March 17 - 20  Woodworking Intensive Course

This class will cover wood turning, hand tool work and an 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. We’ll also touch on finishing techniques.
 
Who: Adults 21 and older who are eager to learn woodworking
Where: Enchanted Hills Camp
When: Thursday, March 17 through Sunday, March 20, 2016
Cost: $300.00 plus $40.00 for transportation
Class is limited to six participants, so sign up now.
 
To sign up for this special workshop, contact Camp Director Tony Fletcher attfletcher@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


I have been hired by Lighthouse for the Blind  in San Francisco  My first project was to renovate an old barn at Enchanted Hills Camp in Napa, CA into the DeLong-Sweet Tactile Arts Center.  The top floor will be a 2000 square foot woodworking shop with hand and power tools.

I will be offering classes and specialized workshops in all phases of woodworking and turning.

The lower walkout level will house the pottery studio and leather working and basket weaving classes.

We are making great progress.  We are just waiting for the power company to approve and hook up the new electrical feed so we can plug in tools and light fixtures.

 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. “The beautiful spacious workplace will be named after the 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 craftsmen and women can safely construct anything they put their minds to.”

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.