Ballard Woodworks is a woodworking school and professional cooperative located in Ballard. The school offers classes, workshops, and independent studio time in furniture making. We have a fully equipped machine room with a separate bench room for hand work. Classes are typically 3 to 6 persons.

Summer 2017



To regerster for classes, send a check to Ballard Woodworks. Upon receiving your payment I will sign you up.


Introduction To Woodworking
Instructors: Stan Hiserman and Scott Anderson
Session 1: Monday, June 5th - July 17th, 6 - 9 pm
Session 2: Thursday, June 8th - July 20th, 6 - 9 pm
Finishing Class: Sunday, July 16th, 10 am - 1 pm

Skipping the week of July 3rd

This is the course designed for people with no prior woodworking experience. Through discussion and hands on experience you will learn about the steps necessary to begin with a rough piece of wood and finish with a small table of your own design. The class will meet for six weekly sessions with a seventh class on a Sunday to discuss the many options for finishing your project. Scott Anderson, a professional finisher with many years of experience, will teach this Sunday class.
Cost: $425

Independent Studio
Various Instructors
Weekday Evenings from 6 until 9

The curriculum for these classes is wide open. The instructor will judge what can or can’t be done, but come with your dream project and see where it will take you! This class meets once a week for 5 weeks from 6 until 9. The weeks do not have to be consecutive. If anyone’s schedule prohibits meeting a certain week then the class is postpone until the next week.
Cost $400




Here are a few companies and organizations that share our sense of community and craft. Let me know if there are others that would be interested in being listed.

The Pratt School

Port Townsend School of Woodworking

Darrell Peart

Sound Guitar Workshop

Laura Yeats

Len Cullum

Thomas Lee
Tom has a BS in Architectural Design from Washington University and he is a graduate of the Furniture and Cabinetmaking Program at the North Bennett Street School in Boston. He has worked professionally for 20 years as a furniture maker. He has extensive training in hand tools and traditional furniture making, and makes furniture in styles ranging from antique reproductions to contemporary designs. To see some of Tom's work, click here.
Stan Hiserman
Stan got his training in the late '60's at a 2-person custom cabinet and furniture making shop in Seattle. Having operated his own one-person custom cabinet and furniture shop in Seattle since 1974, he also enjoys the furniture restoration part of the business and teaching others the skills he has learned over the years. To see some of Stan's work go to his website at:
Art Lockwood
Art, designer/craftsman, has run a custom cabinetry and furniture business for more than 10 years. His furniture, with roots in Japanese and Scandinavian design, balances creative combinations of wood and metal. His background includes boat building and traditional stair building. Art's commercial pieces can be seen at the Seattle Art Museum, The Art Wolf Gallery at REI, and Bellevue's Northwest Gallery of Fine Woodworking. To check out Art's work, click here.  
  Gudrun Onkels
Gudrun Onkels learned the skill of furniture making in Germany, at the master shop of a fine furniture maker, starting in 1986. Upon her graduation, she was honored as one of the three best students of the city, and her piece was exhibited in the old Aachen "Rathaushalle". After working in a co-op in southern Germany, building interior projects, she started her journeyship as a craftswoman, a tradition that is rooted in the guild's beginnings of the 1500's.. She travelled as far as Siberia (1994) where she stayed for 7 month working with carpenters on the restoration of an old wooden church, building furniture and carving a wooden sculpture for a local school in Irkutsk. After her 5 years of travelling in this traditional way, she decided to come to Seattle. She has worked independently in Seattle since 2000.    
  Steve Skoniecnzy
Steve moved to Seattle in 1992 after receiving his undergraduate degree in Architecture. Over the years he has, among other things, built production furniture and cabinetry for a local contractor. In 1999 he studied with James Krenov at the College of the Redwoods and since his return has been pursuing the craft of fine woodworking. To see a close up of Steve's work, click here.