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The Hand Tools Workshop Series

These workshops are a series of four Saturday workshops over the course of three months. These Hand Tools may become your favorite tool.  Log in first, then register.  

Participants are not required to attend all four workshops, but the sessions follow a progression of added complexity.  Participation in the entire series of workshops will likely be most beneficial. See description to right.
The fee for each 
individual workshop is $20 - click on the workshop(s) you wish to attend below -If a workshop is sold out you can click to join a waitlist at no charge

SOLD OUT: HAND TOOLS 101 - Restoring and Tuning Up Old Hand Planes - 2/4/2023
HANDTOOLS 201 - Sharpening hand planes, chisels, and woodworking tools - 2/25/2023
SOLD OUT: HAND TOOLS 301 - Using hand planes, card scrapers, saws, files, and spokeshaves - 3/18/2023
HAND TOOLS 401 – Advanced projects with hand planes and lesser used tooling - 4/8/2023

These workshops will focus on various aspects of hand tool woodworking with a focus, but not exclusive to hand planes.  Participants are encouraged to bring along an old Stanley hand plane in need of improvement or they can work on an existing hand plane in Alan's shop that needs attention.   Added are more recent innovations in sharpening (CBD wheels, Unicorn sharpening), hand saw usage, and combining power tools and hand tools for added shop efficiency.  Time permitting, specific projects (finish prep., gluing up planks, hand cut dovetails, fabricating a cabriole leg, rustic furniture etc.) will be performed to develop competency with specific tooling.  Come to share your skills with others and learn some new skills. PLEASE NOTE, the workshop IS NOT handicapped accessible.  Access requires navigating a series of two and three step stone stairs which do not contain handrails along with field stone pavers. Every effort will be made to keep the access to the shop free of ice and snow but caution at this time of year is required.

We are a group in Upstate NY dedicated to the enjoyment of woodworking. Membership includes lectures and workshops by renowned woodworking personalities and local professionals as well as free access to our extensive lending library of books and videos.

Check back regularly to see our updated schedule for:

Local Workshops: A local woodworker hosts a 2–8-hour workshop for a specific skill or project type.

Note: you must be a member and logged in to register.

Volunteering:  Many woodworkers are active volunteers using their skills to help organizations like CP Rochester and St. Michael's Woodshop.  Volunteer opportunities are open to all. Please contact Stephen MacIntyre at

National meetings: Held once/month with a prominent national speaker for 2 hours. Open to members and non-members; registration not required.

National workshops: Typically, a prominent speaker runs a one-day workshop. Some of these have modest fees. Typically held once/month Sep-May; members only except Sep, registration required.


Show & Tell: A virtual zoom event for 1-2 hours in an evening in which members share projects, skills, tips and experiences. These are typically held once/month Sep-May. Members only, no registration required.

SIGs (Special Interest Groups) for Furniture, Luthiers, Turning and Community service. Meetings are smaller and 1-2 hours long for members interested in the subject. Typically held once/month Sep-May but some groups continue in the summer. Members can read and add to SIG (Special Interest Group) threads by clicking Resources, then Forums.


To join RWS please click: New Member Signup

 RWS Typically holds eight National Meetings a year between September and May. We meet on the St. John Fisher Campus EXCEPT in January and February when our meetings are held virtually using zoom. These meetings begin at 7 PM and typically involves a series of announcements, updates and a raffle. A presentation by our visiting national speaker begins at 8 PM and usually lasts about an hour. Non-members are welcome to attend national meetings free of charge. RWS welcomes everyone interested in the craft whether professional or hobbyist. Join the company of hundreds of enthusiasts – carvers, turners, furniture makers, boat builders, and other skilled craftspeople and take your woodworking skills to a new level.

COVID NOTE: We are continually assessing our plans to best to protect members and guests. Please check our calendar or event listings regularly to see up-to-date plans.  


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