One of my favourite things to do in the shop is make tools out of wood. I’ve made more wooden planes than I care to admit to but I’ve learned a lot from those builds. I’ve certainly developed preferences about the use of adjusters, species of wood and style of planes.
After learning to make Japanese planes from a friend who studies in Japan, I realized that I could pull other techniques I’ve learned from other builds into the construction of a Japanese-style plane. Using techniques like cold-press laminations (from a Krenov-style plane) and abutments (from an English-style plane) to make a pull plane makes the process a bit easier and therefore attainable for the beginner hand tool making woodworker.
I’ll be giving a workshop at the Centre for Fine Woodworking in Nelson, New Zealand from the 13th to the 16th of August so that you can make your very own plane in a class called “When East Meets West”. During the plane glue-ups, instead of drinking coffee, we will set to work on building a wooden adjusting hammer so you have a suitable tool to adjust your new plane. Then, to top it all off, I will guide you through the making of an elegant, dovetailed box to house your new plane. You’ll even get to test out your new plane during the making of the box!
This course is chock full of skills and techniques that you will be able to use in all matters of woodworking.
It promises to be action packed, fun week that will end with two shorter courses on the weekend. On the 17th, you’ll be learning how to get the most from your bench planes and on the 18th I will be talking about Veritas as a company as well as a set of demos featuring some of the tools in the Veritas line.
So if you live In New Zealand or are willing to travel, head for the South Island to one of the most picturesque woodworking schools I’ve ever been to.