A Note About Local Workshops

We hope the local workshops will provide just the kind of experiences you need to build your woodworking skills. Local workshops are a wonderful benefit of being an RWS member, and all require RWS membership.

Please note that lunch will not be provided at any of the local workshops, but the price has been reduced from $40 to $30 as a way to encourage greater participation.

To learn more about past local workshops, visit our Local Workshops Archives at the bottom of this page.

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Making Edge Tools

Instructor: Bob Couture and David Gilbert

Date/Time: Saturday April 29, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: $ 30 for RWS members, $ 50 for non-members (fee includes membership in RWS)

Materials charge: TBD

Class size: 10 people

This workshop is full and closed to further enrollment. To be placed on a waiting list, email your request to: workshops at

We will help you design, shape, heat treat and temper pieces of O1 tool steel so they become useful tools. With simple metalworking tools and a MAPP gas torch you will be able to make a variety of useful tools. Some easily made tools are: awls, marking knives, chisels, scrapers, skews and such. We will have a variety of homemade tools available to give you ideas about what you can make, and if time permits we will demo how you can use a lathe to make handles for your tools. There will be an additional materials charge to cover the cost of the steel that you will use.