Youth: Learn Woodworking Basics with the EDC

Submitted by the San Juan County Economic Development Council

The EDC invites San Juan County youth to learn basic woodworking skills in a class offered in partnership with The Fellow Shop, led by Jean Shearer and Nicholas Coldren. Jean and Nic continue to share their extensive professional experience with the community and youth. They are gifted in instruction and enthusiastic to share their knowledge with our islands.

The EDC partners with community members to introduce youth to a wide variety of skills and career options, inspire them to be curious, and empower them to pursue further training. This entry-level course will focus on safety while introducing hand and power tools and basic woodworking principles. Students will create a cutting board to take home at the end of the workshop.

Details: This 2-day course takes place on Saturday, March 23 and 30 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Fellow Shop on San Juan Island.

A $20.00 registration fee and parent attendance is required.

Deadline: Enrollment is open until 5:00 p.m. on March 15. Participants are encouraged to apply early as space is limited.

This course is open only to San Juan County residents ages 10 to 18 years old who have interest in woodworking and hand crafts.

To register, visit To learn more, contact the EDC at

This course is made possible by the San Juan Island Community Foundation, San Juan County, the BIAW and San Juan Building Association, and other funders of the EDC’s Trades Training Initiative, including the United Way of San Juan County, the Port of Friday Harbor, the Town of Friday Harbor, the Washington State Dept. of Commerce, and other donors. To support EDC trades programs, please visit