Expired Woodworking Class: Make your own Dovetailed Garden Trug and Seat

Event Phone: 207-625-3396

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  • Registration - Day 1
     October 17, 2023
     9:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Registration - Day 2
     October 24, 2023
     9:30 am - 4:00 pm
  • Registration - Day 3
     October 31, 2023
     9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Woodworking Class: Make your own Dovetailed Garden Trug and Seat

This is a terrific project the whole way through! For anyone who has a desire to learn (or practice) making hand-cut dovetails, this is a great project with a tremendous result. This handsome, sturdy garden trug — or laundry basket, tool carry-all or general-use tote — also has the ability to be turned over and be used as a seat, short table, or one-big-step-up-stool. This is the kind of fun, customizable project that highlights the versatility of wood and its many, many possibilities.

Participants will start by making a few practice dovetails, then move to marking and cutting the dovetails for the finished piece. After the piece is assembled, we’ll cut out the handles, fasten the hardwood slat sides, do some sanding, and make some recommendations for finishing the piece.

The top and sides of the trug-seat are made of home-grown Tear Cap pine and local beech for the hardwood slat sides.

Rusty beginner level and up recommended. Absolute beginners may need more time to complete their trug-seat. Participants should be prepared for a day of moderate exertion.

Class Duration, Description and Cost:

Class time is over three consecutive Tuesdays: October 17th, 24th and 31st
9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., each day (with 1/2 hour break for lunch)
Additional shop time is available on Wednesdays and Thursdays 9 – 4 at no additional cost for participants for any needed catch-up time
Instructors: Henry Banks and Eve Abreu
Tuition and materials: $320
Class limit: 4 participants
We need at least 2 participants to continue with the class
Ages: 18+ to register
All tools, supplies, and materials will be provided for the class

We’ll meet at Tear Cap Workshops in the Community Woodworking Shop.

We are asking all participants to be vaccinated for covid-19 if they would like to attend this workshop. We may also still be wearing masks, depending on state guidelines.

Please bring your own bag lunch! (We have a refrigerator and microwave available if needed!)

About the Instructors:

Henry Banks:

Henry originally moved to Bridgton, Maine in 1978 to answer a help-wanted ad for a cabinetmaker position. Ever since, Henry has been a carpenter, cabinet maker and general contractor, based in Denmark, Maine for the last 35 years. He founded the H.B. Wood Company, Inc in 1983 and has been the principle ever since. In addition to building custom homes, cabinetry and furniture, he has also trained, encouraged and mentored a large number of apprentices, many of whom later went on to build their own homes. Although formally a carpenter, Henry has also been a teacher and active community member, involved in the founding of three other non-profit organizations in the area. Henry is a co-founder of Tear Cap Workshops.

Eve Abreu:

Eve is a wood artisan who is fulfilling her dream of working creatively. Drawn to nature, and wood in all its forms, from twigs to aged wood, Eve also uses found objects to create folk art and country style furniture. By adding a dose of whimsy, Eve’s work creates unusual objects that call out to the viewer, asking us to think differently and appreciate our natural surroundings. Eve has also dabbled in furniture restoration, which involves learning about the history of a piece and the puzzle of taking it apart and putting it back together so it can be enjoyed for future generations. Eve also serves on Tear Cap Workshops’ Board of Directors.


Venue Phone: 207 625 3396

Venue Website:

22 Hampshire St, Hiram, Maine, 04041, United States