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1. Urban Woodworker - North Vancouver City

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135 W 1st St, North Vancouver, BC V7M 1B1, Canada

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Urban Woodworker: what do users think?
Amin Sameni: If you are passionate about crafting wooden objects, I highly recommend Urban Woodworker.I had woodworking level 1 and it was absolutely a pleasant experience.Jeremy loves what he does. He is passionate and patient with a lot of knowledge and experience who is always approachable if you have any questions.Our instructor was NV former mayor, Darrell Mussatto who was a great pleasure to work with. He is such a great teacher.The facility itself is also great and well equipped.I will definitely come back for more courses especially hand tools and carving.
Ryan Wilson: Took Level 1 Woodworking with Charlie. Incredibly talented instructor who'll ensure you know the basics, all with a sense of humor and joy for life.
Doug Garries: Enjoyed Jeremy Tomlinson’s expertise He explained all aspects to us in a likeable way and took time for every studentI like his manner
firouzeh souri: If you are interested in woodworking here is the best place to start! For me, a dream come true!I just finished my first class, and I could not wait to register and start the next one.The shop is very well equipped, nice and clean. You will enjoy your time there. Our instructor, Tristan, was awesome. I enjoyed working with him. He tried to make time for all the students and work with each of us one by one to make sure we have learned how to work with machines safely and in the right way! One thing I liked is that he care about the project we were working on, which was a leaded box, and he wanted us to have a nice clean box by the end of the course which we are happy with!Making mistakes! No problem! Tristan is always there for you to show you how to fix it and learn you more tips/tricks!Definitely recommend it!Thank you Urban Woodworking!
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Sue Reid: Unhappy with the choices available of urns to hold my mother's ashes, I turned to Urban Woodworker for help.It was an unusual request but incredibly important to my family and I. My mother had been an environmentalist her entire life. It was my hope that Jeremy would take on the task and create something simple but elegant from local and natural materials. He accepted the work. There were many choices to be made of types of wood, grain, and finishes. All were patiently explained to me.The end product was beautiful.The craftsmanship impeccable.Jeremy is a true artisan.
Nat: Superb classes with Jeremy and Charlie. They are meticulous, inspiring, and always willing to help. Each class is well-planned, so you will learn a lot from these pros. Took hand tools, woodturning , and Japanese-inspired HT courses, and would recommend all of them. Drop-ins are offered for those who wish to continue their woodworking without a home set-up.
Vincent Yung: i enjoyed the intensive class I took with Jeremy. He is extremely knowledgeable about the craft and is dedicated to teaching his students. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to stay creative during a pandemic.
Giacomo Del Pup: Jeremy is simply great. His customer service is superior and there’s lot learn from him.I was almost giving up making a custom kitchen table, so I decided to call Urban woodworker to ask for help. He offered me to go over a few hours after my call and we fix the problem right away. Can’t be more happy.I’m sure his classes are a blast!Definitely recommended.Thank you
Arturo Urrutia: This is an outstanding place to learn woodworking. Jeremy and Charlie are dedicated professionals who share their knowledge and have the perfect setup where to do it. For what you get, it’s a great deal financially.
Tri Chiem: It's been years since I've picked up a hand tool and made something. Thank you Jeremy and Charlie for such a fun class! Looking forward to creating more here.
Jesse Winchester Schmidt: Beautiful wood shop! And Jeremy is great; highly skilled, professional and kind. Highly recommend!
Darren Fehrmann: Fantastic class! I just finished the Level 1 Power Tools course where we built a small side table. Jeremy has a deep knowledge of his craft and really opened up the world of woodworking for me.The class moves at a fast pace as you get a solid grounding in the key power tools (jointer, planer, tablesaw, bandsaw, sander) as well as an introduction to various planes and chisels to help get an exact fit for your joinery.Safety is emphasized, which really helped me, as I came into the class with some trepidation about handling large power tools.This first level class really gave me a solid foundation for me to start my woodworking journey and I will be taking more courses with Jeremy in the future. If you're interested in starting to work with wood, then this is one of the best schools to jump into!
Justin Womersley: I did the intensive course with Jeremy and it was amazing! Highly recommended!
Lee Swift: Jeremy is the Mr. Miyagi of woodworking! His passion and skills are infectious and he made the intense week of woodworking fundamentals 1/2 an amazing experience. I wish I could add an extra star on this rating scale.I was reluctant about how good the experience would be with the pandemic policies in effect. Even with COVID he kept the learning environment safe, highly stimulating, dynamic, tons of demonstrations and always there to provide 1:1 coaching.If you are a total novice (like me) or already highly advanced, the courses offered here are top notch. A huge thank you to Jeremy and the other instructors that popped in to say hi.I’ll be back.
Vivian Demaurex: I just finished Woodworking: Power Tools lvl 1 Basics. I had and absolute blast on it. Jeremy is a passionate teacher and loves sharing his craft. However he expects a lot from his students. Make sure you follow the online videos during the course and get your design figured out before your second lesson to be able to finish your project on time.Working following Covid protocols was unusual but not a hindrance on the course. We wore mask at all time, tried our best to keep 6' away from each other and cleaned up any tools we would use. I'm looking forward to join lvl 2 and taking on a more complex project.
Peter Abrams: Jeremy did an excellent job shortening our heavy and thick walnut coffee table. He was fast and his craftsmanship was superb. I highly recommend him!
Nicole Simpson: Great workshop and Charlie is a fantastic instructor. Whole heartedly recommend
Sahar Khalili: What I truly love about this studio itself is that it's setup for using power tools as well as hand tools. There is even a lathe. Whatever you need to do you can do it here at the same time.And then, there are the people who teach or work there. I have taken classes with Jeremy and Barry.Jeremy is passionate, knowledgeable, and a great teacher. He starts by teaching you about wood itself, cause what is being made will only be good quality if the qualities and movements of the wood are taken into account during the initial joinery design phase. He teaches the fundamentals of doing joinery and it's so much fun to learn from him.I also took a wood turning class with Barry. He is an amazing turner, and he knows how to explain the techniques of turning. His passion for turning comes through in every class and makes every class fun while he teaching lots. It was a great class.
Dave Bayer: I traveled to North Vancouver to take Jeremy Tomlinson's week-long Woodworking Fundamentals Intensive. This was a transformative experience that I'll remember the rest of my life. There is a reason that his weekly classes sell out in minutes; the locals know. One can however succeed in registering for an intensive such as mine.Jeremy is both profoundly philosophical and profoundly artistic, yet his classes are entirely grounded in safety and practicality. One cannot separate these views, as woodworking is seeing; each step of the process interacts to determine the final result. Jeremy teaches seeing through hands-on work; one could transfer these lessons to any realm in life. One also becomes a much better woodworker.Jeremy is a natural teacher who loves to teach. I have decades of experience attempting to learn woodworking on my own. Among my fellow students were complete beginners. We each learned a great deal. The course was well-organized, with information presented as we needed it. We helped each other, and much of the learning came through resolving the problems posed by each of our projects.I researched every option I could find for similar courses in the United States or Canada. I had the good fortune to meet Jeremy at a Lie-Nielsen event in California, and I just knew. I believe that this school is the best of its kind, worth traveling for. The Urban Woodworker has my most enthusiastic recommendation.

2. Edge City Woodworking School - Vancouver

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975 Vernon Dr #260, Vancouver, BC V6A 3P2, Canada

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Joanne Peng: Bruce老师很有耐心,非常专业,经验十足,不仅教你正宗的北美家具,也教会了我遇到问题就专注解决问题的思考,年纪和长相也好像电影里面的木工老师傅!而且你可以带回自己的作品,生活中可以用到,非常值得的课程!
iain allan: I can highly recommend Edge City Woodworking School. I recently attended the 5 day level1+ program. My goal was to add to what I had already managed to learned using online resources, and it exceeded my expectations.Bruce was extremely knowledgeable, patient, and always prepared to answer any questions we had. He placed a strong emphasis on workshop safety, efficiency and quality which was both very informative and inspiring.His facility is excellent and very well equipped. All tools, materials and supplies were included, and each student had their own workbench. There were only four students, and with two instructors (Bruce’s assistant Nick was awesome too!) we were assured of personal attention.I felt we got excellent value for money, and I wouldn’t hesitate to enrol in any of his programs if you are looking to develop your woodworking skills at any level. I learned so much I can’t wait to go back for more!
Cherrie Lam: Such a valuable learning experience! I took the Level 1 course over multiple weeks with Bruce, where I gained hands-on skills making the sliding box and bench. Bruce was very patient and I appreciated how he emphasized safety throughout. I had no woodworking experience beforehand and learned so much more than I expected.
Tom Holder: Had such a great week completing level 1. We got to use all the major wood working machine and some hand tools finishing. Bruce is a fantastic teacher, patient, accommodating and entertaining. He makes you feel very comfortable in the space whilst keeping everything safe and clear. The class size was perfect (only 4 of us) and didn’t feel rushed. Will definitely be back to do some more, thanks Bruce you ignited a fire (metaphorical of course!)
James Glave: Strong recommend! Have completed Level 1 and plan to sign up for Level 2. Having had some past experience in a home shop, muddling along with frankly not great machines, this program was a gift. As others have said Bruce is a very patient teacher and coach, extremely clear and thorough, and explains the reasoning behind rules and principals. I also appreciate his dry sense of humour.
Alice Wang: Had a wonderful 6 weeks in the Level 1 course, building a box with sliding lid as well as a stool. Bruce is great to work with and an excellent instructor. I would highly recommend for those interested in learning some basics of woodworking and getting good hands on skills. It’s also a place for those who have more advanced projects in mind.
Jennifer Na: I completed the level 1 week long class and had a great time learning from Bruce and others at the shop! Bruce is an amazing teacher. He was so patient in teaching me the basics of woodworking and safe operation of power tools and machines. I was really amazed at how the curriculum is set and could not believe I was able to finish a box AND an entryway bench in 5 days! I was initially scared of operating power tools, but Bruce's guidance and teaching made it feel very safe. I feel much more comfortable around tools now knowing that I have some foundational knowledge. The week long course allowed me to immerse myself into woodworking- it was an incredible experience. I'm looking forward to signing up for more courses at Edge City!
alan hung: I have a great experience learning from Bruce. I am currently taking the 5 half day morning class. Bruce is really knowledgeable and specially cautious on the safety for students. I feel very comfortable even working on machines that I am not familiar with Bruce’s guidance. Even it’s a short 5 days class, it’s covering more material than I expected, from understanding and choosing the wood, machine woodworking , hand woodworking , making joint, glueing, finishing. The workshop is always clean and organized when I go to the class. I recommend taking the class if you really want to learn woodworking !
PJ C: I have done a few one day courses before at other places While I came away with more ability, I knew I did not have enough. I am of the era of women did not take shop in high school. I am enrolled in he DIY level one course and it is fantastic. Bruce is a former shop teacher and he has all of the theory and practice of teaching adults. Great handouts. Step by step. Explaining how to select wood and why different screws are used. We covered an incredible amount in lesson one and I am really looking forward to lesson 2. My only concern in reviewing is letting everyone else know how great this is and creating wait lists for the courses. But I must not be selfish...
Ranjani Naresh: Bruce is awesome! He is extremely patient, passionate and encouraging. This is my first time in a woodworking space and as intimidating as it was initially, Bruce made the whole process easy to understand and provided a lot of guidance. I took the Level 1 (6 week course) and I can’t wait to sign up for level 2!Definitely recommend Edge City Woodworking School! Ask for Bruce :)
John Ranola: Currently in the middle of doing the 6-week Level 1 course and been super happy with it so far. Very well stocked workshop. Bruce is a very patient teacher and gets the balance right in terms of instruction vs autonomy. He encourages you to use the tools on your own as you need them, but only once you're comfortable with using the tools safely while supervised.Not sure how other woodworking courses are, but here you're encouraged to pick your own project to build. I chose to make a camping table even though the website suggested a bench, Bruce was more than happy to accommodate!
Aziza Farah: Bruce is an incredible teacher. He is well versed in his body of work and ensures you walk away something you can action. I'm really excited to use this knowledge on my garden boxes this summer :)

3. InFocus Film School - Vancouver, BC - Vancouver

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554 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1J5, Canada

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Elena Rois: Hight quality teachers! Giving you tips and material from the real world as a graphic designer, you will work on projects where you will apply all the theory learned and you will see your evolution if you keep practicing and making an effort. The teachers are very attentive to any doubts you may have or if you have any problems during the course that need special attention. They also create a healthy work environment among classmates where you receive constructive feedback, where group work and learning other styles is encouraged. My experience in this school has been very good and I am grateful for everything I have learned to each of my teachers and classmates.
Alex Mcghie: With so many schools to choose from I'm extremely thankful I decided to attend InFocus. The staff at the school are incredibly kind and helpful making the process easy from start to finish. I was in the Graphic + Digital Design Program and the instructors were absolutely hands down the best you could ask for. They are available outside of class hours to help with any problems, and truly go above and beyond to help students succeed. There is extensive feedback for on going projects and hands on, in class work throughout the entire program that facilitated learning and continued improvement on skills and projects. Each project is unique and correlates to skills and knowledge required in the industry. I can honestly say this program rivals many degree and diploma programs as the amount of skill and the projects gained upon graduation is incredible. I have never felt so proud of the work I've done and have had so much fun doing it. I can't say enough good things about the school and I recommend InFocus Film School to anyone who is looking to learn and succeed with a career in graphic design.
Haley Vowels: I enrolled in the Digital + Graphic Design Program and graduated spring 2023. This program is an absolute gem. I was the youngest to ever take this course at only 18 and had no idea the career path I stumbled into. Words cannot describe the abundance of design knowledge I learned in only 6 months, it makes me feel like I've finished a 2 year college degree.This is big props to the incredible and carefully chosen instructors that are teaching from passion and sharing their design secrets from their own careers. You'll be pushed and challenged the entire way but it will all be worth it when you leave with a professional portfolio, resume, business card, website, and a graphic design family.This course sets you up to not only keep up with people that have gotten degrees and been in the working field for years but also excel. Thank you Leila my graphic design mother.
Ed Alexander: The 1 year crash course on film production was great - everything I needed to prepare me for a career in the film industry! InFocus has an excellent group of instructors and support staff who go the extra mile to support our learning.
Grace Wang: Had a very good experience in the Compositing for VFX program. The instructors and mentors are all very knowledgeable and supportive.
Aidan Tong: Very hands-on school with really solid instructors. Instructors that are accomplished and are still working in the industry. Great way to learn while doing.
Victor Lee: My friend made a deposit of $1300 and decided to not start his studies due to school policy and personal issues. He tried to get his deposit back, but the school told him that they wouldn't refund him anyway.This information is not in the contract, and is such a lack of respect with not just all the students in the school, but with the population struggling during the pandemic.
Jelica Rojas: This is an amazing school ! My experience here is extremely good. People are very nice and instructors are very helpful! Coming to this school is one of my best decision to pursue my career as a filmmaker ! I would definitely recommend Infocus Film school. 🤗
Nessie Blanes: Super friendly staff and such an amazing experience.Their Film Production Course is such an amazing experience. Definitely recommends this school over V*S.
Olga Grigoreva: I took their compositing program and it worked great for me. I came in with literally zero photo/video editing experience (not even Photoshop), and a month after graduation I got a job as a compositor in VFX studio here in Vancouver. The course was substantially cheaper than VFS/Lost Boys/Langara's VFX programs, fully online and short-term. I could still work part-time. The best thing about InFocus is that it's small and humble, so everyone up to the director of the school are very approachable and ready to help. They are really there to make sure you succeed, it's great. Also, I got plenty of industry connections and insights through mentors that teach evening classes. Overall, I'd highly recommend this course! And yes, the VFX industry is booming now, so it's a great time to get in.
Zedar Thom: My career started long ago on a communications path and was more of left-brain thinking but with the recent training at Infocus Film School Graphics & Digital Design, I finally had the opportunity to get my right brain cranking in design thinking. It's not all fanciful stuff. With designing, you learn all your life. I had professional instructors with real experiences, plus tons of hard work on my part to complete interesting projects. After graduation, if you are not from Vancouver, you are quite on your own as emails are often ignored. Infocus lacks in post-training strong alumni relationship, as this seems to be done selectively for PR.
Francisco Calvo Tudela: Ha pasado ya un par de años desde que estuve en Vancouver. Me metí en Infocus Film School para estudiar un curso de guión. Por el curso en sí no puedo decir nada, por motivos personales me tuve que ir del país y abandonar el curso casi desde el principio desafortunadamente. Como había estado tan poco tiempo, en el contrato que firmé tenía todavía posibilidad de reembolso de una parte del coste del curso. Aquí es donde me encontré el problema con esta academia, pasaba el tiempo y no me llegaba nada. Fue una desilusión grandísima ver como caducaban los deadlines y todavía no recibía el dinero del reembolso.Tuve que empezar a enviar mensajes al encargado de esta gestión para pedir por favor que me devuelvan la parte que me tocaba, siempre me decía que más adelante, más adelante. Pasaron meses tras el deadline del reembolso, meses. Yo asustado de que no me devolviesen el dinero dije que iba a contactar con un abogado allí en Canadá, no funcionó, sentí que se estaban aprovechando de que yo estuviese en España, muy lejos, y por tanto difícil para mi mover hilos allí. Puse una reseña negativa en Facebook en el grupo de Españoles en Vancouver contando esto mismo y me contactaron super rápido: o quitaba la reseña negativa o no me devolvían mi dinero... Real. Tal cual. Con esto creo que ya lo he dicho todo. Por ir de buenas, sin complicarme la vida, quité la reseña y me devolvieron el dinero en cuestión de días, actuaron rápido, lo hicieron de forma extraña, como en dos partes y con algunas dificultades, pero llegar llegó.En fin, o se estaban aprovechando de mi, de ser un extranjero, o tenían problemas de liquidez y sacaron el dinero de debajo de las piedras, ni idea de cómo se gestiona esta gente.Tras tanto tiempo, y aunque ya tenga mi reembolso, esto tengo que escribirlo para que se conozca la situación que viví con esta escuela, al menos para los españoles que vayan, que tengan mucho cuidado... En caso de que se me responda a esta reseña, tengo emails que confirman todo lo que he dicho, que no os vendan ninguna moto.
Melissa Peterson: I completed the Writing for Film and Television Program at InFocus Film School a week ago and I'm excited to share that I feel fully prepared to find my way and work within the film business. All of the instructors are industry professionals with a deep commitment to story. I left the program with a much better understanding of structure than I went in with and a solid idea about which route will best serve the career I want to build.
Jesse Parker Hart: I had been wanting to go to InFocus Film School for years, and when I finally had my chance to go, it actually exceeded my expectations. Despite having to do the program during the pandemic and mostly over Zoom, the instructors and faculty made it so that we still had an amazing educational experience. I love that we got to dabble in all aspects of filmmaking, and really had the chance to try everything out, beyond just a superficial level. The instructors were all very experienced in the industry and had valuable insights to pass along. The program challenged me and pushed me out of my comfort zone but always within a healthy and reasonable limit. The program is set up so that it's really what you make of it: all the tools are at your disposal, you just have to put your mind and hands to the task, and learn how to work as a team. You are really given the opportunity and support to make award winning short films before you even graduate.
Terra T: Great faculty and nice staff, my learning experience was amazing!I took their 3D Animation and VFX program.I had no prior knowledge to 3D animation and vfx other than I was passionate about the cinematic world. Every mentor had great patience and was able to teach me from scratch. The teachers truly care about the success of their students.The staff continue to help even after my graduation which truly makes me feel like part of a family and community.InFocus gave me the tools and knowledge to pursue my passion!
Amanda Heredia: I have been to a few exciting events organized by this school, supporting their students and the community.
Vadim Venedyukhin: I had a wonderful time at InFocus. The small class size allows students to connect with each other and with instructors. The majority of the lessons involve hands on exercises with careful in-depth guidance from the teachers. There are many projects throughout the program that always include one-on-one meetings with instructors that give support and valuable professional feedback. Both international and domestic students of different backgrounds, cultures, and beliefs are treated with equality and understanding. Some instructors also come from different parts of the globe such as Russia, Brazil, and Europe, so chances are you will be able to speak your native tongue with someone in the school. Located at the heart of Vancouver it's a great place to meet industry professionals and get inspired by the big budget movies being filmed on the streets nearby.
Hadeya Dominic: L’école de infocus film était très méchante enver ma mère. Infocus avait un conflit avec ma mère et aulieu de le ressoudre ils ont décider de répandre des mensonge sur elle. Pendant que notre mère nous preparait notre repas elle a reçu un appel téléphonique. La personne sur l’autre bout parlait avec ma mère dans une manière très méchante. Quand ma mère voulait l'ui poser des questions la personne sur l'autre bout a simplement racrocher le téléphone sur sa face. J'ai seulment 15 ans et s'était triste voir comment méchante cette école est envers ma mère.
Jake De Pedro: Having no experience with 3D but always being something that caught my interest I decided to take the 3D animation program at Infocus Film School. I have learned so much, and was given the right advice for my portfolio- from industry professionals!Miguel is an amazing coordinator that ensured that we always were taken care of! My modelling mentor Arturo along with my animation instructor (Selman) and my Lighting instructors Kiruthiga also spent countless hours giving me constructive criticism and ensuring that the end product was worth showing.A few months after graduation and after applying I was offered a position at Mainframe Studios. I want to thank the entire staff at infocus for working their magic and rolling out their online program in record time!I am still to this day very thankful and highly recommend to work hard !
Adam Dien: I did the 3D animation & VFX program and had a phenomenal experience. The instructors are clearly not about it for a salary, they truly care about you and your success. To name name's the instructors I had at the time were Miguel Rodriguez Suarez, Arturo Baccio, Kiruthiga Mahalingam and Selman Kantarci. No matter who will be your instructors I am confident they will continue to hire and find kind and capable industry professionals.If you truly give this program your all for the year they will help you get you to your entry level dream job. I thought many times that I could teach myself since you do most of the hard work and self teaching, but having a mentor to guide you really makes the difference and found myself learning something I would never have thought to google or made a connection from my modelling class to be useful in animation that I wouldn't have necessarily got on my own. They teach you from the ground up and once you know the basics they give pretty much strictly feedback on what it is to look for. The way they do feedback is exactly how it is done when you get your first job, and I felt I was well prepared when I got my first animation job. I look back and think about how a year ago I was working part time at the grocery store and now I am a junior animator from my 1 year at Infocus.Give it your all, give that whole year, no distractions dedicated to the schooling as much as you can. Always want to keep learning and don't take the criticism to heart because they know what's expected to get a job and only want you to get better is my advice. I am very fortunate to have gone to this school.
Grecia Paez: I was in the Film Production Program. It's intense but very useful, as someone who didn't know anything, I learned a lot. The teachers are all very caring and ready to guide you in whatever you need. The school is small but has more than enough (equipment, etc) to offer its students through their program. All in all, a good investment for the start of your filmmaking career.

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