Doing Dovetails (by Hand)

September 18 - September 19, 2021

Doing Dovetails (by Hand)


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $335
Material Fee: $50

Come learn the time-honored woodworking tradition of hand-cut dovetail joinery (which is more fun than it sounds!). After a quick primer on how to sharpen tools properly we will dive into dovetails, learning proper layout and cutting technique. You will be encouraged to use your practice boards to build a small project that you can leave with such as a box, drawer, tray, or sculpture. This class is meant to be inclusive to all, whether you’ve never touched a chisel before or if you’re already a woodworker but want to add some hand skills to your repertoire.


Level: Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult


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Jamie Herman

Jamie Herman is a woodworker, furniture maker, and sculptor. Brought up in Kentucky and Ohio, he completed a degree in anthropology at the University of Cincinnati. He first came to be inspired by craft and material culture while participating in an archaeological dig at a Maya site in Belize, where he realized the stories that handmade objects can tell. He developed an interest in carpentry while working on organic farms in the Pacific Northwest, and eventually decided to switch coasts to pursue fine woodworking programs in Vermont and Maine. Jamie’s work often features complicated geometries and precariously balanced elements, and he is always looking to marry complex design with precise and elegant execution. Jamie is the current Woodworking Artist Fellow at Peters Valley.


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