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Messages - Terrence James

This is a very late reply to the post, but for others who may have the same question, the Hand Tool Workshop is not a class, per se. You can come when you want and stay as long as you like. Its not necessary to come every week, but you'll want to. If you have a project to work on, bring it and we can help as much as you might need. If you just want to come visit, you are most welcome to do so.

Typically, a new member of the group will just hang out the first couple of times they come. We will pair you up with people based on your interests and experience. But we can teach you hand tool basics, tool restoration, sharpening techniques, project planning and how to read wood grain, etc. If you have tools, bring them. But if you don't we generally have most of what you may need and you can use ours. If you have a project in mind, we can help you get started. If not, we have a number of projects that are fun and useful. Build a tool tote, or a shooting board, or a bench hook.

I have been a woodworker my whole life, but in the two years I have been coming to this workshop I have learned more than the rest of my life put together. Its a fun group and very welcoming of new members. I will never be a 100% hand tool woodworker although there are members who are. But learning the old-school methods and tools will make you a better woodworker regardless of how much you may use power tools. I am warning you: it's addictive...

Hand Tool Group / Hand Plane Restoration and Use
May 22, 2017, 04:33:10 am
If anyone has old hand tools and wants to learn how to use them better, get them sharp, tune them up, or restore them from flea market condition to like-new feel free to drop my the hand tool workshop on Thursday nights. We do not follow an agenda so bring your tools or projects and we can pair you up with people who get help you get started or get past a problem area. If you have hand tools you do not use and want to donate to the Guild or sell, let me know and I can help you get them into the hand of people who will put them to good use. I'm in the guild directory.