Precision with Hand Tools

Garrett Hack
July 30 – August 3

Hand tools open up new vistas of efficiency, accuracy, and enjoyment for woodworkers, even those with modest skills. In this course, Garrett leads participants through a series of exercises to expand and refine their hand tool skills. These include flattening boards to polished smoothness, jointing two edges to form an invisible glue joint, fairing curves, fitting drawer faces, shaping and chamfering edges, making an inlay, and cutting joinery, among others. Through discussion and demonstration, Garrett explores the tuning and efficient use of a wide variety of planes, marking tools, chisels, and saws.

Participants can choose to work entirely with sample boards or build a small table that links these same skills to the challenges of working to reality. The table allows for personal variation, and either path provides lasting insights and skills for integrating hand tools into your working process.

Garrett Hack builds contemporary interpretations of classic forms on his farm in Thetford Center, VT. A furniture maker for 43 years, Garrett originally trained at Boston University's Program in Artisanry. He is the author of The Handplane Book (Taunton Press, 1997) and Classic Hand Tools (Taunton Press, 1999). He is a contributing editor at Fine Woodworking, former chairman of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters, and teaches throughout the U.S., as well as in Canada, England, Germany, Italy, Austria, Australia, Spain, and Japan. His website is


Open to all except absolute beginners.

Tuition: $785

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 Hack Pearl detail 2016Detail of Pearl by Garrett Hack, cherry, apple, pear, ebony, mother of pearl, and crotch cherry, 2013