ONSITE: Make Music: Create a Wooden Rattle in our Woodshop

Make some noise and try your hand at transfroming wood into a rattle. Over this 2 day course, we will explore how to mill, saw, carve, smooth and otherwise shape wood into functional, beautiful noisemaking pieces by using the bandsaw, jointer, planer, drill press and carving tools. Our rattles/noisemakers will be filled with beans, rice or any other material that is well suited for percussion. Participants will move through projects at their own pace and experiment with their own designs. We will focus on safety, skill building and personal expression in a safe, supportive atmosphere. Everyone will leave with one finished piece.

Special Notes

  • Students should come to class both days to finish their piece. We will have a 30 minute lunch break both days. Students should come prepared with safety gear (eye protection, ear protection and dust mask/respirator) and material to fill their rattle with such as rice, beans, small seeds, small stones, etc. Please dress comfortably and wear closed toe shoes.

    This instructor speaks Spanish, but class is held in English.

    Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.

    This is an On-site course. Students must follow current Covid-19 protocols, as outlined on our website. For more info visit On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program: if interested please visit

About the Instructor

Sarah Grace Cheek

Sarah Grace Cheek is an artist and woodworker based in Earlysville, VA.
She holds a BFA from Virginia Common­wealth Univer­sity in Craft & Mate­r­ial Studies where she focused in furni­ture and textile design.
After leading a produc­tion style wood shop for the last 4+ years, Sarah Grace made the leap in summer of 2022 to pursue being an artist full time. Her work centers around nour­ish­ment, useful­ness and joy. She’s enjoyed ventur­ing into the realms of more repre­sen­ta­tional art and explor­ing relief carv­ings. Sarah Grace uses hand carving and power carving tech­niques to create most of her work. Some of her inspi­ra­tion includes bones, rocks, salvaged mate­ri­als and antique textiles includ­ing late 19th to early 20th century quilts, just to name a few things.

Instagram: @sarah.grace.cheek

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ONSITE: Make Music: Create a Wooden Rattle in our Woodshop

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Class Details
July 29 - July 3010 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Days: Sun Sat
Tuition: $125.00
Member Tuition: $112.50
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Sarah Grace Cheek
Level: All Levels