Introduction to Woodworking
Understanding wood and woodworking techniques with an emphasis on hand tool usage.
- Bill Thomas—July 28–August 3
Note: This is a five-day course ending Friday afternoon.
Over the years we’ve seen individuals arrive on our campus to participate in a boatbuilding class who have little or no woodworking experience. They often feel intimidated when picking up a tool to use for the first time, especially in a setting where there are accomplished woodworkers working alongside. We know for a fact that individuals who do possess previous hand tool experience have the potential to gain so much more from our boatbuilding classes.
This introductory course offers a place for folks of all skill levels to learn from a seasoned craftsman, Bill Thomas. Bill has been a self-employed woodworker and designer for more than 30 years. He’s delved into everything from house carpentry, cabinet, and furniture work to high-end boat joinery. And Bill has been teaching woodworking and boatbuilding for nearly 25 years.
Each day, Bill will cover numerous lessons in tool selection and capabilities; hand tool usage and maintenance; tool sharpening; proper layout procedures; shop safety; power tools; and lots of woodworking techniques that will serve you well in future endeavors. Everyone will also learn a lot about wood itself, how it works, and what to look for in selecting a species for a particular purpose. Glues, epoxy, and fastenings will be covered as well. The focus of the entire week will be introducing students to the tools and techniques common to all types of woodworking and joinery, in addition to a look at boat-related projects. Each student will undertake the design and construction of their own tool box during this week.
Whether you have had some type of formal woodworking experience or have never had the opportunity to try your hand with woodworking tools, you will gain much from this course with Bill Thomas. This week will prove to be an excellent preparation for a basic boatbuilding course or for your own home projects. It’s also a great opportunity to work alongside a very talented craftsmen who has plenty to share.
Bill Thomas is a sterling individual. Very knowledgeable, approachable, and patient. I look forward to future friendship and courses with Bill and WoodenBoat School.”
Bill Thomas is a top-notch instructor; very kind, thoughtful and made the course most enjoyable.”