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Tool-Making for Wood Workers and Others

 This course is an introduction to working with and heat-treating the common high-carbon steels used for edge tools. We will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of different steel types and put this knowledge into practice by creating several tools. We will analyze a number of different tools and compare their performance. Can you really make a nice, working knife from an old file? Blacksmiths and tool-makers know that you can, and we will do it in this class. We will each make a scratch awl and a small carving knife to start, but additional tools like marking knifes, scrapers, small chisels, and larger or curved knives are all possibilities.

It is very satisfying to use a tool that you have made yourself, and even better when its performance exceeds what is commonly available, and/or it is customized for your own use.



New! Tue, Feb 28, 2017 - Thu, Mar 02, 2017
(Early bird tuition deadline: 01/17/17)

Course Details

Length in days:


$285.00 per student (Regular rate)
$255.00 per student (Early-bird rate)

Varies ($25-$40)

Beginner to Advanced

Age with adult:

* The Feb 28, 2017 course is part of the Wood Week event

Making it happen:
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You will need the following tools for this class:

  1. safety glasses
  2. gloves
  3. apron
  4. files
  5. wood for handles (if needed)
  6. sandpaper assortment
Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.
Paul Linden Paul Linden

Paul Linden is am artist who lives in Minneapolis and works in the Art Department of the University of Minnesota. He has taught courses and workshops in sculptural woodworking, metal fabrication and metal-casting and has a deep love for craft-based techniques. Paul has almost never met a tool that he didn't like, and proves this by his ever-expanding collection. He takes great satisfaction from using self-made tools and is constantly modifying, remaking, and learning the use of old and new hand tools. Paul tries hard to spend all of his extra time either in the wood or metal shop, or outside with his kids

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Tool-Making for Wood Workers and Others

Tool-Making for Wood Workers and Others

Tool-Making for Wood Workers and Others