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Introduction to Woodworking: Tools & Techniques

Tools, Materials, Skills, and Satisfactions.

June 16 – June 22
Brooklin, Maine
James Macdonald
Experience Level
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This is a five-day course ending on Friday

Whatever your experience, the intent of this class is to increase skill levels with hand and machine tools, and beyond that, to understand the nuances of the craft. Safety, planning the order of events, material flow, improvisational thinking, joinery, jig making, working solo, and more will be taught. Through ongoing discussions, we will also explore the “why” of woodworking that makes it such a satisfying way of spending our time. Although this is not a class in boatbuilding, it will certainly increase fluency in all aspects of working with wood, which can then be applied to building or restoring the floating craft of your dreams.

Through the week, students will take on the making of one or more small projects with one-on-one assistance from the instructor. The biggest products to take home will be increased knowledge and confidence in the wonderful craft of woodworking.

  • Who is this course best suited for?

    This course is appropriate for someone with little or no experience. The course
    is designed around the idea that you have not done this before or know very
    little about the subject. Students should pay more attention to suggested
    readings or videos to help familiarize themselves ahead of time.

    This course involves a low level of activity throughout the week including:
    occasional standing and working, seating is usually available, working on your
    own project at your own pace is common.

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