The class came to an abrupt end somehow and time slipped so quickly by. We all had dovetails Shaker candle boxes, made a Paul Sellers dovetail template in oak and learned how to make drawers using half-lap dovetails.
I say it every time but it’s true. These classes still amaze me because that’s exactly what they are. Whether it’s a first time box or one of many, everyone leaves with real working knowledge and all confusion gone. They will probably never cut pins first again, never cut the pins off again and never feel intimidated by dovetailing boxes and drawers by hand. I never heard anyone say that they were going back to their router and jigs after a class and most of them feel overwhelmed at the fulfilment they feel having not turned on a machine in three days of working wood.
I made the box and I also made a different Joiner’s toolbox for my new book, replete with a Shaker-style pillow panel raised by hand with the #4 as usual. The frame is mortise and tenoned and covers door making by hand and the dovetails of course hand done for multiple thousandth time.
Tomorrow is a full class Part I followed by a Part II and a Part III. That will be a great close to the season here in New York and then I will be in the UK for a month-long workshop that is totally full with a waiting list for any cancellation. I am so looking forward to that.
We are presently working on our 2013 schedule starting after my USA tour with The Woodworking Shows here in the USA. I will see many of you as we pass from state to state. I will keep you posted on the new happenings there so check out The Woodworking Shows for details of where we will be going here.