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Learn To Work With Materials From The Earth

Everything we make starts with the earth—but in these specific areas of study, artisans work more directly with materials taken directly from nature.

In these guides, we collect the expertise of our 150+ faculty and master craftspeople to share with anyone interested in learning how to make their own objects by hand. Explore our Ceramics, Fire & Performance, Leatherworking, Stoneworking, Textiles, and Woodworking Departments. You will learn everything from how to make a wooden bench to how to dance with fire.

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The Crucible is the largest industrial arts nonprofit in the country, where we offer classes and studio time in 19+ areas. In these guides, we break down our studio areas and focus on sharing the knowledge of our instructors with you. You can explore our guides, defined by our four main areas: Earth, Glass, Metal, and Machine.

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Wooden Box

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Create a tabletop wooden box for everything you need to keep in one place! After a basic introduction to woodworking handtools, create a small, functional wooden box to take home....

Wooden Box

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Create a tabletop wooden box for everything you need to keep in one place! After a basic introduction to woodworking handtools, create a small, functional wooden box to take home....

Marquetry

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Learn the basics of handling veneer and the decorative technique of marquetry, where you use small, variously colored veneer to create an image. You will make at least two...

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