This two-day course focuses on hand tool joinery fundamentals through the construction of a small Shaker-style bench. Based on an example from the Hancock Shaker Village in Massachusetts, the bench is lightweight, yet incredibly sturdy due to the clever joinery used in its construction. The bench serves as an introduction to the mortise and tenon and dado joints, which are both fundamental joinery methods used throughout furniture construction. This is a beginner-friendly class for students looking to learn more about laying out and cutting joinery with hand tools. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to discuss hand tool selection and use, sharpening, joinery techniques, wood selection, finishing, and adapting to and fixing mistakes.
Patrick Brennan is a woodworker and toolmaker located in the Hudson Valley of New York. He is the owner of the Tekton Guild and founder and partner of BB Custom Tools. Patrick is passionate about hand tool use and education; focusing on traditional tools and techniques and how they can be adapted by the modern woodworker.
Patrick is from the Finger Lakes region of New York and attended Cornell University for his undergraduate work in the Science of Earth Systems and completed his Ph.D. at Purdue University in Structural Geology. Patrick practiced as a geologist in Houston Texas for nine years. While in Texas Patrick also taught hand tool woodworking classes at the Austin School of Furniture in Austin, Texas. Patrick and his wife Rose recently moved back to New York to fully pursue woodworking and to raise their two children near family and friends. You're likely to find them working on their new home, tending the garden, out for a bike ride, or exploring the nearby Catskill and Berkshire Mountains.
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