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Woodcraft Workshop: DIY Reclaimed Birdhouse

at The Morton Arboretum - Lisle

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Lisle, Suburbs
4100 Illinois Rte 53
At Ginkgo Wy
Lisle, Illinois 60532
Fee includes admission to the Arboretum
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Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 16 and older
Average Class Size: 12
Teacher: Carrie Rasor

What you'll learn in this woodworking class:

Make an attractive, one-of-a-kind bird house using mid-century lumber reclaimed from Chicago buildings. In this hands-on workshop, you will:
  • Learn how materials are reclaimed from demolition sites and the positive impact that sustainable demolition has on our resources and environment.
  • Understand which species of woods are best for woodworking, and learn basic woodworking terms and techniques.
  • Under the guidance of a skilled instructor, you’ll measure and cut wood to size and assemble the pieces to create a one-of-a-kind birdhouse that will accommodate local bird species such as house wrens, downy woodpeckers, and white-breasted nuthatches.
This workshop is held in partnership with Chicago’s Rebuilding Exchange, a nonprofit that diverts materials from landfills and makes them accessible for reuse. Learn more at www.rebuildingexchange.org.

Bring a little piece of historic Chicago home, and give new life to old materials. A perfect gift for Father’s Day!
School Notes: The registrars office is the one who confirms registrations ([email protected]). They respond to emails Monday through Friday between 8:30 and 4pm. If a student registers through Coursehorse on Friday evening for a Saturday class, we will not have a way to confirm them.

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Refund Policy
Refund requests must be submitted to the registrar by email ([email protected]) or by phone (630-719-2468) one full business day prior to the program start date. If the registration fee is $25.00 or more, the registration fee will be refunded less a 10 percent processing charge. If the registration fee is less than $25.00, the registration fee will be refunded in full. Fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable within 24 hours the program’s start date. The Morton Arboretum cannot refund fees requested on or after the start date of a program or for sessions missed due to student illness or other personal situations. Students will be issued a full refund in the event that The Morton Arboretum cancels a class for any reason.


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Reviews of Classes at The Morton Arboretum (4)

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Woodcraft Workshop: DIY Reclaimed Birdhouse
Reviewed by Vicky K. on 6/16/2019
Good instructor - very knowledgeable and helpful as were all the other helpers. Class was totally hands-on, even with the power tools, which was nice. Helpers were there at all times for those that needed help or guidance, so it was comfortable for all levels of experience. There was a good choice of weathered wood to choose from. A nice feature was that the back of each plank had been planed to show fresh wood, giving participants a choice of using either the weathered side, or the "new" side. Extra bits of wood were provided for those who wanted to add additional features to their birdhouse. The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is because there could have been a little more instruction and a better ratio of tools to participants. A sheet of basic instructions, including measurements of the birdhouses would have been helpful. I realize it's a lot of work to haul power tools and wood to an event, but 2 saws and 3 nail guns for 15 people meant for a lot of waiting around. All in all, We came home with birdhouses that we're quite happy with and would recommend the class to others, especially if they'd like a fully hands-on class and the chance to use power tools.
Woodcraft Workshop: DIY Reclaimed Birdhouse
Reviewed by Jim K. on 6/22/2019

School: The Morton Arboretum

The Morton Arboretum

When Joy Morton established The Morton Arboretum in 1922, he envisioned a “great outdoor museum” of trees. Today, our living collections inspire visitors to appreciate, learn about, plant, and protect trees. The Arboretum champions the world's trees through plant collections, science and conservation,...

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