Create wooden art at Rockler's woodshop class

Posted at 6:05 PM, Oct 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-16 23:33:59-04

From bowls, to Harry Potter wands, to wine stoppers-- Jim Vasi has turned countless wood creations. 

Vasi is a retired woodshop teacher from Maryvale High School in Cheektowaga. He taught students for more than 40 years and is still teaching in his retirement. 

Vasi is an instructor at Rockler's Woodworking and Hardware store in Willamsville. The store offers woodshop classes called Make & Takes where people can learn to make beautiful hand-made wooden creations. 

"People that come in and take the classes feel something special when they are done creating something," Patrick McBride, Rockler's store manager said. "They get that bite I call it, and they want to do more." 

People do not need any experience when going to a class. Make & Takes are offered six days a week with three to four people in the class so people get a "hands on" experience. People can make knifes, bowls, wine stoppers, pens, or pretty much anything they want to says McBride. 

"I think everyone has an artistic level in them," McBride added. "Wood has a variety of different types of projects." 

Different classes can be found here. 

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