Jim Tolpin is a woodworker, author, and a faculty member of the Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Click on the Books tab for information about my books (includes links to Amazon for purchasing them); go to Woodwork to see photos of the projects I have done over the years; and read my Blog for the latest news about my course offerings, current projects and revelations.
After more than thirty years of working at woodworking for a living… and after having written more than a dozen books on the subject that have sold more than three-quarters of a million copies… I am now teaching woodworking for a living at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking located at Fort Worden State Park and Life-Long Learning Center.
While my books do impart a good deal of what I’ve learned over the years, I feel its time to get more personal about it. For this reason, I helped found the Port Townsend School of Woodworking. Here I get to talk to students face-to-face and show them hand-to-hand the joys of working with wood. I'm now getting a real kick out of showing people how much fun it is to work good wood with really good hand tools into beautiful, functional objects. I decided to call my entry-level furniture-making class: "Hand Tool Heaven" after seeing how delighted people were to discover how quickly and efficiently they could work wood with hand tools. All they needed was to learn the basic techniques of sawing, planing and chisel work and to practice the skills.
One of the main benefits of taking my course at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking is that each student is provided a professional-grade, Swedish-made bench stocked with a complete set of superb hand tools--from Starrett combination squares to Lee Valley planes and chisels to high-quality japanese saws (and even a leather apron!) You need only show up with an interest in learning to work wood with the power of your hands.