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Tools of the Trade

  • Arbutus Folk School 610 4th Avenue East Olympia, WA, 98501 United States (map)

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Instructor: Maddie Morgan
Dates:   Sat/Sun 10am-4pm, July 22 & 23
Cost: $169
Registration Closes: 3 days prior to first day of class
No of Students: Min. 4, max. 8
Skill Level: No experience necessary
Materials provided by student: Hand tools, students can bring their own to restore if they have some.

Class Description: For generations artisan craftsmen and craftswomen, or those who aspire to be, have relied on fine hand tools to construct useful and beautiful things from wood.  We admire these tools for their charm, for the ingenuity of their design, and for the creative potential they represent. But without careful maintenance, tuning, set-up, and an investment of time in acquiring the skills to use them, these tools will never be anything more than curiosities.

The aim of this course is to take these great old tools out of the display case and put them back to work. You’ll learn to how restore those rusty things you found in grandpa’s basement, how to produce a surgically sharp cutting edge, and how to set up your planes, saws, and chisels so that they sing. Finally, we’ll begin honing the skills necessary for using these tools. There are few things in woodworking more enjoyable than using a freshly sharpened chisel and mallet to shape a complex joint or a well-tuned hand plane to produce a shimmering, perfectly smooth surface on a piece of timber.  And by the end of this class, that’s exactly what you’ll be doing.

Earlier Event: July 20
Assembling Wood Session I