Tue 27 Dec, 2011
Tags: Announcement, Courses, SketchUp, Tutorial, Woodworking, Workshops
I teach SketchUp in a number of the local colleges and woodworking schools. If you live in the area, plan to vacation in the area or would like to stay in the area for a class, check out my schedule below. Anyone who wishes to visit the area for a class, or any reason, contact me and I can help you make arrangements at very reasonable rates.
Beginner’s SketchUp Courses
Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA – Wednesday Evenings, 6 – 8pm, Intermodal Center Room 1 beginning January 25,2012. See http://digital.turn-page.com/issue/50000/2 Career Enhancement – Design section on page 34. Contact Linda Pierce at (413) 236-2122.
Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, Manchester, CT – Saturday & Sunday workshop, February 18th & 19th, 2012. Contact Bob Van Dyke at (860) 647-0303. See A Beginners Guide to Using SketchUp in Woodworking below.
Berkshire Community College, Pittsfield, MA – Saturday May 12th & Saturday May 19th, 2012 from 9am to 5pm. See http://digital.turn-page.com/issue/50000/2 Career Enhancement – Design section on page 34. Contact Linda Pierce at (413) 236-2122.
Advanced SketchUp Courses
Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, Manchester, CT – Saturday & Sunday workshop, April 14th & 15th, 2012. Contact Bob Van Dyke at (860) 647-0303. See Google SketchUp for Furniture – Advanced Techniques below.
Other SketchUp Appearances
I will also be giving introductory SketchUp talks at the Northeast Woodworker’s Association’s Saratoga Showcase on March 31st and April 1st, 2012 at Saratoga Springs City Center, Saratoga, NY. This is the best woodworking show I have ever attended and a must for any woodworker within distance.
Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking
Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking is a premier woodworking school dedicated to teaching excellence in craftsmanship. CVSW has a wide range of woodworking courses and many of them are taught by its director, Bob Van Dyke, pictured right. Courses range from woodworking fundamentals to ten week fine furniture projects, wood turning, finishing and focused woodworking skills. In addition to Bob, CVSW provides courses taught by world class woodworkers such as Chris Schwarz, Glenn Huey, Phil Lowe, Mario Rodriguez and many more. Courses range in length from one lecture to weekend, week long and ten weeks. Check out the 2012 course schedule. In the schedule, under Specialty & Weekend Classes you will find yours truly. I will be teaching a beginner’s SketchUp course. I have copied that section below. If you live in the Northeast of the USA, I promise this will be a course that will add significantly to your woodworking skills. I look forward to meeting with you and talking shop and SketchUp.
A Beginners Guide to Using SketchUp in Woodworking
Computer aided designing has become more and more widespread and consequently- a lot simpler than when it started out. Google SketchUp 8 is a free and powerful tool that is being used by woodworkers everywhere. The Pro version is used by professional to model and design everything from bottles to skyscrapers. We will use the free version to model a Bedside Table complete with tapered legs, mortise and tenon joinery, beveled top, dovetailed drawer trimmed with bull nose cock beading and a Shaker style drawer pull. We will begin by learning how to install SketchUp, setup application preferences, choose model defaults and customize a template. Next we will tour the work area and become familiar with its tools. The heart of this course is modeling the Bedside Table and producing dimensioned shop drawings and photorealistic textured images. Finally we will learn how to extend the functionality of SketchUp through the use and customization of Ruby scripts. A laptop computer is helpful for this two day class. Basic computer knowledge is helpful. If you have any questions please contact the school’s director, Bob Van Dyke at (860) 647-0303. Sign up today. Tuition: $255.00 Materials are included
Section 021812B: Saturday & Sunday, February 18 & 19, 9:30 – 5:00pm
Google SketchUp for Furniture – Advanced Techniques
This is an intermediate course in Google SketchUp. The beginner’s course, A Beginners Guide to Using SketchUp in Woodworking, is recommended prior to taking this course. The free version of SketchUp will be used primarily, but the students will be exposed to the Pro version also. The focus of this course is modeling non-linear components; i.e. components with circular and complex shapes. The format of the two day workshop is six sessions, each session a one hour lecture followed by a one hour lab. Students should bring a laptop (notebook) to class with SketchUp 8 already installed.
Session 1 will begin with an arched rail for a clock door, the arch being a simple circular curve. Each session will progress to more complex shapes. Session 5 will focus on modeling cabriole legs using Bezier Spline curves. Each session will include an introduction to new tools – including a few Ruby script extensions to SketchUp – necessary to create these ever increasing complex shapes.
Finally, Session 6 will introduce the Pro version of SketchUp. The instructor will detail the differences in the free and Pro versions and even demonstrate a few of the new tools in SketchUp Pro 8. In addition, the student will be introduced to LayOut 3, a 2D presentation application that comes with the Pro License. Students will be shown how LayOut 3 can be used to create professional looking shop drawings and marketing materials. If you have any questions please contact the school’s director, Bob Van Dyke at (860) 647-0303.
Section 041412B: Saturday & Sunday, April 14 & 15, 9:30am – 5:00pm