The “Hard Way” Makes You A Better Woodworker

Do You Want to Learn How to Use Hand Tools?

The Hand Tool School like an apprenticeship that teaches how to use hand tools and to build furniture with traditional methods. 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

Starting at: $175.00
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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.

Starting at: $22.00
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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
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