Build basic woodworking skills with hand tools through project-based workshops led by expert woodworking instructors at the museum. Leave with new knowledge and skills about basic woodworking alongside your finished project! Small class sizes allow for a collaborative and relaxed learning environment. 

View the calendar below for a complete list of our upcoming workshops.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I register for a workshop?

1. Visit CityofKingston.ca/PLAY to create your PLAY account. Creating an account is simple and free. 
2. Register online for each workshop you want to take. Registration can also be done in person at the INVISTA Centre, Rideau Heights Community Centre and Artillery Park Aquatic Centre.

The workshop I want to register for is sold out.  Is there a waiting list?

There is a waiting list! You can register for the waiting list through the normal registration page and someone from our team will contact you if a spot opens up before the start of the workshop. We would also encourage you to sign up for our email newsletters to receive updates on our workshop and events each season!

When are where to arrive?

Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes before the workshop to settle in and be ready to go! You can head straight to our main building (to the right of the parking lot) where the Workshop is located. We'll check you in when you arrive. Parking at the museum is free.

How long are workshops?

Workshop times range depending on the project. A one-day adult workshop typically runs from 10:30am - 4:30pm with a 1-hour lunch break. Carpentry Camps for children are 2-3 hours long. Check the listing for each specific workshop for exact times.

Do I need any previous woodworking experience?

No, you do not! Our workshops are introductory in nature with instructors who are happy to answer any questions as they guide you through our projects. We want to support you in learning new skills in our Workshop.

Do I need to bring my own tools, lumber or other safety equipment?

No, we will provide you with everything you will need on the day of your workshop! For some tools, we will have one for each participant and for others, we take turns using them. Please wear closed-toed shoes with a flat heel, tie long hair back and avoid any dangling jewelry or baggy clothing when attending the workshop. If you require any accommodations, please email us at education@cityofkingston.ca so we can explore safety considerations and program adaptations as needed with you in advance. 

Can I take my finished piece home?

Absolutely! We want you to be proud of the piece you make and for you to take it home to show off to all your friends and family!

What other workshops will you run in the future?

Our workshop calendar is changing all the time as we're always working to bring you exciting new hands-on projects. Sign up for our email newsletter here to keep up to date on upcoming workshops and events.

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15 July, 2020 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Have you ever wanted to learn the nautical alphabet? Now’s your chance! You can make lovely blocks to spell your name “nautically”. They will look amazing in any room in the house!

22 July, 2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Everybody loves a secret hiding spot. Now you can make a cute little treasure box to stow away your precious objects.

22 July, 2020 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

You will be delightful at the end result of this adorable little home for your backyard birds. They will love you for it, too!

25 July, 2020 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Design and shape your own wooden sword and shield to protect yourself!  Once finished, become a swordmaster with our guest sword instructor.

29 July, 2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wooden puzzles have been around for a very long time and they are charming. Why not come and enjoy making one of your own? All techniques learned won’t be that puzzling!

29 July, 2020 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Don’t worry this fish will never smell! These funky fish will be created using a variety of discarded items, making them on of a kind!

5 August, 2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Even if you have no fishing experience, you will enjoy making this rod and reel. The beauty is in its simplicity; with an added bonus of 3 fish to go along with it. There, you’ve already ‘caught’ dinner!

5 August, 2020 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This lovely little mechanism dispenses gumballs for a sweet treat after you put it together. You’ll love this super fun project!

8 August, 2020 10:30 am – 4:30 pm

Learn basic woodworking skills while you create a beautiful cherry keepsake box!

12 August, 2020 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wooden puzzles have been around for a very long time and they are charming. Why not come and enjoy making one of your own? All techniques learned won’t be that puzzling!