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  1. Thanks Jim, I tried to fill out my profile so others could see where I lived. I'd love to meet some other woodworkers near by.. I would like to find a class to teach me hand tools. I don't know where to go to learn hand planes and chisel. I'd also like to learn some joinery skills. Mortise and tenon, biscuit etc. I use pocket holes a lot but I have people wanting me to make furniture out of redwood and Doug for. I have friends with cabinet shops in this little northern California town. The town's near me used to have some woodworking classes but they've cancelled them in the past 5 years😔
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    If you've been making things, already - you're way ahead of most. I recommend Jim Tolpin's "The new Traditional woodworker" as it employs power tools for the 'donkey work' of getting rough lumber ready.

    The appeal of hand tools (for me) was the lower buy in cost compared to most cabinet shops.

    The downside of living here in Miller's Falls country is how many tools "follow me home" from tag sales.
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    On getting started - if there's a basics class nearby, take a weekend course. It will cover the pitfalls we ALL cross, starting out. Keep a list of the tools you actively use. Most tools purchased in the first year never come out of the wrapper.


    Jim in Massachusetts
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