Toolmaking for Woodworking

with 

Med Chandler

Class runs: June 23-26

Tuition: $650

Material fee: $50

Skill level: Seasoned beginner and up

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       In this workshop we will look at how to make tools that you will be happy using with a focus of improving hand-hammering skills. Using mainly the hammer and anvil, we will look at what techniques to use to become efficient at toolmaking, we will discuss what makes a good looking tool versus a well-functioning one. For some class projects we will start by forging some bench tools like dividers, squares, bench dogs, and then move into edge tools such as chisels, drawknives, axes or adzes.  We will cover laminated edge tools as well as solid steel ones. By the end of this class you will not only have some tools to use but the skills to make other tools on your own. 

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Med Chandler lives in Lyman, New Hampshire where he runs his shop, Ship’s Coy Forge which he opened in 2010 specializing in hand forged tools for boat builders, timber framers and other craftsmen. Med has a background in 18th and 19th century reproduction/restoration ironwork as well as traditional wooden ship building, restoration and sailing. Med enjoys the fact that the tools and hardware he makes will stand the test of time and be passed down to future generations.

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