In The Grain Workshop is a fine furniture school. We teach a hybrid style of woodworking where the initial rough work is done via machines
and the refinement of our pieces are completed with hand tools.
In The Grain Workshop is a fine furniture school and workshop. We teach a hybrid style of woodworking where rough work is done by our ship machines and the refined process is completed with hand tools. It is a practical approach to woodworking taking advantage of time tested methods with new techniques and materials.
When bench space is not taken up by students, woodworkers can rent bench space in a well equipped shop. This includes well maintained power tools and maple slab benches complete with front and end vises.
Taking advantage of power tools we work a hybrid style of woodworking. It is a practical way of creating fine works in wood. Understanding that machines cannot always do the refined work we want to achieve, we treat them like shop apprentices and give them the grunt, rough work to bring our material close to what we need.
Our hand tools take over from there and we create tight joints, smooth surfaces and edges that beg the hand to touch. If we take our time, select the proper materials, plan our steps and approach the projects carefully and methodically, we will enjoy the journey and end up with works in wood that are a pleasure to look at and will last generations.
Our instructor Steven Der-Garabedian, is a graduate of Rosewood Studio, a multiple seminar presenter and contributing author with Canadian Woodworking and Home Improvement Magazine. With over 20 years of woodworking experience, he has taught at woodworking clubs, colleges and also one on one wth private students as well as designed and made furniture for clients.
Vanessa Jackson is a Toronto based designer, artist and maker. A graduate of Humber College cabinetmaking program and Sheridan University furniture craft and design program, she is now and instructor at OCAD University. Alongside with teaching Vanessa runs her own studio practice in wood and metal working, where she builds and designs one-of commissioned pieces. Vanessa also exhibits as a craft artist.
Guest instructor Dan Murphy attended Rosewood Studio and is an employee of Lee Valley Tools. He’s been fascinated with traditional woodworking for over two decades and loves to help others discover the joys of working wood with hand tools.
As a resident of a high-rise city apartment complex, Dan has a personal interest in helping people set up functional and enjoyable shops in even the smallest of spaces.
If you have any questions regarding the school please call or email us.
“I have had the pleasure of attending many of Steve Der-Garabedian’s woodworking seminars over the past few years including: veneering, making a bow saw, making a wooden plane, making a portable work bench. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of these workshops. Steven is a very patient and knowledgeable instructor offering a lot of practical woodworking tips and general information. His demonstrated techniques, tool use and methods of work are easily picked up and valued by the novice or the more experienced woodworker as he provides step by step guidance and written notes on various projects.
I would recommend his seminars without reservation.”
“I’m grateful for the knowledge, experience, and wisdom you share with your students.
You are truly a master craftsman, and personify the best of what the term teacher means!”
“ You teach in a way that shows you know what you’re doing, and by sharing practical, tested insights (the Carpenter’s Triangle, for instance)you’re giving those of us who are hungry to learn the bigger picture we need to do our best work. ”