Essential Carpentry: Power Tools, Joinery, Homebuilding Craft

Date & Time
May 20, 2017 - May 21, 2017
9:30 am - 5:30 pm



Dreaming of constructing a new backyard fence, chicken coop, or tiny house? Skill up with Urban Adamah’s Essential Carpentry course. This course is tailored to both novices and seasoned DIYers, giving you the foundation and tricks of the trade to build your own custom carpentry projects at home. Two experienced building professionals and Bay Area carpentry teachers lead this hands-on weekend intensive course in building finely crafted garden beds from start to finish, completing every step along the way. By the end of the weekend you will walk away with the following building essentials: power tools, joinery, building sequencing, framing, layout technique, materials sourcing, and the confidence and ability to build your own home or garden carpentry or improvement project. Join us for this excellent class in Essential Carpentry. A link to the class schedule can be found here.

Early Bird Registration – $250 (Before May 7th)
Full Class Price – $300

This class has limited space so register today. Lunch and all supplies provided!



Instructors: Matthew Wolpe and Matt Zimbalist

Mathew Wolpe is a current faculty member at Laney College in the carpentry department as well as a Design Specialist at the Jacobs Institute of Design Innovation at UC Berkeley. Matthew’s interest are in community based design/build – ranging from furniture to small structures and tiny houses that combine thoughtful design and craft with social and environmental responsibility. In addition to Laney College, Matthew has taught woodworking at The Crucible in Oakland since 2010. In 2016, Matthew started PRACTICE community design/build studio. Matthew also co-wrote the book ‘Reinventing the Chicken Coop.’ published in 2014 with Storey Press.




Matt Zimbalist serves as the Site Manager at Urban Adamah, where he has worked to develop the new 2.3 acre urban farm and retreat center in Berkeley, CA. Additionally, Matt has had a wide array of experience in agriculture and carpentry. He has worked to design and implement several school gardens in Santa Cruz, CA, and worked for many years to developed a seven acre working farm residence in the Santa Cruz mountains. His carpentry experience and passion includes, but is not limited to, Timber Framing, large scale metal fabricating, furniture making, and crafting rustic farm buildings.