Getting the knowledge you need to use hand tools effectively through the internet can only get you so far. Get in-person training and advice on all things instrumenta manualia!

  • Date: Saturday, July 27
  • Time: 10:30 – 5:30 PM
  • Cost: $180.00 Includes  instruction + Materials
  • Skill Level: Beginner and advanced/beginner
  • Available Spots: 5

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Are you a tool nerd? Fan of history? Want to learn how to fashion timber through the artful dexterity of unassisted hands? If you answered yes to any of that, you may fit right in! This class focuses on the tools we use to get the job done the old fashioned way: our hands. We will use and talk about saws, chisels, various hand planes, braces and bits and much more! We will also check out techniques on work holding; critical to proper and enjoyable hand work. And if you have been wondering how to sharpen that dull chisel or plane iron you bought from that Civil War reenactor on Craigslist, well we tackle that too! This full day class will be rich with information. You will be practicing using these tools with proper form and technique. Because knowing your tools keeps you from becoming one!

Refund Policy: 24 hour minimum notice for full refund


  • Hand Plane Mechanics
  • Saws – their types, use and techniques
  • Measuring + Marking Tools
  • Understanding wood grain and why it matters
  • Sharpening
  • The Beginner Hand Tool Set
  • Jigs
  • Joinery (Mortise and Tenon, Rebates, and Dovetails)
  • Discuss the Vintage Market and shopping for old tools


  • Stan Abramov is based in New York City, dividing much of his time between work as a network engineer for a media company and producing a range of stunning objects with hand tools from a studio within his NYC apartment.