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You Saw it Here First: A Handsaw Primer

Course Overview

Whether you work with green or dry wood, there are extremely few processes that do not involve the use of saws in some way. This humble tool is the backbone of so much of what happens in woodworking. Power saws of many types are inexpensive and available for almost every task, but there are still a lot of advantages to unplugged handsaws of various styles. This class is all about choosing, using and maintaining effective saws that work without motors and electricity, and can help to eliminate a lot of the noise and dust in your process.

In this course, we will begin by disassembling an older panel saw and discuss the process for cleaning the blade plate, and re-attaching the handle. Then we will talk about various sharpening patterns and how they affect the way a saw cuts through wood

This course is part of Wood Week! Plan to attend the Carvers Conference on March 6, a day of speakers, demonstrations, skill shares and community gatherings free for all enrolled students, including the rare mid-winter pizza bake. Come early or stay late! Full schedule available in early 2020.


Tue, Mar 3rd, 2020  –  Thu, Mar 5th, 2020

Course Details

Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age: 12+ w/ adult
Registration Cost: $250.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Tue, Jan 21st, 2020
Includes materials fee of $25.00

Required Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

All required tools/materials are provided by your instructor and North House and will be available once the course begins.

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.

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* Early-Bird rate in effect until Tue, Jan 21st, 2020
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Cancellation Policy

If North House must cancel a course, students will receive a full refund of any payments made for that course.

Students who cancel their enrollment more than 21 days prior to the course will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee to cover administrative costs. In recognition of the time and energy instructors invest in preparing for courses, students who cancel their enrollment 21 days or less prior to the course are not eligible for a refund.

Certain classes have different cancellation policies. When this is the case, it will be noted in the Course Overview on this page. Please be sure that you are familiar with your class's cancellation policy, and contact us if you have any questions.