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Rockler gets ‘hands-on’ with new woodworkers

April was National Woodworking Month, according to Rockler, which celebrated with a series of hands-on project kits and classes to teach basic skills. Projects included an ice cream scoop with a turned handle, a wood-handled knife, a floating wall shelf and a decorative keepsake box.

A keepsake box made in Rockler’s “Make-and-Take” class offered in recognition of National Woodworking Month in April.

“National Woodworking Month is a good opportunity for us to share our love for woodworking with people who haven’t tried it before,” Rockler vice president of marketing Scott Ekman says

Knife kit project.

“We encouraged our woodworking customers to help by inviting someone in their community to try woodworking, whether that’s a family member, a friend or even a neighborhood youth group. We believe anyone can learn woodworking and enjoy the pride of building something with their own hands.”

Throughout April, all Rockler stores offered the “make-and-take” classes; instructions, overview videos and materials were also available online. Classes were $25 each, plus materials, and they were limited to three to six students, so a lot of one-on-one help was available.

Each class focused on a single project that participants took home with them.

Floating wall shelf project.

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This article originally appeared in the May 2016 issue.

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