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Heirloom Benchtools with Aspen Golann

August 30 - September 3 | 9:00 am - 5:00 pm $840
Female Woodworker, Aspen Golann

Brushes made in woodcraft class



Aspen Golann


Serious Skills & Fun Projects

Aspen Golann

Customize your woodworking and start at the bench!

Join Aspen Golann for this week of ancillary skill-building and be the only woodworker you know with a suite of handmade, custom benchtop tools including drafting pencils, bench brush & lidded box with cast brass hardware, and dovetail joinery.

In this class, we will address essential skills as well as three things that are often overlooked by professional furniture makers – hardware, customized drafting & bench tools. Students will learn to design and cast their own hardware in brass or bronze to personalize an elegant box with hand-cut dovetails. We will also learn to design, shape, and tie brushes for home and shop use. Lastly, we will make a three-piece set of pencils for drafting and layout. Whether you are just starting out or looking for a new way to apply a lifetime of woodworking experience, these are exciting and accessible crafts.

This class will help you hone your hand tool use, carving skills, flex your design muscles, and blend function and sculpture. We will cover traditional and modern carving techniques, lost wax casting, hardware design, hand-cut dovetails, milling, wood selection, wood grain, fiber tying, angled drilling, fiber choice, adhesives, and effective use of rasps, files & sandpaper.

Some of the skills covered:

  • Dovetail joinery with hand tools
  • Shaping with hand tools: spokeshaves, chisels, rasps & files
  • Carving: Traditional & Modern techniques
  • Customized hardware design
  • Wax carving & Metal casting using the lost wax process
  • Brush design
  • Pencil making
  • 5/7 rule: Traditional hand tool shaping technique
  • Tampico fiber tying

Materials & Books Needed: 

Materials:  Provided by the School 

Books:  None needed

Tools Needed


  • Dovetail saw
  • 1”-¼” chisel set (sharp)


Measuring tools (12” Starrett combo square)

Small spokeshave

Tuition: $775 per person
Studio & Materials Fee: $65
First Time Registration Fee: $45 if you are registering for the first time.


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Benchtools Aug 2021 Golann
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