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Contact:
Brad Smith
Woodshop Supervisor
Frostic School of Art
bradley.smith@wmich.edu
269.387.2462
Frostic School of Art Woodshop
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The Frostic School of Art is fortunate to have a fully equipped woodshop facility and a full-time staff member with over 25 years experience in woodworking.  The woodshop accepts commissions for work to support areas in the FSOA, students, faculty and staff, other units within the WMU community, non-profit organizations and private individuals.  When possible, students participating in the Fine Woodworking Apprenticeship Program are involved in the process to offer real-world experiences.

The woodshop is compensated for these services and the proceeds help support the woodshop facility.  The woodshop supervisor determines what work is appropriate and what is not.

Policies and Procedures

The woodshop constructs frames, support pieces, furniture pieces and more using hardwoods and wood-based products:

The woodshop can apply a protective clear-coat(s) of lacquer or wipe-on polyurethane to work constructed in the shop for an additional charge.

The woodshop does not stain or paint work produced in the shop.  This process is too time consuming and it has been determined that it is not the best use of the facility, resources and woodshop staff.  We will however, provide the finished work sanded and ready to be stained or painted.

The woodshop does not provide glass for frames.  We will give you the correct measurements for ordering glass or acrylic.  The woodshop does not provide hardware for frames or install glass, artwork or mounting hardware.

Please understand that it is difficult to give specific completion dates for projects.  Given that this is an educational facility and not a commercial woodshop, our students are the number one priority.  We will give you an approximation and do our best.  Your patience is very much appreciated.

Depending on the size and scope of the project a 50% deposit may be requested with the balance expected upon completion.

Payment is made to Western Michigan University by check, cash, charge to employee/student account, or transfer of funds if work is for a unit within the university community.  

The woodshop does not offer delivery.

If you have a project that you would like to discuss, please contact Brad Smith by email to arrange an appointment.

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