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First Woodworking Class

This last weekend I traveled just north of Waco, TX to attend a woodworking class at Homestead Heritage. What an amazing little community. They are self-sufficient and teach several different classes to help others be the same. I took the first woodworking class (Joinery I: Woodworking with Hand Tools), which I hope will be the first of many classes I take there. They taught us how to make three of the most important joins in woodworking: the dado, dovetail and the mortise and tenon. We used a hammer, chisel, saw and our hands during the class. No power tools at all.

It was amazing. Here are a few pictures:

One of the buildings at Homestead Heritage

This is me practicing my sawing skills

My love, showing off her amazing dado!

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  • Jc Wooten November 3, 2011, 11:38 pm

    I recently visited there for a day trip. I feel in love with that place. Plan on returning more often. Will have to look into taking some classes.

  • Lisa November 4, 2011, 8:57 am

    Working with hand tools in this class was very enjoyable. I found that it really enhances the experience when I shift my project focus from speed of completion to quality of craftsmanship. Sure, power tools are fast, and fun, and they have their advantages, but I don’t think it’s possible to have the kind of soul-satisfying experience with them that working with hand tools can provide.

    Working with the hand tools let me put more of me into the project. I enjoyed having a closer connection with the materials, and that led to a fuller awareness of the woodworking experience itself. It’s was more personal, working WITH the wood instead of against it. No need to insulate myself from the project with goggles or ear protection. A more minimalist experience than I’d ever had before, when working with wood. It was just us, a couple of well-made tools, and the wood. A very satisfying experience.

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