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Carpentry Home



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. 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 cordially invite anyone interested in the Laney Carpentry Department or have questions regarding the Passive House approach and High Performance Building to come to a Fall Orientation for Students.

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


            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.

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.


Tiny House

We are also building 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. We are finishing up the siding and will commence interior work this summer.


The FabLab is now open to all Laney Students!

Please contact Danny Beesley:



  • Carpentry Brochure (PDF – 1.4 MB)

    Carpentry Brochure