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Tool-Making for Woodworkers and Others

Course Overview

This course is an introduction to working with and heat-treating the common high-carbon steels used for edge tools. We will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different steel types and put this knowledge into practice by creating several tools. We will analyze a number of different tools and compare their performance. Can you really make a nice, working knife from an old file? Blacksmiths and tool-makers know that you can, and we will do it in this class. We will each make a scratch awl and a small carving knife to start, but additional tools like marking knifes, scrapers, small chisels, and larger or curved knives are all possibilities. For those interested in a more complex project, an optional 4th day of shop time and instruction is available for $50 in tuition.

North House is looking forward to hosting this course on campus in the safest way possible. As recommended by our HVAC consultants, we have increased air ventilation and installed an air filtration system. We perform extra cleaning of campus and are keeping class sizes small in our largest classrooms. Students must participate in a daily health screening and temperature check, agree to wear a mask at all times on campus, and to practice social distancing of 6 feet, as well as adhere to other safety protocols in some cases. See the full details of our COVID-19 protocols here.

Dates

Thu, Feb 18th, 2021  –  Sat, Feb 20th, 2021

Course Details

Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: 12+
Registration Cost: $285.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Thu, Jan 7th, 2021
Additional materials fee paid to instructor when class starts: Varies ($25-$40)

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

  • Safety glasses
  • gloves
  • apron 
  • files 
  • wood for handles (if needed) 
  • sandpaper assortment

Optional Tools

Feel free to bring your favorite tools and whatever materials you might feel appropriate for this course.

More Information

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation email with further class information. Please call us if you haven't received it within 24 hours.

Waiting List

The course Tool-Making for Woodworkers and Others Thu, Feb 18th, 2021  –  Sat, Feb 20th, 2021 is full.

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