"When I was 18, I had my first taste of building and over the years my love of carpentry has grown.  Now, with 25 years of carpentry experience, I truly believe that anyone can learn to become a builder. It just takes a nurturing place to learn, a safe place to ask questions, and a mentor to give you the tricks of the trade.  We are here to be all those things for you, so put on a tool belt, sharpen your pencil, and let's get building!" Lara

Intro to Carpentry

Learn carpentry basics in a safe and supportive environment!  This class teaches all the basics of carpentry, from choosing the right wood for a project to using proper techniques with a hand saw and circular saw.  The course culminates in each student using the acquired skills to build a stacking pair of saw horses. You will leave with a sense of empowerment and knowledge and with the confidence, skills, and language to be a self sufficient builder!

An organic/gluten free snack is included for both days! 

We have a limited number of rooms available for overnight accommodations in our lovely farm house for an extra charge.  Please contact us to inquire about lodging rates.

Our classes are limited to 6 participants to ensure a fantastic learning environment.  Please register early to guarantee a spot!

Cost: $250 + $40 Materials fee

Class runs from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm

Next available class dates : Please email for availability

Basic Electrical and Plumbing

This class will introduce you to basic electrical and plumbing for the homeowner.  We will go over matetrials and how to assemble outlets, light fixtures, and basic plumbing for sinks and drains.

Please note: I am not a licenced electrician and plumber and this class is for information purposes only!

Cost: $100

Class Runs from 9:30-2:30

Next available class Dates:  Monday, September 16th

"Amazing! I learned so much- my newfound confidence and familiarity with these tools and skills is just incredible.  It was perfectly paced and a great combination of hands on learning and listening.  I am very eager to experiment at home and learn more."



"The layout of info is awesome.  The project was perfect, since it further encourages more carpentry projects.  I never once felt awkward asking questions"




Lara or Derek

​Tel: 360-335-9743​


Colibri Gardens

1222 Belle Center Road

Washougal, WA 98671