I’ll be heading back to my Alma mater to teach a cool new class that is debuting at Rosewood Studio called “When East Meets West”. In short, it is a tool making class that starts making a unique wooden plane, but that is just the beginning. Check out the course here and sign up! As always, it’s going to be a blast!
There is really nothing as gratifying as making your own woodworking tools. Making tools used to be part of a woodworker’s life but it happens less often in these modern times. Join Vic Tesolin for a four–day course on making your own tools.
It all starts with making a smoothing plane that you pull instead of push. Vic has developed this design by combining the function of a Japanese plane, and blending the construction styles of both a Krenovian plane with an old English plane. The result is a plane that is relatively easy to make and a joy to use.
While the glue dries on your plane, Vic will then take you through the construction of a wooden plane adjusting hammer. Made from strong hardwood, this mallet is prefect for adjusting the blade as well as setting the wedge.
Finally, you will finish off the class with the construction of a Dovetail box perfect for storing your new plane. You will learn valuable tips and tricks on how to cut these joints efficiently and effectively. You’ll also have a chance to give your freshly made plane a workout. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn how to make your own tools and increase your hand tool skills.
Most people are familiar with bench planes because their silhouette has become synonymous with woodworking. However, tools like the plow, rebate and shoulder planes are some the hardest working planes. These joinery tools can be used in almost any shop environment and often will outperform many expensive power tools with more control and less dust. Vic Tesolin will take you through a variety of joinery planes including what they are used for, how to set them up and show you some of the techniques needed to use them properly.
Veritas/Lee Valley design and manufacture their extensive range of innovative hand tools and are a well–loved global woodworking brand. Vic Tesolin will conduct a comprehensive hand tool demonstration featuring a range of their products including marking out tools, hand saws, bench planes, chisels, and the MKII honing guide.
We will discuss the differences between products and learn how to choose the best tool for you.
Vic Tesolin, author of The Minimalist Woodworker and Content & Brand Specialist at Lee Valley Tools offer a day of all things tool-related.
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
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.
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.
While it may seem too large to use, you can make useful wooden tools with an axe. You will learn how to carve of a spoon with an axe out of softwood. Wood choice, as well as options for finishing for your spoon will be discussed. All tools and materials provided.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
North America’s best woodworking educational event is back for another year, with more classes and instructors then ever. Join us in our classrooms and shops in Des Moines, Iowa, to sharpen your woodworking chops and talk shop with fellow woodworkers from all over the country. Learn more about Weekend With WOOD.
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.
Join me at Rosewood Studio for the class that got it all started for me, Excellence with Hand Tools. It's always a joy to return to my alma mater to teach and as with all my classes, it's going to be a lot of fun. Check out the description here and sign up!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!!
You don't need a ton of space and tool in order to woodworker. I'll be talking about my meagre beginnings full of small shops and no room for power tools. You'll learn that all you need is a desire to make things and few tools to get started. Click here for more info!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vic Tesolin honed his approach to furniture making in a one-car garage, where there just wasn’t room for big machines. He’ll share what he’s learned about working in a small space, relying on hand tools and a few machines (like a bandsaw). He’ll also offer some advice on how to choose tools for the minimalist approach, and demonstrate how to cut a few joints.
Six excellent presenters, Gallery of work done by the Presenters, KWA Members and invited guests from the Kingston Woodturners Association and the Ottawa Woodworkers Association, free Morning Coffee & Donuts and Lunch, Door prizes exceeding $2,500, Sponsors on site … and sharingcamaraderie with those who love working with wood.
The Jack - The Hand Tool Workhorse
There are few tools in the hand tool stable that are as versatile as The Jack. It is just the right size for a whole host of tasks at the bench and is the first hand tool anyone should own. Vic Tesolin will take you through a brief history, talk about the different types available and how to set them up for ultimate success.
A cajón is a Peruvian box-shaped drum that you sit on to play. Vic Tesolin will take you through the steps to make your own drum. He will help you size your drum and guide you through the plywood and hardwood construction. Vic will also show you how to expand the sound with an optional snare. All tools and materials provided.
Dovetails are thought of as being difficult to cut and fit and because of that, there is hesitation in the beginner woodworker to incorporate them into their design. In reality, with a little patience and practise (and the Veritas® Dovetail Guide!), they aren't beyond the beginner. Vic Tesolin will guide you through the making of a cherry dovetailed box. Approximately 8"x10"x4", the box will incorporate a hinged lid and an applied bottom, making it ideal for keepsakes. During the class, you will learn how to install hinges, use a hand plane, cut dovetails (with and without a jig) and apply a simple wax finish. All tolls and materials will be provided.