Precision With Hand Tools


  • DICTUM workshop Niederalteich Germany

This will be my eighth year teaching for DICTUM, and it has been a lot of fun.  DICTUM is a tool maker and seller and has been for a very long time (over 200 years!). They offer an incredible array of courses on how to use their tools, from how to butcher a deer to making a smooth running drawer. I have mainly taught at the Neideralteich workshop,  part of an ancient monastery right on the Danube River, about an hour and a half east of Munich. 

My first class is two days of working with a variety of hand tools — planes, saws, chisels, marking tools —  ramping up your understanding and refining your hand skills. We will do the typical tasks one would making furniture —  flattening boards to polished smoothness, jointing two edges to an invisible glue joint, fairing curves, shaping and chamfering edges, making an inlay, and cutting a joint or two. Naturally we will talk about sharpening and tuning a variety of tools.