The Butterfly Joint

  • About us

    The Butterfly Joint is a woodworking and design studio for children ages 18 months and up (and adult classes are offered as well!).

    When students walk through the doors of the Butterfly Joint, they are transported into a woodworking studio designed just for them. They clock in with their very own punch cards, put on their work aprons, and get started on their projects after hearing the sound of the steam whistle.

    The Butterfly Joint focuses on teaching children traditional joinery techniques — the use of dovetails, box joints and loose tenons in place of screws and nails. The goal is for the students to create and walk away with an heirloom.

    Toddlers (ages 18 months to 3) and beginners (ages 4-7) work with prefabricated and unassembled wood items to sand, assemble and oil. Advanced students (ages 8-12) create projects from scratch and use hand tools such as Japanese dovetail saws, chisels and hammers.

    The Butterfly Joint also has a retail component, both in-store and online, offering take-home projects, completed pieces perfect for gifting and specialty items such as child-sized aprons, work gloves and age-appropriate tools.

  • Services
    Art : Woodworking View more


    Activity Type

    • Group Classes


    • Coed

    Age of child

    • 2-18


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    Birthday Party : Entertainment, Venues, Indoor View more



      • Indoor

      About our parties

      • In order for the children to get the most out of the woodworking experience, we have a minimum of 6 children and a maximum of 14. Minimum age for children participating in the project is 3 years of age (exceptions can be made, just email us or mention it in the form). For birthday parties, you get the space for up to 3 hours and the kids work on a project within that timeframe. Projects are recommended based on age of children and number of participants. Whatever the project is, they get to complete it and take it home! We provide two fold-out tables including tablecloths and a Happy Birthday sign. Cake, food, treats, drinks and all flatware and cups must be provided by the family. Typically the kids sing and have cake once the project is completed. We call it the ol' "Make n' Cake!" The Butterfly Joint has a sliding scale model and we strive to make this experience available to the entire community. If the suggested price is met, a portion of that is used to offset the discounts and scholarships we give to low-income families in the neighborhood and throughout San Francisco.


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      Camps : Arts & Crafts, Fine Arts View more


      • Day

      Camper Gender

      • Coed


      • N/A
    • Locations


      2640 Mission St. San Francisco, CA 94110
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