Jewelry That Grows on Trees
with Julia Harrison

Carving Series Level: Level I


Lightweight, affordable, and naturally beautiful, wood is an ideal material for making jewelry.  This workshop will focus on using simple tools and safe techniques on a wide range of commercial scrap, and found woods.

Students will shape and finish at least one pendant, necklace, or pair of earrings using basic woodworking techniques and readily available tools such as saws, files, burnishers, drills, and sandpaper.  

Demonstrations will also introduce simple but effective findings, durable surface finishes, and advanced decorative techniques including resin inlay, pique, setting stones, and katagami patterning.

Class Description

Day 1
  • Safety
  • Earrings from flat sheet:  cutting, filing, faceting, scraping, burnishing, making and attaching findings, waxing
  • Working with found/natural woods
  • Demos and work time
Day 2
  • Apply decorative treatments to earrings or sample blocks:
  • Paints, stains, seals
  • Carbonizing, woodburning
  • Pique, katagami, and resin inlay
  • Setting cabochons
  • Demos and work time


Essential - Please be sure to bring the following: 
  • Safety glasses, dust mask, ear protection
  • Sketch book, mechanical pencil

We recommended that you also bring:
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  • Bench pin
  • Saw frame
  • X-acto knife with blades or scalpel with blades (bring at least 3 blades Julia recommends scalpels)
  • Jewelers sawblades: 12/student, #4, buy 12 packs of one dozen each, 
  • Any appealing wood or small wooden objects
  • Brass or steel wire brush
  • Cabochon stones
  • Wire (20, 21, or 22 ga sterling for earwires, assorted sterling and fine silver wire for decoration)
  • Pigments (watercolor, old makeup, etc)


This is a class for beginners

Class Information and Registration

Class starts at 9:00am on the first day. Please note, this class takes place in Building 306.

Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the School.

Please also read our Registration Policy.

Class size: 10
Cost: $260
Materials Charge: $25

2014 Class:

When you click on the Register link you will be able to register for the class or, if the class is full, sign up for the wait list.

November 8 - 9, 2014 Jewlery That Grows on Trees Register

If you'd like to ask questions - please feel free to contact  us - (360) 344-4455 or by email.

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