The “Hard Way” Makes You A Better Woodworker

Do You Want to Learn How to Use Hand Tools?

The Hand Tool School is an Online Woodworking School that's like a virtual apprenticeship that teaches how to use hand tools and to build furniture with traditional methods. We have online courses but also offer coaching and one on one help via our Apprenticeship program and our vibrant online community.  I firmly believe that adding fundamental hand techniques to your skill set will make you a better woodworker. A woodworker not tied to machine capacity limits, fences, and jigs but able to saw to a line and plane and chisel with precision is not limited in any way.

I’m not a purist that feels no power tools should be used, but embracing a hand tooled approach might surprise you by just how little those machines actually are needed.

I am always open for questions so drop me a line via the Contact form on the About page or check out my FAQs​

There is a Something for Every Woodworker Looking to Improve their Skills


No matter your level of experience or your learning style, you can find your path with my Semesters, Projects, or Apprenticeship coaching

Heck, even if you use power tools you can find something that can improve your woodworking!​

Semesters


These offer a structured, step by step series of lessons and projects for a truly comprehensive learning experience​.  Following a semester curriculum will teach you new techniques and cement them with applied exercises

An Introductory Hand Tool Woodworking Course Build a Workbench, Gather the Starting Tools You Need, Build a Tool Box to Hold them all Build Skills that will launch a lifelong love of Hand Tool Woodworking

Starting at: $125.00
Add to Cart

Build Your Fundamental Hand Tool Skills& Make Yourself a Better WoodworkerSemester 1 is an introductory hand tool woodworking online course and assumes no prior woodworking experience.  It will take a small kit of tools and…

Starting at: $175.00
Add to Cart

Throw Your Woodworking a CurveSemester 2 represents another step forward in our hand tool journey. After a whirlwind tour of basic milling and joinery it is time to think outside the straight lines and add…

Starting at: $125.00
Add to Cart

Starting at: $125.00
Add to Cart

Starting at: $125.00
Add to Cart

Starting at: $125.00
Add to Cart

Starting at: $150.00
Add to Cart

The hand tool school has been an amazing resource. The first few semesters are a video anthology of how to accomplish any task by hand. I used to dread sawing by hand and was totally incapable of getting square cuts. With Shannon’s (video) tutelage, I’m a confident sawyer and repeat the Hand Tool School mantra to everyone:

If you can see the line, you can saw to the line.

Martin S 
Member Since 2014

Apprenticeship

If you are looking to take your skills to the next level or wanting guidance on a specific project or technique, this woodworking coaching model can help you set goals and give you a personalized learning path.

Supercharge Your Hand Tool Skills With Personalized InstructionVideo lessons and applied projects will get you started, but what about taking that next step towards hand tool woodworking nirvana? After years of running The Hand Tool…

Starting at: $30.00
Add to Cart

Projects


These give you a highly detailed look at a specific project and how it is built entirely by hand.  An excellent look at applied hand tool woodworking and plenty of detail to allow you to build along.

Starting at: $60.00
Add to Cart

Lessons


Excerpted from Semester content, these lessons are for those looking for highly specific topics and not wanting to purchase and entire semester worth of instruction.

The Stanley #5 plane is colloquially called the Jack plane because it is a competent plane for many different tasks. I have often stated that it can be the only plane you use and this…

Price: $10.00

Milling your lumber flat and square is a fundamental skill that is an essential step prior to any joinery. Squaring the edges of those boards may even be the most important aspect of the milling…

Price: $10.00

Using a specific Resawing Frame Saw makes the process of resawing fast and efficient without the capacity limitations that come with the average bandsaw.  Whether you need to turn a thicker board into 2 thinner…

Price: $30.00

Making Duplicate Parts by Hand is really just about working to a line

Price: $10.00

A Better Way to Flatten a Board By Hand! When every board is unique following a process to flatten a board by hand makes no sense. Spot plane away the high spots to get flatter,…

Price: $10.00

The Mysterious Blind Mitered Dovetail Learn how to cut the blind mitered dovetail, its simply a dovetail joint with 2 sets of pins.

Price: $10.00

The Rising Dovetail Learn to cut the rising dovetail and how it can be implemented in your project designs.

Price: $10.00