Class Image Japanese Hand tools: Basics and set up

Japanese Hand tools: Basics and set up

The biggest hurdle to beginning working with Japanese hand tools is that setting up your tools can seem like a daunting task. With some guidance and a clear set of steps to follow, you'll be making shavings with sharp edges in no time at all, with tools that will last a lifetime. Over the course of three days of class, you'll set up a traditional Japanese hand plane and a pair of chisels. There will also be discussions and practice with Japanese saws and hammers, which are some of the most used tools in the workshop. This is a class for those who are ready to make an investment in high quality, well-tuned Japanese hand tools. This class is open to students ages 18 and up. Masks and social distancing are required in this and all Sawtooth classes.

In lieu of a material fee, you are encouraged to contact the instructor to purchase tools, or for advice on where to buy suitable tools. Expect to spend $200-$400 depending on the quality of your tools. Contact Wood Program Director, Josie Vogel (, 336-723-7395 x:1207) for more information.