Events & Classes

Woodstock Woodworking Show
Sep
27
to Sep 29

Woodstock Woodworking Show

Steve and I are back at it again this year at the Woodstock Woodworking Show. This time we will be doing demos on making some woodworking hand tools. Here is how is breaks down:

Friday - Japanese-style planning board

Saturday - Japanese-style pull plane

Sunday - Plane adjusting hammer

There is nothing more gratifying than making your own woodworking tools so come on by and see what we’re up to. As well, visit the Woodstock Woodworking Show site for more info and to buy tickets in advance….see you there!

Check out Steve’s website here!!!

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The North of England Woodworking & Power Tool Show
Nov
15
to Nov 17

The North of England Woodworking & Power Tool Show

Happening in beautiful Harrogate, England, the North of England Woodworking & Power Tool Show will be in full swing and I’ll be there enjoying the ride. I’ll be in the Classic Hand Tools booth doing demonstrations, chatting about woodworking and having a blast so don’t miss out on this great event. Stop by to say hey and enjoy the show.

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Lee Valley Calgary - Build a Cajon
Sep
5
9:00 AM09:00

Lee Valley Calgary - Build a Cajon

I’ve noticed that many woodworkers are also musicians and it stand to reason that musical woodworkers would want to build their own instruments. Join me to build your own Cajon - a Peruvian style-drum that you sit on to play. Not a drummer? With a bit of extra hardware you can play another instrument like a guitar and lay down a beat with your feet. Sign up for this fun class that will teach you skills like working with plywood, using solid-wood edging and getting a great sound out of you drum. Visit the Lee Valley Tools Website for more info and to enrol.

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Lee Valley Edmonton - Build a Cajon
Sep
3
9:00 AM09:00

Lee Valley Edmonton - Build a Cajon

I’ve noticed that many woodworkers are also musicians and it stand to reason that musical woodworkers would want to build their own instruments. Join me to build your own Cajon - a Peruvian style-drum that you sit on to play. Not a drummer? With a bit of extra hardware you can play another instrument like a guitar and lay down a beat with your feet. Sign up for this fun class that will teach you skills like working with plywood, using solid-wood edging and getting a great sound out of you drum. Visit the Lee Valley Tools Website for more info and to enrol.

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Lee Valley Calgary - Make a Single-dovetailed Box
Aug
28
12:30 PM12:30

Lee Valley Calgary - Make a Single-dovetailed Box

I try to reuse and recycle as much paper because of course, I want more wood for building furniture. I designed this small, open box as a place for me to put scrap paper at my desk. It’s designed to hold 1/4 sheets of 8-1/2” x 11” paper but you can use it store anything from keys to guitar picks to…well…anything really. Check out the Lee Valley website for more info and to enrol.

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May
16
to May 19

Weekend with WOOD

Weekend With WOOD is our seventh annual educational conference for woodworkers of all skill levels, held in the shops and offices of WOOD magazine, 1716 Locust Street, in Des Moines, Iowa. All classes are taught by expert woodworkers including George Vondriska, Jim Heavey, Vic Tesolin, Jeff Miller, the WOOD editors, and many more. You choose your own slate of ten 90-minute class sessions from more than 50 subjects!

I will be teaching throughout the weekend. Here are the classes:

Achieving Success With Dovetails

Hand Plane Tune-up

Joinery Planes: A How-to

3 Hand-applied Finishes

Click here for more info on the classes.

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Fine Woodworking Live 2019
Apr
26
to Apr 28

Fine Woodworking Live 2019

  • Southbridge Hotel & Conference Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

For more than 40 years, Fine Woodworking has served and supported the community of passionate and engaged woodworkers. The magazine and website bring together the finest practitioners and those who seek to learn, improve their skills, and be inspired. Fine Woodworking LIVE 2019 gives you the opportunity to meet others who share those values.

Take Your Craft to the Next Level

Over the weekend, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from many woodworking masters. We’ve put together a full program of classroom instruction and technique demonstrations to help you expand your skills. I’ll be there hanging out in the Lee Valley booth answering questions and doing tool demos.

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Feb
22
to Feb 24

Toronto Woodworking Show

The Toronto Woodworking show is back! Canada’s newest consumer woodworking show celebrates everything to do with wood for hobbyist and professionals at the International Centre. Join me and Steve from Black Walnut Studio for a weekend of woodworking. We will be building a cool hand plane till with storage for saws and other woodworking tools. Like the other shows, we will be showing you how to do it live, passing on information on techniques and processes that we use in our own shops. Don’t miss a chance to hang out and learn some cool stuff with Steve and I.

Check out this link for more info and to buy tickets.

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Lee Valley - Make Your Own Wooden Mallet
Nov
22
3:00 PM15:00

Lee Valley - Make Your Own Wooden Mallet

  • 590 King Street West Toronto, ON, M5V 1M3 Canada (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Mallets are useful for everything from driving chisels, adjusting planes and assembling joints to shelling pecans. In this workshop, you will use solid construction techniques to make a classic hardwood mallet. You will be able to customize the mallet to your liking, including the weight of the head and length and shape of the handle. All tools and materials provided.

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Lee Valley - Make Your Own Traditional Wooden Hand Plane
Nov
22
to Nov 23

Lee Valley - Make Your Own Traditional Wooden Hand Plane

In this workshop, you will make a classic wooden plane in style of the renowned cabinetmaker, James Krenov. The first day will start with a brief overview of the history and design of wooden planes. Under supervision, you will use a variety of hand and power tools to create your own fully functional plane. The finished tool is not only unique and elegant it is also a practical tool that is a joy to use. Other topics for discussion will include material selection and tools specific to the plane maker’s trade. All tools and materials provided.

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Lee Valley - Make Your Own Mississippi Drum Machine
Nov
21
10:00 AM10:00

Lee Valley - Make Your Own Mississippi Drum Machine

The Mississippi drum machine or stomp box is a drum that you can operate with your feet and use while playing a guitar. It is also constructed in such a way that it gives off many different thumps and booms depending on the shoes and beat you play on it. In this session, you will make your own drum machine to take home. All tools and materials provided.

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Lee Valley - Make Your Own Cigar Box Guitar
Nov
19
to Nov 20

Lee Valley - Make Your Own Cigar Box Guitar

More than just a toy, a cigar box guitar is a three-stringed instrument that creates an amazing sound. This workshop will help you choose from a wide variety of cigar boxes and other found materials to make your own unique instrument. Don't be intimidated – these are easy and fun to make. All tools and materials provided.

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Oct
20
to Nov 1

Veritas Downunder Tour

Vic Tesolin - Veritas expert and author of the ‘Minimalist Woodworker’ and Wally Wilson - Lee Valley senior manager, are visiting Australia to give Veritas demos around the country.

Come and see how Veritas design and manufacture their range of innovative hand tools and understand why Veritas has become such a well-loved global brand. Watch Vic conduct a comprehensive hand tool demonstration featuring a range of Veritas’s premium products including marking out tools, hand saws, bench planes, chisels, and the MKII honing guide. Discuss the differences between products and learn how to choose the best tool for you. These events are free and conclude with a Q&A session and refreshments. Check out the website for more info!

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Wood Dust - The Australian International Timber and Woodworking Festival
Oct
17
to Oct 20

Wood Dust - The Australian International Timber and Woodworking Festival

I'm really stoked to be a part of Wood Dust down under in Bungendore & Queanbeyan NSW. Here is what the organizers say about the event: 

Wood Dust promises you a rich program that includes talks and masterclasses by leading Australian and international craftspeople, an exhibition of fine woodwork at the Bungendore Woodworks Gallery, a tool marketplace featuring visiting tool makers from around the globe and of course some country hospitality. Wood Dust is a destination event. Make the journey to the Australian woodworking heartland and embrace the experience.

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Woodstock Woodworking Show
Sep
28
to Sep 30

Woodstock Woodworking Show

  • Woodstock Fairgrounds 875 Nellis St, Woodstock (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join me and my good friend Steve Der-Garabedian as we build the side table featured in Canadian Woodworking & Home Improvement magazine. You can even fill out a ballot to for a chance to win the finish table. Check out the website for more info and we’ll see you there.

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Fine Woodworking Live
Apr
20
to Apr 22

Fine Woodworking Live

This is a fun event! This year I will be in the Veritas booth answering questions and chatting about my favourite subject, woodworking. Stop and say hi, try some tools and shoot the breeze. Here is what FWW says about the event:

Fine Woodworking LIVE is where expert woodworking instructors share their knowledge, history, and tricks of the trades with an engaged, passionate audience of woodworking enthusiasts. Our 2017 event sold out and was such a success that we’re bringing it back in 2018. Fine Woodworking LIVE 2018 will happen in the same location but with a whole new line-up of courses, along with some new faces.

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Kingston Wood Artisans - Symposium 2018
Apr
7
9:00 AM09:00

Kingston Wood Artisans - Symposium 2018

I'm happy to be back at this great little event! The KWA Symposium has been growing steadily every year and I'm proud to say that I've been a part of it from the beginning. It's a full day of woodworking, fellowship and fun in beautiful Kingston, ON. I'll be doing a lecture on the Basics of Inlay and there will be many other talented woodworkers lecturing and sharing their passions for wood. Here is what the organizers have to say about the event:

The event you’ve been waiting for all year is fast approaching.  Kingston Wood Artisans Symposium 2018 will prove to be even better than ever, with a broader variety of presenters, more raffle prizes, and with both of our Platinum-level sponsors Fuji Industrial Spray Equipment Ltd. and Robert Bury & Associates on hand to answer any questions you may have of them and the extensive array of products they carry.  And of course, having a full day of sharing camaraderie with others who love working with wood.

Why not head to Kingston and spend the day submerged in all-things woodworking? I hope to see you there. 

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Lee Valley Seminar (Ottawa) - Beginner Sharpening
Apr
5
5:30 PM17:30

Lee Valley Seminar (Ottawa) - Beginner Sharpening

Being able to achieve sharp edges reliably is crucial, especially when using bevel-up planes. Vic Tesolin will guide you through getting sharp edges on your hand plane blades and chisels using the Veritas Mk.II honing guide. The guide is designed to work with wide, narrow, straight or skewed blades and will give you consistently excellent results. Bring a plane blades or chisels to practise on. You will be pleased with how little time it takes to get an edge sharp and to get back to woodworking. All sharpening materials supplied.

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Lee Valley Seminar (Ottawa) - Beginner Bench Planes - SOLD OUT
Mar
22
5:30 PM17:30

Lee Valley Seminar (Ottawa) - Beginner Bench Planes - SOLD OUT

Vic Tesolin will discuss various bench planes and their uses in the workshop. You will have the opportunity to learn the proper grip, stance and techniques to successfully handle various types of bench planes, including jack, smoother, jointer and low-angle block plane. Other topics will include holding the workpiece, which direction to plane, the use of a shooting board, and the fine-tuning and maintenance of hand planes and scrapers. All tools and materials supplied.

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Hamilton Wood Show
Feb
23
to Feb 25

Hamilton Wood Show

  • Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join myself and Steven Der-Garabedian from Black Walnut Studio as we work together to build a curved front wall-hanging cabinet. We will be breaking down the whole build into small chunks to deliver lectures on. You'll learn everything from plane set-up to bent-lamination veneering. Keep an eye on this site as more information becomes available.

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Have a seat!
Dec
9
to Dec 10

Have a seat!

It’s generally accepted that when two or more people are seated communally on a bench, everyone becomes an equal. Seated at the same height and even sharing the same support structure provides an even ground for discussion, debate or even silence. The two-person bench that you will build in this class is based on a bench found in the dining hall of the Snow Hill Nunnery, featured in the book We Sit Together by Francis Cape. I will guide you through the building of this mid-nineteenth century bench using hand tools. You will also be working without numbers or measuring – a technique known as referential building. When you learn to free yourself from numbers, it’s amazing how much easier woodworking can become. Click here for more info!!!!!

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Cigar Box Guitar
Oct
27
to Oct 28

Cigar Box Guitar

Join me for a two-day class on how to make a 3-string cigar box guitar(CBG) at the Scarborough location of Lee Valley Tools. Using simple materials and some imagination, we will build a fantastic instrument together that is a lot of fun to make. The CBG will even have pick-ups to you can plug into an amplifier to really rock out. Don't worry if you feel you don't have musical talent, these guitars are easy to play and sound great.

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Build a Bongo Cajon
Oct
26
9:30 AM09:30

Build a Bongo Cajon

A bongo cajon is a small Peruvian-style drum that is fun to make and even more fun to play. Join me as we make this drum from high-quality Baltic birch plywood. We will discuss various ways to finish the drum and you'll even get a beginner lesson on how to play it. 

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Jul
10
to Jul 14

Rosewood Studio - Excellence with Hand Tools

Well developed hand tool skills are essential to efficiently creating fine furniture in the small shop, and are one of the great pleasures of making furniture as an avocation. With today’s emphasis on speed and instant gratification, many woodworkers have developed proficiency with power tools without learning the benefits and acquiring the skills of hand tool use. This course is designed to help you develop or improve these skills, which are intrinsic to the type of carefully made, high quality furniture we strive to create.

 In the first course in our Craftsmanship series, we cover in depth the preparation and use of hand tools basic to the craft of furniture making. In a small shop, as opposed to a factory environment, use of hand tools is often more efficient than doing the required machine set up to produce results of comparable accuracy, to say nothing of lesser health risks and savings in space and machinery costs.

  We work with students to develop their skills in preparing and using hand planes to produce beautiful surfaces ready for finish without the mess, cost and health risks involved in working through successive grits of sandpaper. We delve into the differences between various hand planes available to today’s craftsmen, and how they affect the performance of the tools. You’ll learn to sharpen and tune your planes to maximize their performance, and various means of getting a keen edge on irons quickly and efficiently. We go through a similar process with all of the basic hand tools used in the making of fine furniture, including chisels, scrapers, spokeshaves, hand saws and layout, marking and measuring tools.

  By the end of the week, we pull it all together and have you hand cutting through dovetails. Along the way we’ll explore the physical nature and working properties of wood, a key to understanding what is and isn’t possible in building with this versatile yet at times frustrating material.
www.rosewoodstudio.com

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May
21
8:00 AM08:00

Weekend with Wood

HAND PLANES 101

150 years ago, hand planes would have been commonplace in all wood shops around the world. There were planes for flattening, smoothing, shaping and joinery cutting. With so many planes how is a woodworker to know what to use? Vic will guide you through the myriad of planes available to modern woodworkers and show you how to use many of them. He will also show you how hand planes can save you time and money in your shop as well as a whole host of tips and tricks that will help you succeed with tools without cords.

MEASURE TWICE...CUT ONCE

Of all the important, fundamental skills required to work wood, perhaps the most overlooked are solid marking and measuring skills.  In this class, Vic will teach you the tricks he’s learned over the years including working without numbers, and pencil and marking-knife techniques. He’ll also go over his essential marking and measuring tool list, take you through the various types of tools available to you and explain how to use them most effectively.

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May
19
to May 20

Handworks 2017

For the third time, join modern woodworking hand tool makers and fellow enthusiasts for a weekend immersion in all things handwork. Unplug from the world of machines, dust and noise while listening to the crisp sounds of the hand plane, chisel and saw in a restored timber-frame dairy barn in the traditional, historic German village of Amana.

Ask the makers about their tools and learn first hand how hand tools make woodworking more precise, easier, more enjoyable, and more meaningful.

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