Professionals and Amateurs Together

Hand Tools

Hand Tools is a Guild subgroup focused on using, making, and restoring human-powered tools such as planes, chisels, saws, axes, adzes, and other similar tools. Although many of us use power tools for roughing out wood, we find that hand tools, developed centuries ago, are often the quickest and best way to accomplish joinery and other woodworking tasks. Indeed, there is a spiritual quality to working with a tool such as a spoke shave compared to a noisy router.

We hold meetings four times per year that are typically demonstration meetings open to all and occasionally will visit tool flea markets and museums. All Hand Tool meetings are listed under events.

Lou Yelgin
Hand Tools Leader