Structured Fine Woodworking – What to Expect
What will I be doing, if I attend a H&Co Structured Fine Woodworking Course?
Sharpening and Tool Tuning:
Learn to fine-tune your tools to work to precision. Students are introduced to methods of sharpening and the subsequent importance of having not only razor sharp tools but also finely set equipment.
Students are then busy practicing simple methods marking out in the manufacture of a set of three marking gauges. In the process of producing these wooden tools, students start to refine their ability to set and apply a hand plane to make a set of faceted parts that comprise the precision locking assembly of each marking gauge.
Splined Bread Board:
As the students start to develop their skills and confidence we offer a progression into more complex and challenging tasks. The splined breadboard is no exception, although seemingly simple, students find out very quickly that the processes involved in its assembly require a considerable amount of precision with a hand plane.
Mallet & Wooden Try Square:
Students complete a number of exercises in the first semester that educate but also assist in their collecting of important tools. A mallet and try square are two of these. Both of these are an introduction to a separate fundamental woodworking joint.
The stool combines a range of skills practiced in exercises leading up to this one project, including; hand cut mortise and tenon, lap joinery, widening joint and shaping and tapering using a range of techniques.
Scandinavian Work Stands:
The Semester long course is concluded with a set of work stands. This last project combines skills developed throughout the semester, but requires extra care in precision as the joinery is now not only more complicated, but is also dry (without glue). The pair of work stands incorporate Japanese style techniques utilising wedges to hold the structure together, but also affording the stand s to be disassembled at anytime.
Through out the semester, there is opportunities to personalise each project however it is emphasised that each exercise is to develop skill.
Where is the Machine Room tuition/safety?
Students have very little need for machine use, as all stock is selected and prepped ready for each student to participate in each practical lesson. In early woodworking, machines can be a distraction from precision and often encourage a compulsion to cut corners. For this reason tutors limit student access to machines and encourage hand skills, so that our student learn to crawl before they run. Students will learn to use machines after completing a year with us.