There are three spots still open in the “precision sawing” class I’m teaching at Roy Underhill’s school this summer – July 18-20.
The classes I teach at The Woodwright’s School are a lot of fun for me and the students because Roy gets involved in the class. During last year’s sawing class Roy did some fun demonstrations of a one-man log saw and an explanation of frame saws (I actually learned quite a bit myself). We also had a good saw-sharpening demonstration from Bill Anderson, which I hope he’ll repeat).
Plus, this class is really about more than just sawing and building a sawbench. In order to construct the project, you really need to get into a hand-tool-only mindset and learn how to coax the wood instead of machine it into submission.
And there is no better place to get into this mindset than at Underhill’s school. It’s a charming 19th-century storefront affair. Wooden floors. Lots of natural light. No cellphones. And Roy has the place stocked with all manner of hand tools and books.
The small town of Pittsboro, N.C., also has its charms. The school is next to an ice cream parlor and a nice pub with a solid selection of craft beers and good food.
For details and to register, visit Roy’s web site at woodwrightschool.com.
Oh, and if you can’t make it to the class, we have a new DVD on how to make a sawbench that we filmed while I was teaching a class in our shop last year. It’s available now in our store.
— Christopher Schwarz