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#1 posted 942 days ago

I’ll give you my take on the Handtool Heaven class with Jim Tolpin: I took it two years ago (the first week, not the second), and it was a great experience. Jim is a great guy – he’s very laid back yet very enthusiastic about power-tool-free woodworking. During the class it’s a bit more than just “we’re now going to make a wooden straight edge” – he really tries to go into the theory of the importance of the particular tool you’re making and the history of how craftsmen would make these items in a day and time without power assistance or even without a tape measure.

Also, a week in Port Townsend is kind of a treat if you’ve never been there before. Very pretty small town in the Olympic peninsula. I’m thinking about taking week 2 of the course this spring or summer.

Having said that, can’t really recommend the Northwest Woodworking Studio in Pdx.

But being in CA, there must be a lot of places in the No. CA area with great instructors – I’m sure that David Marks is still instructing and lots of other school of the Redwoods graduates. I’ve heard that David is a great teacher as well.


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