Specialists lead wood-working, other craft classes at center

Dan Peck, woodworker, completes finishing work with a circular sander for a shadow box at the Consolidated Hobby Complex, Bldg. 1227 in the Kittyhawk area. (U.S. Air Force photo/W. Eugene Barnett)
Dan Peck, woodworker, completes finishing work with a circular sander for a shadow box at the Consolidated Hobby Complex, Bldg. 1227 in the Kittyhawk area. (U.S. Air Force photo/W. Eugene Barnett)

The Consolidated Hobby Complex in the Kittyhawk area of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base provides a variety of classes, including the basic wood-turning class, which is its most popular. This class is offered every other Tuesday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and is taught by wood-turning specialist Chris Barrett.

Barrett teaches students how to use all sizes of wood lathes to do projects such as large, decorative wooden bowls. The students learn on three different machines, using many types of woods.

Other available hobby classes:

Stained Glass

This is a 10-person class that meets on Mondays and Tuesdays. It’s offered as a five-week course where students expand their skills and build on their projects each week. They make things like stepping stones and window panes, and they learn how to cut and grind glass and solder.

Make It Monday

This is a sewing class offered every Monday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is the only class taught by volunteers. The volunteers come from the former Community Activity Center.

Auto Shop

The Auto Shop offers an Auto Class and Basic Car Care for Beginners. The instructor is certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence and offers one-on-one classes. He further personalizes his classes by teaching basic car care using the student’s own car.

The Consolidated Hobby Complex is in Bldg. 1227 in the Kittyhawk area. The Arts and Crafts Shop is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Auto Hobby is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, it’s open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Dan Peck is the Arts and Crafts manager and works full time at the woodshop, along with part-time woodworker Scott Philback, who works with do-it-yourselfers. Anyone who is an active-duty military member, civilian employee or retiree may use the woodshop facilities and tools.

The fee for the woodshop is $5 per hour, but during workdays after 2 p.m., users pay for one hour at $5 and get the second hour free. Work up to four straight hours for $10. Each type of hardwood is priced per board foot, and customers can pay with cash, check or credit card. When checking out at the end of the day, users take their sign-in sheet up front to the main customer service center and pay for their product.

For more information, contact Peck at 937-257-1476 or email him at daniel.peck.1@us.af.mil.

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