Hand Tool Masterclass



THIS COURSE IS NOW FULL. Make a Beta stool using hand tools with Anthony Powell (Lie Nielsen Australia) and Evan Dunstone. This five-day course explores the preparation and use of fundamental hand tools. Learn how to get the most out of your “unplugged” woodworking and walk away with a comfortable, attractive Beta stool. Total cost (includes a Beta stool kit in blackwood) $990 incl. GST. A deposit of $100 incl. GST is due on booking (see terms and conditions).
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A sound understanding of hand tools is the foundation to good woodworking. People often make the mistake of jumping to machines too early, missing the all-important lessons about the material that the “feedback” from hand tools gives you. This course is designed to get you “in the groove” with your hand tools.

Anthony Powell has always been a passionate woodworking enthusiast. When the opportunity to aquire the rights to Lie Nielsen in Australia presented itself, he and his wife Venita jumped at it. Although Anthony is a “Lie Nielson” man, he loves all quality hand tools. His personal tool kit includes other quality brands such as Australia’s HNT Gordon, Colen Clenton and Vesper Tools. Although Anthony will have tools available for purchase, this is his idea of a holiday! He wants to share some knowledge and his joy of the craft with you (and so do I!).

This course uses our well-known Beta Stool Kit as an excuse to use hand tools. You will saw, plane, chisel and slice your way though to making a wonderful stool. There will be lots of digressions, demonstrations and theory along the way.

Click here to download the full Beta stool kit instructions.

The Details
Classes run 8:30am to 4pm, Monday 13th to Friday 17th of January, 2020. Morning tea will run 10:30am to 11am and Lunch 1pm to 1:30pm. Food and good coffee/tea is provided.

Your fee includes 1 Beta stool kit in blackwood. Additional Beta kits are available for $253 incl. GST. Email Evan on evan@dunstonedesign.com.au if you would like your Beta in a timber other than blackwood (this option is only available for course participants).

What to Bring

We encourage you to bring your favourite hand tools. One of the aims of this course is to tune up your own tools and help you to understand them. We will supply any tools that you don’t have.

Please bring your own PPE- a good dust mask, good hearing protection and good eye protection. You will be getting dirty, so wear old clothes. 

It could get very hot in January, so be ready to sweat. We have industrial fans but no airconditioning.

This course is designed for beginners, intermediate and even advanced wood workers. If you are unsure about your skill level, email evan@dunstonedesign.com or call 0401 404 275 to discuss. 

Class size
The class is limited to 8 students. Anthony and Evan will be teaching. Alex MacFarlane will be working on “normal” Dunstone Design production in the background, while William Bayliss will be off in Nelson at the CFW with Michael Fortune.

Location, Parking and Accommodation

The Dunstone Design workshop is located at 3/5 Aurora Pl, Queanbeyan, NSW (we are the last workshop in the strata). There is parking for students in the workshop carpark down the driveway. The workshop is only 15 mins from Canberra airport and we can arrange transfers if required. There are many good Air BnB options, as well as motels in the Queanbeyan area.

Terms and Conditions
The total cost of the Hand Tool Masterclass is $990 incl. GST. A deposit of $100 incl. GST is due on booking. If you wish to discuss this opportunity further prior to booking, contact Evan on email evan@dunstonedesign.com.au or call 0401 404 275. The balance of $890 incl. GST must be paid by Sunday 12 January, 2020 (you will be invoiced separately). Your booking is not transferable. A cancellation prior to Friday 3rd January 2020 will attract a $50 cancelation fee. A cancellation after Friday 3rd January 2020 will forfeit your deposit.

Over the past 38 years my constant hobby was woodworking. Now I get to share that joy for a living. - Anthony Powell

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