Woodworking dates back to Pemi’s earliest days and is as popular now as ever. Our fully equipped shop is the scene of creative activity for 4 hours of instruction every day and for free time as well. Woodworking projects large and small are featured in the annual end-of-year Art Show, and many a visiting alumnus tells us of his boyhood project that remains in use to this day.

Tools and machines

When you have “shop” as an activity for the week, you’ll be assigned a specific workspace (where your bench, itself, can be used as a tool). You’ll have the opportunity to use both hand tools and power tools, depending upon your age and level of proficiency.

Hand tools

  • Drill
  • Sander
  • Chisel
  • Hammer
  • Screwdriver

Power tools

  • Jointers
  • Bandsaws
  • belt sanders
  • drill press


Boys have the opportunity to create projects from simple to sophisticated and are encouraged to complete an entire project, taking the required time with each step in order to do a good job.

Examples of projects that campers have made recently include:


  • Simple box
  • Sailboat
  • Checkerboard


  • Bench
  • Organizers
  • Advanced sailboat


  • Adirondack chairs
  • Cabinets
  • Baseball bats
  • Musical instruments


Supervision ratio is high and we stress safety above all else. As a new camper, you’ll be given lessons in how to use the most basic hand tools in the shop, how to maintain and sharpen these tools, and how to correctly use sand paper. Boys may use power tools only after they have been instructed in their safe and proper use, have spent time observing instructors in their safe and proper use, and can demonstrate to their instructors their ability to use the power tools safely themselves, including the use of protective eye gear.


Our Wood Shop staff and instructors offer a wealth of woodworking and construction experience and bring creative energy along with a full understanding of safety procedures. Staff work together pre-season on safety standards, woodworking teaching techniques, and setting clear expectations and goals for campers.

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