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Intro to Block Printing with Annie Raso

Sat Jan 26 11:00 AM



Learn how to carve and print by hand using linoleum blocks and Flexcut carving tools, following the traditional form of printmaking. The class will explore some of the possibilities of printmaking, such as single and multi-color prints, shading techniques, and tools and equipment. Designs will be provided, but students are encouraged to bring their own ideas or drawings.

Make Valentine's Day cards, greeting cards, calling cards, business cards with your logo or family crest! Gain a fun skill that you’ll use again and again.

By the end of the session, participants will take home linoleum blocks, card stock and a new Flexcut Printmaking Set of tools to continue exploring and making prints at home.

No experience necessary. All tools and materials included in fee. The Flexcut Printmaking set includes the following: a #6 x 5/16" Gouge, a #11 x 1/8" Gouge, a 45 deg. x 1mm V-Tool, a 70 deg. x 1/4" V-Tool; a handle that fits the blades above; a tool roll, a slip strop; a small block of honing compound; and instructions.)

Cost: $90 instruction fee + $75 materials fee ($165 total). Click here for more information and to register for the class.

Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019
Class duration: 11:00 - 2:00 (3 hours)
Location: Tools for Working Wood showroom, 112 26th Street, Brooklyn NY 11232
Parking is available in front of our shop and under the expressway. The subway (R train to 25th street in Brooklyn) is a few blocks away.
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Build the Knockdown Shave Horse with Amy Pate - As Seen in Popular Woodworking Magazine

Sat Feb 09 10:00 AM


A shave horse is a combination of a vice and a workbench, providing a rapid and sturdy clamping mechanism for shaping wood. Historically shave horses have been used in many applications such as chair making, spoon carving, and coopering. We’ve designed ours to be sturdy yet collapsible - perfect for apartment living. In this workshop students will assemble their very own apartment-friendly collapsible shave horse, and leave with a little sawdust in their pockets.

Students will practice cut layout; miter- and hand-sawing; drilling, hardware installation and assembly. When you are all done you will be ready to tackle spoon carving, chairmaking, and a host of other traditional crafts. (We'll give you spoon blank stock to get you started.) And you and your apartment will have a brand new shave horse you made yourself.

This is a fast-paced, hands-on class. Tuition includes all tools and materials. Class participants must bring or purchase safety glasses or goggles and sign a safety waiver. Click here for more information and to register for the class.

Class fee: $250 instruction fee + $90 materials fee (total = $340).

Congratulations to Pate - the knockdown shave horse is featured in Popular Woodworking Magazine's February 2019 issue!
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Sharpening Bonanza with Corn Schmid

Sat Feb 16 11:00 AM

Sharpen any flat blade!

Recover a rusty old plane blade or prep a new chisel for a long happy life.

This hands-on class combines our popular grinding and sharpening classes into one day of sparks, slurry and stropping. This in-depth class will cover simple effective techniques to efficiently hollow grind and hone flat blades. We’ll have tools on hand to practice your technique, but you can also bring in your dull tools and we’ll see what we can do.

Cost including all tools and materials: $140. Participants get a $25 Tools for Working Wood gift certificate.
Click here more information and to register.

Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019
Time: 11 - 4 PM
Location: Tools for Working Wood, 112 26th Street (R train to 25th Street, a few blocks away. Street parking available.)
Instructor: Corn Schmid
Cost: Class fee: $140. All students are given a TFWW gift certificate worth $25.


Parking is available on our block. The subway (R train to 25th street in Brooklyn) is only a few blocks away.


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Environmentally Friendly Wood Finishing with Eddie O'Donnell

Sat Feb 23 12:00 PM



Yes, it’s possible to get durable, high quality finishes without endangering yourself or the planet!

Learn more about alternatives to solvent-based finishes -- finishes made of plant oils and waxes, insect secretions, earth and mineral pigments, and other natural materials. Eddie O’Donnell will show you how to achieve the look you want using environmentally friendly products and techniques in this hands-on workshop.

Class fee: $25. All students are given a TFWW gift certificate worth $10. Click here for more information and to register for the class.

Instructor: Eddie O'Donnell
Class time/duration: 12 - 2 pm, 2 hours
Location: Tools for Working Wood Showroom, 112 26th Street, Brooklyn. R train to 25th Street (a few blocks away). Street parking available.


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Chip Carving with Daniel Clay

Sat Mar 30 10:00 AM


We're excited to offer this class again! Learn the fundamentals of chip carving, a decorative technique in which faceted “chips” are removed from a wooden surface to produce geometric patterns, stylized images, lettering and ornamentation. Through demonstrations, guided practice, skill-building exercises, and the completion of a decorative wall hanging, students will leave class with all the knowledge, experience and confidence to pursue chip carving on their own.

Be amazed by the gorgeous work you’ll be able to accomplish with a few sharp tools, some suitable wood and a little practice!

Students will learn the fundamentals of chip carving design; how to select and prepare wood for chip carving; how to dress and sharpen a new chip carving knife; and develop proper chip carving technique. Students will develop increasing facility and confidence through free-form carving exercises.

Students will go home with a selection of patterns for carving on their own.

No prior woodworking or carving experience is necessary to take the class. This class is best suited to those with little or no chip carving experience.

Class fee: $250 instruction fee + $25 materials fee (total = $275). Materials fee will include wood, sharpening equipment and a selection of patterns.

This is a limited enrollment, hands-on class. Class participants must bring or purchase safety glasses or goggles and sign a safety waiver. Students will also need to bring or purchase tools for the class. Click here for more information and to register for the class.

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Class duration: 10:00 - 4:00 (6 hours)
Location: Tools for Working Wood showroom, 112 26th Street, Brooklyn NY 11232
Parking is available in front of our shop and under the expressway. The subway (R train to 25th street in Brooklyn) is a few blocks away.
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Recent Blogs:
Intro to Block Printing with Annie Raso - 01/26/2019
Build the Knockdown Shave Horse with Amy Pate - As Seen in Popular Woodworking Magazine - 02/09/2019
Sharpening Bonanza with Corn Schmid - 02/16/2019
Environmentally Friendly Wood Finishing with Eddie O'Donnell - 02/23/2019
Chip Carving with Daniel Clay - 03/30/2019