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Forging for Woodworkers

  • July 24, 2015
  • September 06, 2015
  • Los Angeles, CA

The Forging for Woodworkers

DATE: July 24-25, August 7-8, September 4-5

FEE: each class is $220


In this series of classes we will create many of the specialized tools typically used by woodworkers. 

Each class is a standalone class, and students can pick and choose which classes they would like to take. 

My thought is to offer the classes in order that the tools would be needed to create an imaginary woodworking project. 

Classes in the series will involve the creation of such things as forestry tools, splitting tools, hewing tools, draw knives, holdfasts, plane blades, then on to paring chisels, and fine carving chisels.

Class #4 is making a Bowl Adze
DATE: Friday - Sept. 4th, Saturday - Sept. 5th



This is an advanced beginning skill level and above classDiscovery Day++

The Adze: is used to shape and trim timber. It is capable of removing large amounts of wood quickly. 

Specialized adzes such as the Bowl Adze with a highly pronounced curvature to the cutting edge.

And are meant for hollowing tasks such as when making bowls, troughs, chair seats and gutters.​

The #3 class will be making beveled edge paring chisels
Aug 7-8

Bevel Edge Chisels

The name is typically given to normal wood chisels or firmer chisels with blades that are bevelled on the long edges. These bevels make the blade less strong compared to a straight edge chisel but in return allow for better clearance when trimming joints such as dovetails. In terms of general woodworking, a good set of bevel edge chisels should probably be close to the top of anybody's tool list.

The #2 class will be making a Froe and  a Drawknife
DATE: July 24-25


A froe or shake axe is a tool for cleaving wood by splitting it along the grain.

It is an L-shaped tool, used by hammering one edge of its blade into the end of a piece of wood in the direction of the grain, then twisting the blade in the wood by rotating the haft.

A froe uses the haft as a lever to multiply the force upon the blade, allowing wood to be torn apart.   


A drawknife (drawingknife, drawshave, shavingknife) is a traditional woodworking tool used to shape wood by removing shavings.

It consists of a blade with a handle at each end.

The blade is much longer (along the cutting edge) than it is deep (from cutting edge to back edge). It is pulled or "drawn" (hence the name) toward the user.

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