Hand tool shop classes

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What to expect

My shop is located on a quiet rural setting in Minnesota, just 35 miles North of Minneapolis/St­.Paul. The shop has wood floors, is heated and has air conditioning. Class size will be a maximum of 8 people so students are assured of getting enough time with the instructor. The shop will open at 8:15 am with classes starting at 8:30. On the first day you will select a bench which will have your materials and notes for your project on it. Materials preparation will be done ahead of time for you so we can get started right away. During the course of the class I will try to find out what tools and equipment you have at home so you can better use what you have or focus on what you want to acquire. You will work at your own speed. If you prefer to get your own materials I will provide you with a cut list. Lumber must be dimensioned and ready to go. No spalted or rotten wood, no inclusions of stone or metal, domestic species only. We will go over sharpening methods for hand tools. We will cover safety practices in the shop and for the machines we use. Beverages and light snacks will be available throughout the day. A tasty cold cut lunch will be provided at 12:00. You may work quietly with hand tools during the lunch break. Classes will resume at 1:00 and end at 4:30. You may work unsupervised with hand tools until 6:00pm when the shop will be closed. My goal is to provide a relaxed learning environment where you can have fun, make new friends and develop new skills. Let us know if you have any special needs.

About Mike

I am a life long woodworker; I learned by trial and error, reading, on the job training and taking classes. I believe that the best way to develop your skills as a woodworker is to immerse yourself in the craft with skilled people to guide you along the way. I am thankful to the many people who shared their skills and knowledge with me. I have a B.S. degree in Industrial Education; I have worked as a house carpenter and in millwork and fixture shops, run my own cabinet and furniture shop, and worked as a restoration furniture maker on 18th century American furniture. I am the chapter secretary for The Minnesota Chapter of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and a member of the Minnesota Woodworkers Guild. I also sell clock movements for 18th century style tall clocks. I am pleased to offer these classes as a way to pass along my knowledge and love of the craft of woodworking.

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