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Intro to Hand Tools:
Chisels, making a Gottshall block with Martin Alexander

Gottshall block for class
Gottshall block, plans, and tools
Gottshall block plans and tools
Martin Alexander, instructor, in his shop

1/2 day of Instruction.  

No previous woodworking experience required.

2022 Dates:


9:00am to Noon

Maximum 6 participants

$150 per person/ $120 for members, includes wood and materials.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination required.

Participants who need a reasonable accommodation for medical reasons or due to a sincerely held religious belief must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to the workshop.

Chisels are one of the most useful tools for woodworking. They are super simple but getting good results isn't intuitive, it requires learning how to simply exploit their strengths.


In this workshop we will focus on honing your layout and chiseling skills, a valuable skill for any woodworker. The skill building challenge is to replicate a Gottshall block using only a chisel and mallet.


This class is good for all skill levels alike as it either tests your chiseling skills or keeps them sharp.


Martin Alexander will help guide you through the process of practical layout techniques and how to make a Gottshall block using a chisel to its full potential in a step by step process.

Tools provided: Two Cherries Chisel, Combination Square, Pencil, Joinery Mallet, Clamps, and bench vice.  Tuition includes wood and materials.

Participants must be 18 years or older.

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