Making and Using Western Handsaws at CR!

Glen-Drake Dovetail Saw

Kevin Drake of Glen-Drake Tools will be teaching “Making and Using Western Handsaws” at College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg this summer.  Here’s the blurb from the website:

May 31 to June 3


In this class Kevin will guide you through the saw-making process, resulting in the completion of  two western carcase saws; one rip and one crosscut.  Saw geometry and long-term saw maintenance will be emphasized.   You will not only learn how to set and sharpen a saw, but you will also learn how to shape the teeth for the job at hand.  Skills gained in this class will enable you to maintain your saws the same way you maintain your planes and chisels to keep them sharp and effective.

Students will be provided with two saw files and the materials to make two saws and a saw vise. Additional files will be available for purchase if needed. A list of suggested tools will be sent to applicants.

After graduating from the Fine Woodworking nine-month program in 2000, Kevin Glen Drake remained in Fort Bragg and launched the Glen-Drake Toolworks.  His growing line of attention-getting joinery tools includes two unique saw designs and an excellent marking gauge. Kevin is a confessed tool-junkie and focuses on the process of making and using tools.

One of the great things about taking a class at CR in the summer is that there are things to do around here for the rest of the family while you’re busily making a saw (or taking one of the other classes). Make a vacation out of it for everyone and go home with more than just sand in your shoes and a Skunk Train sweatshirt.