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Carpentry Home

Please Link (Tiny House)  below for our award winning Tiny House, The Wedge!


Tiny House

We have just completed our second “Tiny House” called the Wedge, part of a state wide competition, challenging colleges and universities throughout California to build a Net Zero Tiny house. With Carpentry leading the way we won several awards including a $4,000 stipend for winning Best Architecture!  Other notable awards included Best Design, Best Furniture, Best Landscape, Best Video. Check all the scoring at SMUD, see link below…

SMUD Tiny House Competition


For any general questions please contact Karl at the link below…



The program is designed to instruct students in the principles of carpentry and provide participation in all phases of the building process. Carpentry students build a new house and/or remodel existing structures. By using on and off campus building projects, we teach construction principles, best practices and develop hands on skills.

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The Carpentry Program is pleased to announce the completion of its most recent home renovation at 453 Ashton Ave in East Oakland. We have completed a Passive House, an ultra energy efficient standard that is unique in this country and one of only a few in the entire San Francisco Bay area.




We were proud and honored to have Oakland Mayor Libby Schaf visit 453 Ashton and acknowledge Laney College’s positive impact on the community. Mayor Schaff (center of photo) was gathering information on Green Building, High Performance Homes and the effects of project based learning on Laney students…



We cordially invite anyone interested in the Laney Carpentry Department or have questions regarding the Passive House approach and High Performance Building to come to an Orientation for Students. Please check back for a date for next semester.


Learn on the job and in the classroom, Laney college carpentry program gives you experience and the skills necessary to find work in construction and contracting. We are building a high performance home in Oakland and we are also building a “Tiny House” as part of a state wide competition. Come join our team. All skill levels welcome.


Please click on Passive House link below for much more information and a photo essay of the project.

Passive House

The Carpentry Department is collaborating with the City of Oakland, Oakland Rotary and California Passive House on a unique project. We are building a extremely energy efficient house incorporating sustainable concepts, comfort and the ultimate in indoor air quality. The students are building and finishing everything – except for plumbing, electrical, roofing and mechanical system installations.

Please click on the link above to see the Ashton project photo essay.



The FabLab is now open to all Laney Students!

Please contact Danny Beesley:



  • Carpentry Brochure (PDF – 1.4 MB)

    Carpentry Brochure