Tools of Your Trade

Making Woodworking and Blacksmithing Tools with David Smucker

Almost every Folk School class utilizes valuable craft-making tools – tools that help us to get the job done. The Folk School offers several tool-making classes to help you expand your own personal toolbox.

Do you love fly fishing or archery? Imagine telling your buddy on your next fishing/hunting trip, “I made this rod!” or “I made this longbow!” Here at the Folk School, we still make things, and tools are no exception.

Check out the following cool tools classes coming up at the Folk School:

Aug. 23-25: A Weekend of Pens (Weekend) • Kurt Hertzog
Aug. 23-25: Build a Gas Forge (Weekend) • Bob Alexander
Sept. 8-13: Bamboo Fly Rod Making (Sun-Fri) • Doug Hall

Bamboo Fly Rod Making with Doug Hall

Oct. 6-12: Making Woodworking and Blacksmithing Tools • David Smucker
Oct. 13-19: Mastering Power Tools in the Workshop • Al Trevillyan & Jim Stafford
Feb. 7-9: Drawing for Your Craft (Weekend) • Annie Cicale
Mar. 16-21: Making Woodworking Tools (Sun-Fri) • Chuck Patrick & John Kraus
Mar. 30-Apr 5: Traditional Joiner’s Chest • Bill Anderson

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Traditional Joiner’s Chest with Bill Anderson

May 18-24: Drawing Techniques and Tools • Pebbie Mott
May 18-24: Longbow Building • Tom Turgeon & Dawn Kelly

Longbow Building with Dawn Kelly and Tom Turgeon

June 8-14: Tools of the Trade of Professional Fiction • Wendy Webb
June 1-7: Making Traditional Molding Planes • Bill Anderson & Peter Ross

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A traditional molding plane. Photo by Alex Himwich.


2 thoughts on “Tools of Your Trade”

  1. A few questions re the fly rod making class. Does the class assume that students have a high degree of skill/experience in wood working? While I have some wood working experience, I am still a rank amateur. Do the students who take the class end up the week with a fly rod they have made?

    In an entirely different matter, is there an RV park close to Brass town? We will be traveling, and sleeping in, a motor coach and towing a little Smart car.Thanks for any info you can provide. Paul McCarthy

    1. Hi Paul, I would contact Doug Hall directly to ask questions about the Fly Rod class. His email is:
      He also has an extensive description of the class on his website:
      The campground at the Folk School accommodates RVs and campers up to 34 feet long. If that does not work for you, call the Folk School office for recommendations: 1-800.FOLK.SCH (365.5724)

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