Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Preserving the Tradition


Handcut Dovetails - Winter 2012

What a pleasure to teach this class! Students from Austin and the Bay Area joined a crew of Washington based woodworking enthusiasts.

All the students made great progress over the weekend - we covered precision sawing, saw sharpening, paring, chisel sharpening. layout, dovetail geometry and made dovetails in a variety of woods. A couple of the students had made dovetails before but all were uncertain and thirsty for direction.

I was very impressed by the quality of the dovetail joints produced by the end of the weekend. Everybody got, and I know will practice, the need for precision sawing with a sharp western style saw.