Goodness, the list is long.....
First, get the to the Galoot site. This is where an international
group of people who ejoy using, finding, and talking about hand tools
gather. There are some people who make their living working with hand
tools, and lots who are very high quality amateurs. The discussions
and archives and pictures are a tremendous resource.
Lurk under the porch for a while, listen to the conversations, and
then start asking for help and information. You'll be amazed at what
URL is http://people.iarc.uaf.edu/~cswingle/archive/faq.html
Otherwise, get some good quality hand tools, learn how to sharpen,
adjust and use them, and start making things. Start small, make your
mistakes and keep going. It's a lovely way to work.
I'll be checking that site out myself,
but I'd like to reinforce something in
Old Guy's post.
There are a ton of techniques you can
learn, from books, the Web, possibly
from a friend, but nothing is going to
encourage you more than learning how to
sharpen tools. Especially hand tools. A
lot of folks farm out sharpening of
powertool edges, but hand tools lose
their edges so fast, it's impractical to
And nothing is more frustrating than a
Adam Cherbini's blog and magazine writings are always interesting to
me. He uses zero power tools.
** http://www.bburke.com/woodworking.html **
And he usually starts a project with a tree or log and goes from there to a
finished project! I used to really like watching his program (pbs took it
off in my area), but i dont think i would attempt some of the things he
does...all with hand tools...no electrical powered tools of any kind.
Here's a couple of books I have found to be helpful and intersting,
on the topic of hand tools:
1) Hand Tools -- Their Ways and Workings
Aldren A. Watson
(Amazon.com product link shortened)95412607&sr=1-1
2) Selecting and Using Hand Tools
The Editors of Fine Woodworking
(Amazon.com product link shortened)95412802&sr=1-1
The illustrations in Watson's book are really great and help with
understanding the bits being decribed about each of the various hand
tools discussed. Each chapter in the book covers a specific type of
hand tool. There's 31 chapters and they cover a wide range of tools.
Selecting and Using Hand Tools is a great collection of articles from
the magazine Fine Woodworking and covers a number of different hand
tools, but not as extensively as Watson's book. I found this
book most helpful for learning how to sharpen and tune hand saws.
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