Gift Certificates Available!
Gift Certificates Available!
Offering One-on-One instruction
for kids and adults!
We can teach group classes for parties, events and team building too!
We want to share the simple joy and satisfaction that comes from building something with your own hands. We take the mystery out of handiwork. DUMBO WORKSHOP is here to empower our students with skills, rationale, and the tenacity to tackle projects with confidence.
Jon is a resident, business owner, and pioneer of the Dumbo arts community. Known and beloved, he is trusted with many sets of neighbors' keys, from friends and fellow business owners. As his interests and opportunities expanded throughout the years, his skill set and portfolio with projects taking him all over the country, all from his
Jon is a resident, business owner, and pioneer of the Dumbo arts community. Known and beloved, he is trusted with many sets of neighbors' keys, from friends and fellow business owners. As his interests and opportunities expanded throughout the years, his skill set and portfolio with projects taking him all over the country, all from his home base in Dumbo, Brooklyn. He became an entrepreneur founding multiple successful enterprises specializing in television set design, residential, and commercial work. His passion for community and hospitality shines through his distinctive design builds, from large Manhattan restaurants to most recently, dozens of innovative outdoor dining spaces, as well as business ventures in several local restaurants and wine bars. Growing up in Brooklyn Heights, Jon has a unique appreciation and perspective for Brooklyn kids and parents alike. Adding mentoring youngsters, through children’s woodworking classes, comes as a natural extension to his repertoire.
"My 13 year old son has had a love for construction since he was a toddler. He never enjoyed playing with toys, sports or video games....all he ever wanted (and wants) to do is build. There are far and few wood workshops that children can attend (especially on Long Island). After doing some research I came across the Dumbo Workshop. Harley had the most unbelievable experience. Jon was so kind, patient and helpful. His teaching style was exceptional and he truly empowered our son. He walked out of this experience feeling good about himself and his abilities! He can't wait to go back!"
"Jon is an incredibly gifted woodworker and educator. We've been searching for a passion for our son. Jon sees him. He's patient in his instruction. He flex's his approach to support our son's passions (titanic, brooklyn bridge). We feel deeply lucky to have connected with him."
"My experience with Jon was phenomenal! It was my first true experience using carpentry tools and Jon provided the safety instruction and confidence to comfortably and confidently operate each machine/tool in a fun and productive way. Jon's teaching style allows for a very hands on experience where you actually get to build! He only helps if you really need it, and allows for growth of the student, of course in a safe way! Really enjoyed the class and looking forward to continuing a new hobby!
All levels should definitely have sessions with Jon. He is a fountain of information!"
"I went to Jon at Dumbo Workshop to help me make a cutting board. My wife had given me a gift certificate. I wanted something elegant looking that I could use regularly for a long period of time. Jon didn't just teach me to make a cutting board, he walked me through the entire process of planning, material acquisition, execution, and even managing caveats. The final product was a gorgeous piece of woodworking and a set of skills that I later re-purposed to make a similar project by myself later on. I took the skills he taught me and applied them to a serving tray that I gifted to back to my wife. The new piece came out beautifully and I was even more impressed by how much of Jon's teaching stayed with me. I would recommend the Dumbo Workshop to anyone considering it. Jon does an incredible job of balancing your independence with his extremely capable ability to teach. "
“Jon’s classes are a highlight for everyone and the kids are learning more than just woodworking.”
-Beth Ward, parent of Simon (9) and Evy (7)
“Jon is a natural teacher and I encouraged him to explore kids classes”
-DM, owner of Creatively Wild