SketchUp Class November 5-6, 2022 at Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute, Adrian, Michigan
Like everyone else I’ve made some adjustments to what I do in the last few years. One of the things I’ve missed is teaching SketchUp, but that is getting back to normal this fall. The first weekend in November I will be teaching a two-day SketchUp class at the Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute in Adrian, Michigan. Luke Barnett, executive director has developed an incredible program in a wonderful facility. Make sure to check out all that SBWI has to offer, including the full-time furniture and timber framing programs, the Woodworking Warriors program for veterans, week-long classes and weekend classes. The campus is a great atmosphere with a wonderful group of people.
Space is limited and registration is now open. Bring your laptop and join me for a weekend of 3D modeling with SketchUp. As always we will focus on the common hurdles to learning this amazing software for design, engineering, presenting and managing your next project. New users as well as those with experience in using SketchUp will come away with a better understanding of the basics and an easy path to more advanced areas of modeling. The big advantage of a live, in person class is that I can look over your shoulder and guide you to the best way to achieve your goals.
One thing that is different is there is no longer a free desktop version of SketchUp. (see this post for more on that) We will be using SketchUp Pro in this class. Another difference from previous classes is we won’t go through setting up the workspace in class. Complete information about how to download, install and get started will be sent to you after you sign up for class so you can hit the ground running. If you’re not sure about investing in the software, SketchUp Pro begins with a 30-day free trial after installation. If you’re new to SketchUp, wait until a few days before class starts to get the download. That will help you make the most of the trial period. I believe you will find that SketchUp Pro is the best solution for design and planning and an excellent value.
For me making a 3D SketchUp model is much like building a piece of furniture in the shop, except mistakes can be reversed and materials are free. That experience pays off when I get to the shop for the real thing. There is always something I discover in modeling that would cost valuable time and material if I hadn’t planned ahead with SketchUp. When you learn to make a good model you have more confidence when you get to the shop because you know the exact size and details of each and every part and how all the parts fit together. That model is a gold mine of information and you will learn efficient techniques to create the model and retrieve that information when you need it.
I hope to see you in November and if you have any questions about learning how to use SketchUp, click my signature below to send me an email.
- For more information about signing up for this class, click here.
- For more information about the Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute, click here
I’m happy to say that I will also be teaching SketchUp remotely to the students in the full-time furniture program at SBWI this fall.