Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Preserving the Tradition


Hand Cut Dovetails - Fall 2011

Jim Tolpin's Demo Dovetails
We've been further developing our ideas about hand tool woodworking - every time we teach a class we learn more about the techniques. The questions students ask force us to clarify our thinking and understanding of the theory and practice. Dovetails are a case in point - Jim's exploration of the artisanal techniques of design and layout lead quick ways of using dividers to figure out the spacing of dovetails - no need for maths here.

We've also been looking at the difference a sharp saw makes - Jim spends time before these classes making sure that the saws are really sharp. Sharpness and quick layout - both factors significantly increase the efficiency of working with hand tools.

Now the slideshow: