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Enjoy a festival, join a fun run, tour an interpretive site, or just make your own celebration with a family picnic or camping trip. Choose from dozens of activities and events throughout the year. You can submit your state park event via email to get it placed on the calendar. The Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to Washington state parks and state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit the Discover Pass website.

Fort Worden State Park

  1. "Please Be Seated" Chair Making

    August 12, 2019, 9:00 AM - August 23, 2019, 5:00 PM

    Students will design and produce seating from their own inspiration. Possible projects range from a small stool or bench to developing a chair prototype while learning about the joy and complexities of seating design. We will review the attributes of wood and how its properties relate to chair structure and fabrication. Discussions will include techniques of joinery, ergonometrics of seating, as well as the sculptural considerations of designing furniture viewed completely “in the round.”

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  2. Learn to Paint Using Acrylics with Julie Read

    August 14, 2019, 10:00 AM - September 18, 2019, 1:00 PM

    Learn to paint using acrylics in this 6-week course. Students will explore a range of acrylic painting techniques to create soft images inspired by nature, and also bold, bright, wild creations that acrylics are known for. Each assignment will guide students step-by-step through planning for a painting, preparing surfaces for paint, and finishing a completed painting.

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  3. Hand Tool Heaven: Joinery with Saws & Chisels

    August 19, 2019, 9:00 AM - August 23, 2019, 5:00 PM

    In this class, you will learn a boatload of tips, tricks and core techniques that will convince you that hand tools, once properly setup, sharpened and handled, are not difficult to master or tedious to use, and are anything but obsolete. You will discover the pleasure of working wood with tools that don’t make noise or dust, and therefore don’t require protection from them.

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  4. Coopering

    August 24, 2019, 9:00 AM - August 25, 2019, 5:00 PM

    In this two-day class you'll make a bucket from Douglas Fir or from other old growth wood salvaged from old buildings or some other high quality softwood.

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  5. Precision with Hand Tools

    August 26, 2019, 9:00 AM - August 30, 2019, 5:00 PM

    Hand tools open up new vistas of efficiency, accuracy, and enjoyment for every woodworker, even those with modest skills. This is a class to ramp up your hand tool skills — smoothing surfaces, jointing edges, fitting joints, working to a pattern, cutting beads and a whole lot more. We’ll link those tasks to building a fun little table with lots of design possibilities. You will use machines lightly where they work best, bandsawing legs and cutting mating mortises and tenons. But otherwise you will work by hand through a range of typical tasks in which hand tools do best: flattening, truing, shaping, and smoothing surfaces to a polish. We will talk about ways to integrate hand tools in your process, sharpening, tuning, and lots about design and detail. You will be building a small side table as it is an ideal project to hone some skills and try out some new design ideas.

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  6. Decorative Details

    August 31, 2019, 9:00 AM - September 1, 2019, 5:00 PM

    Fine Woodworking contributing editor Garrett Hack shows you how to create both subtle and bold details, that will pop your furniture using hand tools. You’ll learn how to do the stringing, banding and inlay details that grace Garrett’s Federal-style furniture.

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State Park Free Days

  1. State Parks Discover Pass Free Day

    August 25, 2019, All Day

    To celebrate the National Park Service's 103rd birthday, today is a State Parks "free day" when a Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park. Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities). A Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington state departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife on these days.

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