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Virtual Handtool School

November 5, 2010

I wanted to take a quick second to mention something that those of you who may be looking to learn or improve you handtool skills should be interested in. It is the Hand Tool Online School being published by Shannon the Renaissance Woodworker. Although the site does have a “school” theme it is more of a collection of videos arranged in a way to build you skills by slowly presenting several skills and techniques that eventually result in a completed project. However it is a bit more than just videos. It also includes access to the assistance of both Shannon and the community when you run into a problem. Also he is working on having live learning sessions from time to time. All very cool stuff in my opinion.

For example thus far in the first semester Shannon has published videos discussing no nonsense sharpening, basic milling, and sawing. These videos have resulted in a set of winding sticks and a saw bench built using nothing but a VERY basic set of handtools. I understand that this “semester” will complete with a small tool cabinet!

What I enjoy about the school this far is Shannon’s less talk, more work approach. He believes that it is just as important to get in the shop and try techniques and spending less time searching the Internet for the “best” way to do something or thinking that you cannot build something because you don’t have a specialty tool.

Needless to say, I signed up for it. For less than $15 USD per month I consider it a steal. I think he still has an example video that you can watch at his site. Enjoy and maybe I will see you there!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 20, 2010 6:24 am

    James, thanks for the post. What a great testimonial! I’m happy to have you, now I have to figure out what to teach you with you already cutting dovetails like your are. Way to get Schwarz’d by the way!

    • November 20, 2010 6:51 am

      Let’s just chalk those dovetails up to beginners luck. Not to mention they look 10 pounds heavier on camera helping to hide the gaps! 😉

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