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Forum topic by CharlesA posted 05-15-2017 08:34 PM 683 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CharlesA

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05-15-2017 08:34 PM

When I started woodworking a few years ago, I just plunged in. Learned to use a whole host of hand and power tools, mostly by reading or watching videos and from just trying things out.

The last in person instruction I received was from my Jr. High Shop teacher about 1975 or so. I’m thinking I might profit from an in person basic hand tools class: sharpening, and the basics of chisels, planes, and hand saws, just to learn the little things I miss from always learning on my own. Suggestions?

Also, if you have done this sort of things, how was your experience?

I live in Louisville, KY, so driving distance would be great. If I need to fly, then I don’t care much about geography, since once I get on a plane, there’s not a lot of difference.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson


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TravisH

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#1 posted 05-15-2017 08:52 PM

Hop onto I 65 and head North. Marc Adams school…..

http://www.marcadams.com/clientuploads/directory/docs/2017_catalog.pdf

Woodcraft is another option, classes are small 2 to 4 and usually and will cover some basics on whatever the class is. Just classes seam to vary by location and depending on who they can get to teach. A lot of turning classes typically but have come across a few basic intro to woodworking classes.

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#2 posted 05-16-2017 05:04 PM

Kelly Mehler has a school up that way but I don’t know how much he uses hand tools. He does beautiful work though.

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CharlesA

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#3 posted 05-16-2017 05:13 PM

Just checked at http://kellymehler.com/. The last year they have classes listed for is 2015.


Kelly Mehler has a school up that way but I don t know how much he uses hand tools. He does beautiful work though.

- Rick M


-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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CharlesA

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#4 posted 05-16-2017 05:13 PM

Thanks. I should have thought of this.


Hop onto I 65 and head North. Marc Adams school…..

http://www.marcadams.com/clientuploads/directory/docs/2017_catalog.pdf

Woodcraft is another option, classes are small 2 to 4 and usually and will cover some basics on whatever the class is. Just classes seam to vary by location and depending on who they can get to teach. A lot of turning classes typically but have come across a few basic intro to woodworking classes.

- TravisH


-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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rwe2156

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#5 posted 05-16-2017 05:42 PM

Speaking for myself, I don’t think a skill class would be worth the expense. I guess if I didn’t know anything at all maybe a machine safety class, but overall , like you, I’ve learned most of my ww’ing at the “University of YouTube”. There really are some quality ww’ing like Paul Sellers. He teaches a lot about using tools, not just building projects.

The videos library at FWW is definitely worth the membership fee IMO. Watching masters like Garrett Hack, Philip Lowe, Tim Rousseau, Steve Latta, where else could you watch them in action? The recent North Street Bennett tool box build alone was worth the price of membership.

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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OSU55

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#6 posted 05-16-2017 09:10 PM

Like rwe, I dont believe an inperson school is worth the expense. I too have gotten great value from “YTU” (youtube univ). For flatwork hand tools Paul Sellers is hard to beat. I may attend a school some day but it will be intnded more like a vacation experience/gift to myself vs improvement. Good videos allow you to watch something again and again to pick up the little things and serve as future reference. I just think of all the tools or lumber or serving my other hobbies that kinda coin buys.

Different hobby but same concept. 20 yrs ago I went to Kieth Code’s Superbike School. I had read his books before I went. All of the material presented at the school came from the books – I didn’t learn anything new from the instruction. The value was in getting on a track and practicing the techniques. I haven’t been back to a school, but I do track days to continually hone technique.

I guess if someone has trouble translating books or videos into actionable items to practice or adjustments to make, maybe there is value in a ww school – but possibly the school/subject isn’t ww or motorcycle riding, it’s learning how to learn something new. It is a process unto itself.

I will admit I have been tempted to go to Bill Kappel’s school for building Maloof style rockers, especially when he cut the prices. If it were closer I would have.

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papadan

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#7 posted 05-16-2017 09:24 PM

Charles, you may be able to find someone from the Kyana Woodcrafters club that could or would give you some one on one help. http://www.kyanawoodcrafters.com/default.htm I would love to help you out myself, but I learned everything myself and I rarely ever use hand tools. Most of my hand work is putting the red key in the start switch. LOL

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CharlesA

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#8 posted 05-16-2017 10:39 PM

I learned to sharpen, cut mortises by hand, plane, etc. by reading/watching. The reason I was thinking of a class with a big-time teacher is because I think I know enough that I’d be bored in a standard intro class. I wanted a Paul Sellers type to see me use the tools and give me the subtle direction that could help me master the tools.

That being said, Maybe I should take the iPad into the shop and do more close work with some videos.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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diverlloyd

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#9 posted 05-16-2017 11:18 PM

Charles go in to our local woodcraft on some of the free class days. The hand tool guy who’s name escapes me right now is very knowledgeable and might give lessons on the side. The next class is the 20th and is files and rasps I maybe be there depending on a couple auctions I’m looking at. Papadan is on to something about the kyana club most of the woodcraft guys are members and past heads of the group. Also I hear that Roy underhills classes are good.

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newwoodbutcher

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#10 posted 05-16-2017 11:20 PM

I have friends who highly recommend two classes William NG in Anaheim and Rob Cosman in Canada. Both of these friends came back with skills.

-- Ken

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CharlesA

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#11 posted 05-22-2017 01:42 PM

Turns out someone recently reviewed Little Miami Handworks here on LJs. They have a one day sharpening class, where one brings your own planes and chisels and sharpening system so they can help you get better with your own stuff. One day for $100. I’m going to do that in August. They have a two day hand tools class I’ll look into. 2 1/2 hours away. Worth a shot.

http://littlemiamihandworks.com/

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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bandit571

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#12 posted 05-22-2017 01:56 PM

There IS a school in Bellbrook, OH ( Dayton, OH area). Scott Phillips did a road trip over the weekend to film the place. I’ll have to look the name of the place up, IF anyone wants it.

Twould appear CharlesA has also found the place. I’m about an hour north of the place…..

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