Frank Strazza builds heirloom-quality furniture one piece at a time in his small studio workshop in Central Texas. He uses traditional joinery throughout and utilizes handtools for much of his work.
Steps Into Craftsmanship/Craftswomanship I
Foundational Hand Skills
During this five-day introduction to hand skills, Frank draws on his years working with hand tools to share with you the skills he has learned. You will learn how to sharpen and use many hand tools, including chisels, planes, and scrapers. Also learn how to cut traditional joints that are used in most furniture construction, including dadoes, dovetails, and mortise and tenons.
You will learn joinery through a series of exercises and then practise those skills by incorporating them into two simple projects – a small box with hand-cut dovetails and a small shelf with dadoes and mortise and tenons.
This course is suitable for both beginner and intermediate users as Frank will bring your hand skills to the next level through a series of lectures and practical exercises.
Even if you are not a hand tool woodworker, this class will be extremely beneficial to you. Using hand tools can take your work to the next level, with the ability to finesse joinery and do tasks faster, more efficiently, and more beautifully with hand tools.
Most folks want to finish a project instead of focusing on the fundamental skills learned while doing the project, making it easy to rush and miss some functions. Frank’s emphasis on traditional furniture building techniques and craft will make the creating process more informative and enjoyable.
It is highly recommended that you take this class before taking Frank’s more advanced project-based classes – See Steps into Craftsmanship II
Workshop Days: Monday to Friday Instruction Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm School Opens:. 8:30am – 5pm