Shavings, A Blog for Woodworkers
Meet Elia Bizzari, Windsor chairmaker and prolific instructor. He teaches both online and at woodworking studios throughout the country. He will be teaching two classes for us this summer, the Continuous Arm Windsor Chair and the Sack Back Windsor Chair.
Considered by some to be a chair-making wunderkind, Elia had his own hand tools at age 10 and wood shop at age 15. Early on, he trained under master crafstman Curtis Buchanan (who still outsources some of his work to Elia) and has worked extensively with PBS woodworking superstar Roy Underhill. Elia has also trained with John Alexander, Drew Langsner, Dave Sawyer, and the carpenters at Colonial Williamsburg. He is now, somewhat of a celebrity himself in the world of woodworking. He travels throughout the country teaching classes at woodworking schools More about EliaCLASSES WITH ELIA
The Hand Tool Shop
Posted March 17, 2014 on SHAVINGS
What if your hand skills at the bench rivaled what you could do with a machine? What if your degree of accuracy with a hand plane matched what you could cut off with a router? What if your chisel work was precise? You would feel a sense of greater control at the bench that’s one thing. But another is that you would have greater confidence for a variety of jobs..READ MORE
NEWS: From Lumber to Legacy along with The Northwest Woodworking Studio makes the Albany Democrat-Herald Front Page
Come Learn With Us
Kevin Drake on making your own handsaw:
1. The cost of making a saw is trivial.
2. Being able to maintain your saws is vital.
3. Tuning a saw for the species and dimensions you are working is crucial.
4. Reconditioning old saws is awesome.
5. Kevin's sparkling personality is captivating.
Learn to make your own great Western style hand saws using techniques and designs developed by Kevin Drake of Glen-Drake Tools. In this class Kevin will guide you through the saw-making process for Western style hand saws. Using the materials provided, first make a saw-vise to hold your blade for sharpening. This simple holding device can be used to sharpen all your saw blades.