Woodworking at Enchanted Hills Camp

Classes cover a variety of skills including; wood turning, hand tool, introduction to power tools. We’ll learn how to measure accurately without sight, using click rules, gauge blocks, Vernier calipers and talking tape measures. We’ll talk about wood types and construction techniques and learn when to glue, when to nail and when to use screws. These classes will conclude knowing how to complete your handcrafted work to a professional finish.
 
 
To sign up for this special workshop, contact Camp Director Tony Fletcher at tfletcher@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7319 for an application or with any questions.

George Wurtzel showing two students how to use a table saw
 The barn at Enchanted Hills Camp is in the process of renovation.  We emptied out of years of stored "Stuff" and poured a cement floor.  Upstairs we put in oak flooring and filled it with woodworking machinery.  The  DeLong-Sweet  Tactile Arts Center remodeling was begun in late February and should be ready for many classes by spring 2016.  

The barn at Enchanted Hills Camp is in the process of renovation.  We emptied out of years of stored "Stuff" and poured a cement floor.  Upstairs we put in oak flooring and filled it with woodworking machinery.  The DeLong-Sweet Tactile Arts Center remodeling was begun in late February and should be ready for many classes by spring 2016.  

George removing an old window frame before fitting a new window.jpg

I was hired by Lighthouse for the Blind in San Francisco and given my first project which was to renovate an old barn at Enchanted Hills Camp in Napa, CA into the DeLong-Sweet Tactile Arts Centre.  The top floor, a 2000 square foot woodworking shop with hand and power tools and other machinery is where most of our classes start,offfering specialised workshops in all phases of woodworking and turning.

I have been turning the dilapidated Upper Barn, once used mainly as storage, into a tactile craftsman workshop. The work is partially funded by a grant from the DeLong Sweet Family Foundation. In the workshop spaces campers will learn woodworking, pottery, ceramics, leather-work, sculpture, and any other craftsman hobbies we can fit in this lovely space. People, even people who are blind, often mistakenly think the blind cannot use table saws, nail guns, welding torches and so forth because it's too "dangerous". With the right training, blind craftsman and women can safely construct anything they put their minds to.