This is a class to train dedicated beginner woodworkers in the use and care of their hand tools. Studens will learn to flatten, grind, hone, and maintain cutting edges on their own block plane, chisels, and card scraper. For absolute beginners and for those looking to take their personal tool inventory to the next level.
There was a time when metal fasteners didn't exist, and joinery was the only method for building homes and furniture. The photo alongside shows the main hall (Kondo) of the Horyuji temple in Nara Japan, built without a single metal fastener. It is the oldest wooden structure in the world, built in 730 AD. At the time, joinery was the only method available to create such a building.
The series begins with a prerequisite workshop in the care and maintenance of the student's own hand tools.
None. This class is a prerequisite for all subsequent joinery classes.
Tools and Supplies
Students will provide their own tools -- the instructor will be in touch two weeks before the class to discuss tool choices with students. Tools can be anything from brand new to antique.
Tools necessary for class:
-Low angle block plane
-Basic set of four or five wood chisels
Personal protective equipment is available in the woodshop. Even so, we encourage students to bring their own safety glasses, hearing protection, and dust mask as selection in the shop is limited and variable.
Many of these tools are very dangerous if used improperly -- treat them with respect! Safe shop practices for each process and tool will be demonstrated during the class. Students are expected to help maintain a safe work environment for every class participant. Shop cleanliness is crucial to a safe shop -- so 10-15 minutes at the end of every class session will be dedicated to cleanup.
A graduate of the North Bennett Street School for carpentry, Peter Montague has also worked as chief finisher at Joe VanBenton Furniture Makers in Brookline and studied timber framing in northern Maine. He has spent most of the last ten years working for a local finish carpentry firm where he was able to work in some of the area's most beautiful homes. Now working full time teaching construction to Boston youth, on the side Pete is running his own company focusing on restoration. He dabbles in stained and leaded glass, custom doors, landscape structures, furniture and painting.
Session 1: Saturday, April 20, 10AM - 1PM
Session 2: Saturday, April 27, 10AM - 1PM
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.