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Ron Hock at his bench.

Ron Hock at his bench.

Ron Hock has a long association with the fine woodworking program at the College of the Redwoods (CR), which is soon to become The Krenov School under the administration of Mendocino College. Both the school and Ron are in Fort Bragg, Calif., where Ron started a knife-making business in 1981. He was soon thereafter asked by CR students if he could make plane irons for them, so he did.*

Ron became friends with the woodworking program’s founder, James Krenov, and is now on the board of the Krenov Foundation, along with Laura Mays, foundation president and director of the CR fine woodworking program.

Our video team was in Fort Bragg to film a sharpening video with Ron (it will be out in late January 2017), so we decided to hand him a microphone, take a walk up the road and have a chat with Laura about the upcoming name change and what that means for the school, the program of study, and Krenov’s legacy. Take a look below:

— Megan Fitzpatrick

  • Since then, Ron has developed a well-respected line of plane blades and chipbreakers, kits for making handplanes, spokeshaves and shoulder planes, carving and marking knives and more. He’s also the author of “The Perfect Edge,” available at, and of this lovely eulogy on Krenov.


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