Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Preserving the Tradition

Decorative Details with Garrett Hack


Decorative Details

Garrett Hack



Over three millennia ago Egyptian craftsmen were decorating their work with inlays of small intricate patterns of ebony, ivory, and other exotic materials. We will learn the same technique, after first making some of the necessary tools — micro chisels and scratch stocks.

This weekend class will cover delicate string or line inlays, larger surface inlays such as panels, making and inlaying patterned bandings, and using non-wood materials such as silver and shell. We will also focus on complementary decorative edges, side beads and proud cockbeads used to highlight the edge of a table apron or drawer.

We will work almost entirely by hand, so naturally sharpening, tuning , and using hand tools will be an important emphasis. Students will work on sample boards to practice designing and using these decorative techniques.


No tools are required for this course.  Please feel free to use the school's tools. If you are planning to bring your own tools, we suggest reading Garrett's Hand Tool Recommendations.


You should have some woodworking experience. This class should not be your first time working with hand tools. If you have self studied and completed many of the projects in Jim Tolpin's "The New Traditional Woodworker" or have taken hand tool classes elsewhere or have other equivalent experience then this will be a great class for you.

Class Information and Registration

Class runs from 9:00am to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday in Building #315.

Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the school.

Please also read our Registration Policy.

Class size: 10
Cost: $ 325
Materials Charge: 
$ 50

When you click on the Register link you will be able to register for the class or, if the class is full, sign up for the wait list.