized BC Cabinetmaking Level 1 credential that can be applied to a BC Cabinetmaking Apprenticeship. 
A graduate of the Studio Woodworking Program will also receive a Certificate  from Okanagan College. 


The Studio Woodworking Program is a hands on environment. Although there is a good deal of class time and theory, you will spend the bulk of your time in the shop building a wide range of challenging projects. You will be provided with all the necessary tools and equipment as well as your own workbench. If you have your own layout and/or hand tools we encourage you to bring them with you. Each student has a secure tool chest and locker to keep personal items and books.

This program is demanding because of the amount of material being covered, but it will be presented at a natural pace, in a natural and sequential order. There is time enough for each student to absorb the concepts, skills and feel of this wonderful trade. 
If you have a passion for woodworking, this is the place for you.

Read what past students have had to say about STWW.

 

How Long?

Studio Woodworking is full-time.
The program is 9 1/2 months (38 weeks) long.

When?

The Studio Woodworking Program always starts the first working day after the Labor Day long weekend in September. We are done around the first week of June. 

Schedule:

The  program is on a modified work week.  Monday to Thursday.
*The hours are (currently) 7:30 am to 3 pm.

Previous Experience?

Previous woodworking experience is not required.
People of all skill levels will benefit from this program.

What will you be doing?

We focus on the tech and the techniques needed to effectively organize and build quality items out of wood and other materials.
See a list of topics covered during the program

Why take the Studio Woodworking Program?

Upon successful completion of this program you will have core skills that will enable you to seek employment in any of the many facets of the woodworking industry. You may also be inspired to one day create your own business, studio, or shop.

This program can provide an opportunity for someone already employed in the trade to expand their range of  knowledge and skill in finer woodworking.

Whatever category you might fall into, this program will provide a fantastic launching point towards a rewarding life of making.

Creation, precision, craftsmanship, and satisfaction.

Credits: 

Upon successful completion of this program you will have an ITA  (Industrial Training Authority) recognized BC Cabinetmaking Level 1 credential that can be applied to a BC Cabinetmaking Apprenticeship. 
A graduate of the Studio Woodworking Program will also receive a certificate  from Okanagan College. 


The Studio Woodworking Program is a hands on environment. Although there is a good deal of class time and theory, you will spend the bulk of your time in the shop building a wide range of challenging projects. You will be provided with all the necessary tools and equipment as well as your own workbench. If you have your own layout and/or hand tools we encourage you to bring them with you. Each student has a secure tool chest and locker to keep personal items and books.

This program is demanding because of the amount of material being covered, but it will be presented at a natural pace, in a natural and sequential order. There is time enough for each student to absorb the concepts, skills and feel of this wonderful trade. 
If you have a passion for woodworking, this is the place for you.

Read what past students have had to say about Studio Woodworking.

 

STUDENT QUOTES

 

"Although Studio Woodworking can feel challenging at times, the knowledge I have gained has been very rewarding. As the months passed I started to notice my confidence increasing and my imagination blossoming. I believe Tim shares a lot of tips and tricks that I would never have learned on my own. This course was well worth it."

 

 

"Students are introduced to a breadth of fine woodworking topics with a series of carefully selected exercises. Each exercise teaches techniques that have been refined through decades of experience, and that is an invaluable benefit to an aspiring woodworker."

"The class is conducted organically so that the curriculum guides the overall progression and yet there is room for opportunistic learning. Students have substantial opportunity to receive impromptu instruction on topics that arise naturally during their work."

"every day held new enlightenment"

"Students are taught safe, correct procedures and then permitted the freedom work as if in a professional environment, but with support close at hand. As a result, students leave the program better prepared to deal with the gamut of challenges that may be encountered in their own shops."

"It is a credit to OC for having the vision to establish this type of non-mainstream program and give it the resources to ensure a very high quality of instruction" 

"Fine craftsmanship is emphasized with consideration given to economy, ecology, and efficiency."

"This is the best college course I have taken.  The instructor, Tim Diebert, is a master craftsmen and teacher.  It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to learn from him.  The learning environment is top notch; the facilities have all the hand tools, power tools, and machines one could dream of.  I feel lucky to have a course of such a high calibre offered through Okanagan College."

 
 

TUITION

(38-week program)

$5,393.64

ANCILLARY FEES / College

$747.22

ANCILLARY FEES/
Student Association

$499

​These are all the costs.

~The learning materials are provided for you by the program.

~All hand and power tools are provided by the program.

​The list below is optional.
Some students will want the convenience of owning some of their own edge tools and sharpening stones.

Here is a small list of recommended edge tools:


1.
A set of  BENCH CHISELS of decent quality. 
    
    Example:
    From Lee Valley:

 

Bevel edged chisel set of 7 pieces 1/4" to 1 1/2" wide
part #44S01.21

$106.00 (without the box)

-or with the wooden box:

part#  44S01.23

$126.00
 

or better ....
Set of 6 Firmer Chisels by Hirsch 1/4" to 1"

part #55J01.60

$148.00

2.

We provide you with a high-quality JACK PLANE, but having your own iron (blade) for this plane is a lot more convenient for you, but not a requirement.

Lee Valley,
part # 05P34.73
$49.50.  
This is the PMV11 version of this blade and very good quality.

3.

We provide you with a high-quality SHARPENING STONES but again, having your own water stone set is a lot more convenient for you, but not a requirement.
We recommend these two stones: 

Lee Valley:
800x Water Stone
part # 60M01.01
$28.50 

 

8000x Gold Water Stone
part # 60M10.01
$59.50

Additional

All of your materials for the projects are supplied within your Fees mentioned above.
Some students like to experience using upgraded or slightly more exotic materials, we have a selection of hardwoods available for students to purchase at the colleges' cost.

 

HEALTH and DENTAL:


 

$251.40

TUITION and FEES from the College


 

$6,542.40

Total Tuition and Fees


There is an additional building materials fee from the Construction Trades Department of $200.  To be paid during the program.
 

$6,742.50

 

There are hundreds of additional secondary topics that will come up, but this is a list of the major 'testable' topics.

SAFETY

Safe use of all common woodworking machines and portable power tools.

ORGANIZATION & AutoCAD

All the stages of layout and organization. This includes AutoCAD basics.

HAND & EDGE TOOLS

The effective use and understanding of all hand tools and edge tools.

TECHNIQUES 

Sharpening, assembly, woodworking glues

WOOD IDENTIFICATION

The identification and characteristics of solid woods, sheet goods, and veneers.

UNDERSTANDING

Understanding wood movement.

JOINERY

Joints and joinery techniques, both by hand and machine.

FRAMES & PANELS

Frame and panel construction.

FINISHING

Understand and apply several types of quality finishes.

VENEERING

How to select, join, press, and finish veneered panels both flat and curved.

VACUUM PRESSING and FORMING 

Vacuum bag techniques. Form building and design.

MARQUETRY, PARQUETRY, and INLAY

Decorative techniques. 

 
 

Tim Diebert
Phone: 1 250-762-5445  ext: 4423

Email:  tdiebert@okanagan.bc.ca

1000 KLO Road
Kelowna B.C. Canada
V1Y4X6

Mon - Fri: 7am - 10pm
​​Saturday: 8am - 10pm
​Sunday: 8am - 11pm