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Video 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 School and talking with my students about what they struggle with and dealing with their specific questions, I realized that additional guided, personal support is really effective to help woodworkers grow in their hand tool skills.
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There's a lot of great content on the web, but what sets The Hand Tool School above the rest is the personal touch. With quick responses via forum posts, emails, and even the occasional video to directly address student questions and problems, Shannon makes the learning process personal. It's the closest thing you can get to private instruction in a digital format.
Member Since 2014
In other words, an actual apprenticeship
Since the school’s inception I have made it a priority to be accessible to my students. I am here to help with any issues a student may encounter. I quickly discovered that some students needed nothing and just want to download their videos and get to work. Others needed more help, so I began to help with video chats and long, detailed emails. As the student total grew I started to pull back from these interactions and I relied on monthly live sessions to address questions, but these sessions became cumbersome trying to address so many diverse questions. Suddenly they had degraded into projects and weren’t helping anyone with their specific issues.
In short, I was only adding to the volume of content available to the students but not really addressing specific needs. This began the seed for the Apprenticeship product. There is more needed than just additional videos, but guided support and accountability is the secret.
I would need to build a personalized learning path that caters to each student's goals, interests, strengths, and weaknesses. Armed with a student profile, we could tailor the content to match their needs.
Included in Your Monthly/Annually (recurring) Fee
At least 2 new tip or technique videos each month with topics chosen by the Apprenticeship community geared toward your specific goals. This also includes an existing archive of hours and hours of video.
An hour plus long broadcast to answer questions from Apprentices and to address more in detailed demonstrations. Each broadcast will be recorded for replay and you will have immediate access to an archive of hundreds of hours of Live Sessions as well.
An exclusive community area where the student can blog about their accomplishments, ask questions, share triumphs, and work with their fellow apprentices. It is here where most of the goal setting an accountability will happen.
Personalized Learning Path
We work together to figure out your goals for the next month or even the next year, then build a series of tasks, practice exercises, projects, etc to help you get there. I'll set you on the path and be here to help along the way.
"If Semesters and Projects are the textbook then Apprenticeship is the Study group to fill in the blanks and help grow your hand tool skills."
In order to make the entire Hand Tool School library more accessible, all Apprenticeship members will receive
20% off any Semester or Project while their subscription is active.
In addition to all the great lesson and projects, the Apprentice videos have been a huge part of my learning process at The Hand Tool School. Shannon's planing stop video turned on a light bulb for me and dramatically changed the way I think about milling. It has improved my milling efficiency and enjoyment.
Member Since 2013
A Sample of Our Apprenticeship Videos
- Technique Videos
- Live Training
The Outdoor Woodshop
No Holding Back
Power Tools in the Hand Tool Shop
Sawing Warm Up Exercises
The Peg Hook
Ancient Techniques & the Lumber Industry
Scrapers & Restoring Dado Planes
Block Planes & Installing Lock Sets
Re-Handle a Chisel
And don't forget that you will have priority access to me. Your emails, private messages, texts, smoke signals, whatever go to the front of the line. Just use the Bat Phone!
Apprenticeship is the perfect complement to the semesters or a great way to keep your skills progressing after completing a semester.
Still have questions about how it works? Click below to get an example of the initial assessment