Out on a Limb: How to Enroll in Hand Tool College


By Christopher Schwarz
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From the June 2008 issue #169
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After many years of teaching peoplehow to set up and use hand tools, I’ve cometo three conclusions:

  1. The best way to choose the right plane, chisel or saw for your work is to handle and use a wide variety of sizes and brands.
  2. The best way to understand a technique is to watch someone perform it a few times and to ask questions about what you don’t understand.
  3. The best way to become skilled at hand work is to use your tools with an experienced teacher watching you and making the small corrections in your methods that will make a big difference.

As you probably know, the written word makes it a challenge for us at Popular Woodworking to do these three things from our offices in Cincinnati.

That’s why we’ve spent many months planning a special weekend conference in Berea, Ky., for Nov. 14-16 that is designed to expose you to a rich and wide variety of expert craftsmen, tools and hand
woodworking skills.


From the June 2008 issue #169
Buy this issue now