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Joinery 1: Handtools APRIL

Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

Joinery 1: Handtools APRIL

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General Admission
This ticket grants access to the two-week Joinery 1: Hand Tools workshop at Artisan's Asylum. Successful completion of this class will qualify students to use the Asylum sharpening station independently as members.
3 Tickets Ended $150.00 $3.99

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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. 

Joinery-Japanese Temple

Joinery Series:

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

            -Card scraper

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.

Instructor Biography:

Peter Montague


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.

Event Time:

Session 1: Saturday, April 20, 10AM - 1PM

Session 2: Saturday, April 27, 10AM - 1PM

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When & Where

10 Tyler Street
Somerville, 02143

Saturday, April 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 1:00 PM (EDT)

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Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Artisan's Asylum is a 40,000 sq. ft. member-based non-profit community fabrication center located in Somerville MA, dedicated to making creativity a way of life. Our mission is to support and promote the teaching, learning and practicing of design & fabrication by offering:

* Shared design and fabrication tools and equipment in our various community workshops.

* A large range of publicly-accessible classes offered by local artisans.

* Various monthly membership structures allowing access to our facility. 

* On-site studio and storage rentals allowing members to create and store projects on-site.

* Hosting local craft-related events to help encourage DIY culture and community craftsmanship. 

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