John Cameron & Israel Martin
July 22 – August 2

Well-tuned, sharp tools are the foundation of good workmanship, while their skilled use is one of life’s great pleasures. When the tool is one you have made, this pleasure only increases.  Come learn to get crisp, accurate results from chisels, planes, spokeshaves, and other traditional woodworking tools such as marking gauges and knives.

In this exercise-based workshop, John and Israel provide thorough instruction in selecting and tuning up your tools, hollow-grinding and honing razor-sharp edges, cutting mortise-and-tenon and dovetail joints, planing boards four-square, fairing curves, and more. In the first week, students will make a wooden handplane that is used throughout the class. In the second week, students tackle a small project—a low stool or box—using their newly-made plane and exploring new techniques.  Whether you work entirely without electricity or seek to combine the quiet satisfactions and adaptability of hand tools with the more rigid efficiencies of machinery, the skills acquired in this course are invaluable.

John Cameron designs and builds fine furniture in Gloucester, MA. He studied with James Krenov at the College of the Redwoods from 1992-94, and is currently a juried member of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters. John has exhibited at the Smithsonian Craft Show, the Currier Museum of Art, and Boston’s Society of Arts and Crafts, among other venues. Publications include With Wakened Hands (Cambium Press, 2000) and Fine Woodworking. John’s website is

Israel Martin is a furniture maker in Cantabria, Spain. He studied Forestry Engineering in Madrid and later pursued furniture making. Primarily self-taught, Israel’s work emphasizes the use of hand tools. He draws inspiration from Garret Hack, whom he studied with in Germany. Israel makes custom furniture for private clients and teaches furniture making in his unplugged woodshop. Israel has published articles in Furniture and Cabinetmaking magazine, as well as in Fine Woodworking and Australian Wood Review. His website is

Open to novice and intermediate woodworkers.

Tuition: $1,900

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