Over the course of the two days, Sam will guide you through a series of joints designed to develop your woodworking hand skills.
Sharpening and tool maintenance
Correct and safe use of saws and chisels
Three joints including the Halving, Bridle, and Mortice & Tenon
Posture – how body and hand position can be used to develop strength, control, and finesse.
Accurate measuring and marking
Japanese vs western saws
What is Joinery?
Joinery is simply connecting two or more pieces of wood together by cutting away material to create shapes that fit into each other. This is highly skilled work when done by hand, less so when done by machine. By the end of the course, you should have a better understanding of how to frame a table, chair, bench or door.
Taking Your Skills Further
If you have enjoyed your first foray into hand-cut joinery you will love the Dovetail Weekender where we learn how to make the joints used in boxes, drawers and high-end cabinets. These are deeply satisfying and guaranteed to impress your friends and family.
No introduction to woodwork is complete with talking about woodworking tools. The joints taught in this module are the same joints woodworkers have been making for more than 4000 years. During that time tools have improved, becoming highly specialised for cutting wood, which means we are able to be super accurate in our work.
We have a full kit of top quality modern and antique tools for the use of our students. We also have links to very good suppliers so we can point you to the right place when the time comes to buy your own.
You’ll find a list of reputable tool suppliers here. We recommend them on the basis of the service we have received and the quality of their products.
We have no interest in helping massive organisations to sell you stuff you do not want. Ok