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SOLD OUT! Series: Hand Tool Club

  • Hands-On Halifax 6070 Almon Street Halifax, NS, B3K Canada (map)

***This class is sold out! Email us to be added to the waitlist***

Hand Tool Club is a five-session weekly class that will introduce participants to the essential tools and practice of hand-tool woodwork. This class is over five Wednesdays, 6:00pm- 8:30 from September 20th to October 25th (but no session on October 4th). Difficulty: Intermediate

Each week participants will work through one tool while building a rectilinear box

  • Marking tools
  • Backsaw
  • Coping saw
  • Chisel
  • Handplane and card scraper

Shop appliances will be used and demonstrated (moxon vise, shooting board, bench hook, planning hook).

The class will culminate in the completion of a dovetailed hand-tool tote which will be capable of carrying and storing all of the essential hand-tools. Home practice will be strongly encouraged. Suggested readings/video links will be provided. For the tool tote build we will roughly follow Jay Bates’ “Handcut Dovetail Handtool Tote - 236”. Check out his YouTube page and video here:

About the instructor: Brad Holley (@HolleyWoodshop on Instagram) is an amateur woodworker from Dartmouth, NS and current vise chair of the Atlantic Woodworkers Association ( In his personal woodshop Brad regularly builds furniture and household items using both power-tools and hand-tools. Through study, steady practice, and the generous help of experienced others Brad has learned the basic skills of hand-tool woodwork and invites you to learn and practice with him.

Cost: $125; includes materials for tool tote build (pine). Email to register.

Earlier Event: September 17
Beginner: Centrepiece Box