Big Ideas, Inc. Carpentry: Level 0 Introductory Orientation and Safety Class
“Level 0” because no prior knowledge or experience necessary!! Safety and tool recognition are essential to success in carpentry. Participants ages 13 – 113 interested in upcoming carpentry classes must first pass our safety test to ensure competency and awareness in the wood shop. This safety test will be issued at the end of class and must be passed at 100% before any student can enroll in higher level carpentry classes.
See right side of this page for study materials.
Register early as a max of 15 students can test at each Orientation.
Big Ideas, Inc. Carpentry: Level 1
Upon successful completion of our Level 0 Orientation and Safety class, participants enter Carpentry Level 1. Through construction of a 2’ x 2’ outdoor planter or similar project, this class reinforces concepts taught in Level 0: safety rules, proper use of most power machines, and proper use of power hand tools. Students will also gain understanding of the proper selection and use of fasteners for different woods and materials. Identification of the stains and finishes for both interior and exterior projects will also be taught. Students will have a completed project to take home at the end of this class.
Fee: $40 Class price includes instructor fee and materials
Big Ideas, Inc. Carpentry: Level 2
Upon successful completion of Level 1 carpentry or with instructor permission, students will engage in more difficult projects such as a bench or chair. Safety rules and concerns will be reinforced, all power tools will be utilized, and a more complex project will be completed. Students will take project home at the end of this class.
Fee: $80 Class price includes instructor fee and materials
Big Ideas, Inc. Carpentry: Level 3 and higher
Carpentry class projects are designed to continue to reinforce safe practices & increase skillset. Projects such as park shelters, information kiosks, & a tiny house for homeless housing are being considered and donated to the community. Students who wish to complete a project for personal use may do so by paying additional materials fee.
Fee: $120 Class price includes instructor fee
To register online for Carpentry Classes, click here.
- Contact BigIdeas@BigIdeasUSA.org or call 1.866.992.4443 for more information.
- For safety of all participants, doors are locked at 6:35. No late admittance.
- Participants must be 13 or older; No minimum class size!
- Scholarships are available.
Carpentry classes are taught at the New Ulm High School, 1600 Oak Street, New Ulm, MN in the Wood Shop. Please enter through Door #10 on the side of the building. Scholarship forms available on request.