Of Woods and Planes and Sharpening

I know most of you are out there sweltering in the record-breaking heat wave of 2012. I won’t gloat about living on the northern California coast. But I will tell you about how twenty or so woodworkers are beating the heat: they’re taking a class at the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program, right here in cool, breezy Fort Bragg where the forecast for today calls for a partly cloudy 66F. Living downwind from an enormous body of cool water can have its advantages. Okay, I did gloat a little right there.

The Current Class of Planemakers — Sean, the blogger is in the center, in the orange shirt

This year’s course, which includes one week of plane-making followed by two weeks of the “Tools and Techniques” curriculum, is being documented in a blog by class member Sean Aquino. If you’ve ever wondered what goes on inside the Krenov classroom, here’s a first-person, day-by-day account that is well written and illustrated with great photos. Thanks, Sean!

For more info about course offerings from CR’s FWW Program, visit their website or email fwwmail@mcn.org. My only affiliation with the college is that they buy blades from Hock Tools. That, and the fact that it was the first class there, thirty years ago, that got me started in the blade-making business. I couldn’t be more grateful.