Woodworking the traditional way — unplugged and totally by hand — can be more rewarding than relying on a shop full of machines and powertools. It can offer three tremendous advantages: speed, a larger vocabulary of techniques and effects, and, perhaps most importantly, superior results in terms of design and finish. How and why this is true is what students will discover in this weeklong class exploring the secrets of handtool essentials. The wholesale adoption of tools such as tablesaws and routers, while invaluable in their own right, has unfortunately blinded many of today’s woodworkers to the virtues and benefits of handtools. Not every woodworker is interested in mass-production or has the time needed to set up and tune many stationary machines. Often a single operation can be better accomplished using purpose-made handtools that produce superior results for that one-of-a-kind project. Graham will demonstrate just how useful hand tools are, how to fettle and sharpen them, and most importantly, how to use them quickly and accurately. Students will also learn how to use a variety of traditional jigs and in so doing discover the greater range of joints, techniques, effects, and finishes.