Project Based Learning Electives provided by the Berrien Springs Virtual Academy​​

Woodworking/Woodturning with Tom Hurst    Spring 2024

Woodworking with Tom:

  • All students must complete a project for these classes.
  • Colleen and Tom Hurst       
  • ​Email: loonling.lc@gmail.com
  • Mondays 9:30-11:30
  • Ages 6-9 with a parent, or 10+ for independent work.
  • Location:  St Joseph, Lincoln Senior Center,  3271 Lincoln Ave, St. Joseph, MI 
  • Additional registration at location is NOT required.
  • This class will be listed under both ART and VOCATIONAL categories
  • Start date; Jan. 15, 8 weeks

Class will be held in the St. Joseph/ Lincoln Senior Center Woodshop.  The shop is set aside for Homeschool use by Tom on Monday.  All materials are provided. Safety and expectations will be reviewed at the first class.

Woodturning SJ with Tom: The Lathe Class

  • Location:  St Joseph, Lincoln Senior Center,  3271 Lincoln Ave, St. Joseph, MI
  • Ages 10+, under 10 OK with parent present.
  • Class time:   Monday 12:30-3:00 
  • Start Date: January 15,   8 week class
  • This class will be listed under both ART and VOCATIONAL categories
  • Minimum 5, Max 8 per section.   Class may be repeated

OR

Woodturning @AU with Tom: The Lathe Class

  • Location:  Andrews Architecture Building
  • Ages 10+, under 10 OK with parent present.
  • Class time:    Wed. 3:30-5:30
  • Start Date: January 17,   8 week class
  • This class will be listed under both ART and VOCATIONAL categories
  • Minimum 5, Max 8 per section.   Class may be repeated

This is a seriously fun class focused on the art of woodturning,  Lathe work.  It is a kinetic, enjoyable and creative process.  Projects will include turned wooden pens and handled items, small bowls or platters, spatulas, rolling pins, tool handles, mallets, furniture parts, toys and more.   This is our most flexible class.  Students have a great deal of project choice.  Expect to start with simple items and progress to more complex ones.  A very good foundation for art oriented students.

Each student will have their own wood lathe and set of tools.  We will focus on skill building and progress to finished projects.

The Wed. class is open to all partnership students but timed to accommodate Berrien Springs public and private school students. Slight time changes are possible to meet group needs.

These are both large, well equipped modern shops.  

All materials and safety glasses are provided. Shop safety presentation and required paperwork will be processed at the first class. A detailed email will be shared with parents after enrollment and before the first class.

Woodturning with Tom Syllabus


*Please note: it is important to make as informed a decision as possible when choosing your student's Community Resource classes. Most locations will allow a student to drop a class after one meeting, at no charge if it wasn't a good fit for the student, but not all. Some classes plan ahead based on the number that have signed up and have purchased materials, hired teachers, etc. and there might be a fee for class time or materials given to the student if the student drops after one or two meetings. The school cannot pay for classes that students do not complete, so choose wisely; if you do not take the class off of your student's schedule by the deadline, you may be asked to pay for the class time incurred prior to dropping the class.

​Teacher of Record:  Tom Hurst