I spent the weekend in Port Townsend for a dovetail class. It was a lot of fun, and really helpful to have someone look over my shoulder and point out what I’m doing wrong. Jim Tolpin taught the first morning, and Tim Lawson taught the rest of the weekend.
The school is well equipped with hand tools and nice solid workbenches. And the weather was beautiful.
The best thing about the class was having Tim watch what I was doing and make suggestions on what I was doing wrong, that was a huge help.
Tim covered through dovetails and half-blind dovetails, and we had a lot of time to practice. I’d have preferred a little less time practicing and a little more instruction. I’d have liked to see full blind dovetails, houndstooth, and other variations demonstrated.
I plan to post some step-by-step instructions later based on what I learned, but I’ll just leave you with one tidbit of wisdom for now: Don’t let your thumb stick out when holding a short piece of wood on a shooting board. Ask me how I know.