Free Workshops

Workshops are held in the warehouse classroom at Community Forklift

(4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 20781 – 5 minutes outside NE DC, in the Hyattsville area)

  Hands-On Greenwood Working: Carve a Butter Spreader – June 4th, 1pm

Presented by Don Nalezyty of Don Nalezyty Crafts

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With a passion for carving greenwood products, Don Nalezyty has been trained by top greenwood workers and spoon carvers from all over the world. His love of carving is only equaled by his love of teaching this fascinating and relaxing pastime to others. Join Don at Community Forklift for a hands-on carving lesson; you will personally carve a butter spreader by hand and bring it home to show off to your friends and neighbors!

Making a simple spreader is a great way to learn the basics of greenwood work. Attendees will learn about:
* what wood to choose
* getting usable billets from a fresh log
* knife safety
* basic knife grips
* finishing and caring for your wooden ware

*** Please Notice: This workshop has limited capacity due to a set number of tools and materials. All attendees must register through our Eventbrite link and attendance will be limited to 12 individuals ***


Urban Flat Roof Upkeep, Maintenance, and Replacement – June 11th, 1pm

Presented by Gary Barnhart and Adam Anastasio of GL Barnhart Construction


Join Community Forklift and GL Barnhart Construction to learn all about your DC style flat roof and what makes it unique.

This class will cover the basics of modern DC area roofing; with a focus on the professional methods used for flat roof installation and maintenance. You will learn the elements of a good DIY seasonal maintenance routine and will see a demonstration of easy edge detailing.


From Live Edge Plank to a Table Top and More! – June 18th, 1pm

Presented by Marcus Sims of Treincarnation

live edge vanity Treincarnation

Learn how to prepare a live edge plank for use as a table, counter top, shelves and more!
Topics Include:
*  Treat your live edge so it looks good
*  Sand the surface in preparation for finishing
*  Basic finishing techniques
*  How to use knots and crack to your artistic advantage


Forklift First Fridays are back,

and better than ever!

Last summer, on the first Friday of each month, we stayed open late to offer lively entertainment – local artists, live music, food trucks, and a pop-up bar.

It was a big hit, so this year, we will be running our Forklift First Friday series from May all the way through December!  This is a kid- and adult-friendly event, so all ages (and friendly, leashed pets) are welcome!  Here’s what’s coming up:

When: First Friday of every month, 6pm – 8pm
Where: Community Forklift – 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781
Just 5 minutes outside DC, in the Hyattsville area
Cost: Free at attend and open to the public. Feel free to bring cash for food, drinks, and art purchases!

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Coming Up At Tanglewood Works

tanglewoodworkslogoWhere Upcycling and Art Connect
4641 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 20781  (Just in front of the Community Forklift warehouse)
Phone: 415-595-9839
Hours: Thursday & Friday 11-4, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5

Sue Mondeel of Riverdale Park paints a used table in the workshop at her recently opened (Greg Dohler The Gazette) compressed

Visit Tanglewood Works for their upcoming meetup schedule.

Love painted furniture, but don’t know how to do it?  Pine after the stained glass-look, but can’t afford it?  Sure, online tutorials are a good start, but they often leave a lot of questions unanswered. Tanglewood Works to the rescue!

Tanglewood Works hosts meetups for folks interested in furniture painting, dumpster diving, upcycling and other creative re-use projects. For example, upcoming spring meetups will focus on fiber art and mosaics.

To stay in the loop, sign up for the: