Understanding Hand Tools – W1115-19

Date: Aug 12 - 16, 2019

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Philip C. Lowe

Tuition: $975
Studio Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $45


Discover the secrets of woodworking hand tools. This workshop is a must for those interested in making the finest woodwork and furniture. Hand tools such as planes, chisels, scrapers and marking gauges only perform well when they are tuned, sharpened and adjusted correctly. Faculty shows participants how to accomplish these tasks and more, so that working with these tools becomes a pleasure.

Media & Techniques:

Students work with domestic species of hard and soft wood. Sharpening planes, chisels and scrapers are reviewed. The workshop reviews using a hand plane to flatten a board straight and square, as well as marking and layout of joinery. Students put their tools to work by laying out and cutting mortise and tenons, miters and dovetail joints.


Participants learn proper use of scrapers, hand saws, chisels and hand planes while cutting edge joints. Plenty of independent work time and faculty-led demonstrations and discussions are provided.


Philip C. Lowe is the owner and director of the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts and has been involved with woodworking since 1968. He is the author of many articles and is featured in videos with Fine Woodworking Magazine. His teaching experience includes ten years as an instructor at Boston’s North Bennet Street School. In 2005 Phil received the Cartouche Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Society of American Period Furniture Makers, and was also was chosen in 2010 for the “Artisanship Award” bestowed by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.


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