Hand Tool Woodworking

Why Use Hand Tools?

Working by hand allows you to feel and understand the nature and grain of wood. We believe woodworkers should start their journey to craftsmanship by learning to use hand tools. Like a musician, precision and fluency come from a combination of good technique and practice.

We teach traditional techniques, refined by our experience, for the selection, use, sharpening and maintenance of hand tools, joinery, furniture making, and finishing.

Hand Tool Woodworking Series

Week-Long Hand Tool Series:

  1. Hand Tool Heaven: Working with Saws & Planes

  2. Hand Tool Heaven: Joinery with Saws & Chisels

  3. Hand Tool Heaven: Joinery Intensive

  4. Table from Rough Boards, Traditional Traveling Tool Chest, Traditional Wall Cabinet, and Build a Side Table

Weekend Beginning Hand Tool Series:

  1. Hand Saw Essentials

  2. Hand Plane Essentials

  3. Hand Cut Dovetails

  4. Hand Cut Mortise and Tenon

Hand Tool Heaven and the Weekend Hand Tool classes are developed and designed by Jim Tolpin and Matthew Straughn-Morse. The instructors are Steve Eastwood, Matthew Straughn-Morse and Raphael Berrios. Each course may be taken separately; however, we recommend the weekend courses as a series.  Five to eight days of basic hand tool instruction is recommended before attempting the more advanced courses. Call or email for more information. 


Jim Tolpin's Weekend Hand Tool Series

Our weekend Hand Tool Woodworking Series was created by Jim Tolpin.  Jim's easing into retirement, but not to worry! Steve Eastwood and Raphael Berrios are carrying on with Jim's curriculum.


Hand Tool Heaven: 
Working with Saws and Planes

Steve Eastwood
5 Days, Level 1

Get the foundations of hand tool woodworking in a single class. Based on Jim Tolpin’s book “The New Traditional Woodworker.”
+Details & Registration

Hand Tool Heaven: 
Joinery with Saws and Chisels

5 Days, Level 1

This class expands on those basic skills with an introduction to the essential joinery techniques you'll need to start building projects and furniture. Learn the fundamentals of layout, sawing, and chisel work.
+Details & Registration

Joinery classes 

Specialty Hand Tool Woodworking