A foundation of strong technical skills in hand-cut joinery is game-changing for the level of work a craftsman can produce. Learn new joinery techniques and perfect those tried-and-true classics in this new class with Frank Strazza. Students refine their skills using handsaws, planes, chisels, and scrapers as they hand cut dados, dovetails, and mortise and tenon joinery.
Revisit basic joinery as a foundation before quickly moving into more complex joints including needlepoint half-blind dovetails and half-blind houndstooth dovetails. Among the many skills to be addressed are using a layout knife, bench plane setup, chiseling techniques, and improving hand sawing. The focus is on improving techniques and use of hand tools rather than a specific project as students practice in poplar before moving on to commonly available hardwoods, but a simple box project may be completed as time allows.
Frank Strazza is a traditional fine furniture maker, with over 30 years’ experience, based in Central TX. He began woodworking at age 11. After completing high school, Frank served a traditional apprenticeship and journymanship, including studying with Paul Sellers for several years.
Frank’s work has been featured in both local and national publications. He also participated in building furniture for the permanent collection at the White House, in Washington D.C. His work has won top awards in nationally recognized furniture shows across the country including, Best of Show, 1st and 2nd place, People’s Choice, Best Traditional Furniture and more.
Frank has taught at many different venues across the country, and continues to teach, passing along the traditional craft, of hand tool woodworking. His website is strazzafurniture.com.
Open to intermediate woodworkers, including graduates of our Basic Woodworking course.