Tools for Working Wood

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Summer 2017 quarter (First Session)

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This is an introductory course on hand tools, their history, fabrication and habits of mind necessary for their effective use. We will examine the cultural history, design and function of traditional woodworking hand tools used in craft traditions of Europe, North America and Asia. Students will be introduced to craft philosophy and methods of tool use of western and eastern traditions. We will examine and practice the application of mindful awareness to facilitate an increased focus of attention to the application of control and power from the body, through the hands, and tools themselves, maximizing precision and effectiveness in our work. Students will make at least two heirloom quality hand tools of their own, an English bow saw, and a wood bodied hand plane. Other additional options can be a card scraper, a mallet, and a marking gauge. Advanced students, may also fabricate a tool box designed to store their growing collection of hand tools.

Program Details

Fields of Study

visual arts

Preparatory For

Artisan furniture making and sculpture.


Summer Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

Tuesday and Thursday evenings 5:30 to 9:30 PM.

Online Learning

No Required Online Learning


$80 for supplies needed to produce required projects.