Craftsman Ave

Art
Gowanus, Brooklyn, New York
(180 Reviews)

Our studio space gives makers the opportunity to bring ideas to life. We provide classes for creatives by creatives.While working with some of the brightest minds in Brooklyn, we’ve created a studio space that provides room to put our ambitions into action.
Our artists teach classes on woodworking, jewelry design, metal fabrication, and many other skills.

Each hands-on experience gives you the freedom to explore a new passion, create something of your own, and join our community of makers and creators.

Our classes run from  2-4.5 hours and are taught by experienced makers that live in thrive in Brooklyn.  Our small class sizes allow for you to vibe and network with other makers in the studio. Our studio space is an open and fully-equipped environment that gives you the space and resources to build a personal project, put a Kickstarter into action, or simply find a new passion. 

We envision bringing creatives together in an environment that is inspirational, fun, and supportive.

Reviews of Craftsman Ave

(180 Reviews)

4/18/2018
Tina N.

Attended: Introduction to Modern Woodworking


Our instructor, Arjun, was very knowledgeable, patient and thorough. He gave every student attention and guidance to help us each craft a nice piece of woodwork. I was very happy with my side table and would love to take more classes at his studio.

4/15/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Introduction to Modern Woodworking


Arjun seems like a nice guy you would want to grab a beer with, but he was not prepared for the class at all. He was very disorganized and the class was not well structured. For example, we had to cut out joints from various sizes of wood and instead of doing all long pieces at once and then all short pieces at once, limiting the amount of time he had to reset the saw, he went group by group. This meant he constantly had to reset the saw and it took longer than necessary to get that piece of the project done. Also, he forgot some steps and students that had glued their pieces together had to unglue them to complete the missing steps. This all could have been avoided if some minimal planning had gone on before class. There was no prototype of the final project to give his students a visual, instead he talked for an hour about wood. Moreover, he mentioned he was tired because his young child kept him up the night before. He did look really tired. While I have lots of sympathy for that since I have three kids, it was unprofessional to say. And if you are that tired that you can’t plan out the class, then maybe you should have canceled and refunded us back the money. He knows his stuff and I hope he takes some of these suggestions to heart because he can create a wonderful woodworking class in the future. The final project was beautiful and this class can be outstanding with some forethought and lesson planning.

4/2/2018
Elena S.

Attended: Introduction to Modern Woodworking


The class is poorly organized, nothing had been prepared in advance. A lot of time was being wasted by the instructor setting up equipment, looking for drills, failing to find charges for drills etc. Meanwhile the students just stand there... We also had to make a trip to Lowe’s because the lumber for our project hadn’t been purchased beforehand. As a result, the class took over 4 hours instead of promised 3. In addition, you can only apply your newly learned skills if you have access to the heavy-duty fancy equipment pros use. I still have no idea how to make a stool if I only have a regular saw, a drill and a hammer. So, the workshop is ok if you just want to get a general idea of how things are done, but it’s not very valuable from a practical perspective and also unnecessarily long.

4/2/2018
Monica B.

Attended: Introduction to Modern Woodworking


It was great. Kevin was obviously very knowledgable. And he is a great teacher. He took the time to answer questions and demonstrate and still kept on point with the project. I especially appreciated that he treated us with kindness and was very approachable. Woodworking, especially power tools can be intimidating and he really made me feel safe an supported. He is an empowering teacher which is the best kind there is! Thanks for a great class. I'd love to take another one soon. Monica

3/1/2018
Jeanne B.

Attended: Build a Copper Lamp


The teacher was very engaging, gave us all individual attention, carefully explained the steps, and repeated them when necessary. He made the class fun and informative!

2/11/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Introduction to Modern Woodworking


Had a great time. Excellent teacher. George was great, very informative, good-spirited and helpful.

2/5/2018
Dustin M.

Attended: Introduction to Metal Fabrication


Overall it was pretty fun and informative but it's 4 hours that could be done in 2. Most of the time 4 out of 6 people have to just sit around waiting to use equipment since there is only 1 of each piece of machinery.

2/5/2018
Lindsey K.

Attended: Introduction to Metal Fabrication


The class was fantastic, very hands-on. As other reviews said, it did get a bit bottlenecked for the welding and blowtorch stations, but very informative and fun, all the same.

2/4/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Introduction to Modern Woodworking


The teacher was an hour late and smelled of alcohol when he arrived. The class went over by two hours.

1/29/2018
Roberto S.

Attended: Design & Build a Speaker


I had a ton of fun at the class. Taras (the teacher) was great in helping us explore our ideas both in terms of design and production; in particular I liked the way Taras pointed each one of us to the proper techniques and tools to go from the sketch to the real object. The speaker is now proudly seating on my shelf, it works like a charm.

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117B 11th St, Brooklyn, New York 11215
Craftsman Ave
Gowanus, Brooklyn
117B 11th St
Btwn 2nd & 3rd Avenues
Brooklyn, New York 11215

Directions:
Take the F, G or R train to 4 Av – 9st station. Or a short cab ride via Battery Tunnel from Manhattan.

Upcoming Classes at Craftsman Ave

Introduction to Modern Woodworking
Next start date:

Saturday May 5th, 1pm

Build a Longboard (Skateboard)
Next start date:

Sunday May 13th, 11am

Build a Copper Lamp
Next start date:

Wednesday May 16th, 6pm

Introduction to Metal Fabrication
Next start date:

Tuesday May 22nd, 6pm