The Unplugged Woodshop

Tom Caspar
October 17-21

Does your plane just skip across a board? Your scraper only make dust? In the Unplugged Woodshop you’ll learn how to sharpen and use chisels, planes, scrapers, saws, and spokeshaves: all the basic edge tools. You’ll learn how to flatten a board, even a glue joint, make a mortise and tenon joint, shape a cabriole leg, and make through dovetails. This introductory class is about the role of hand tools in a power tool shop. Hand tools often get the job done quicker—and are much more fun! Tom emphasizes practical solutions to everyday problems.

Tom Caspar has been a furniture maker since apprenticing to a Swedish cabinetmaker almost 40 years ago. Located in Minneapolis, MN, he was for many years editor of Woodwork and American Woodworker magazines. Tom has shared his expertise through more than fifty articles on a huge range of techniques and projects, as well as through reports on tool tests. He honed the curriculum for this popular course over decades of teaching.

Open to novice and intermediate woodworkers.

Tuition: $750

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