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James Owen

James OwenJames has been woodworking, as a hobbyist, since about 1981.

He is mostly self-taught (with the help of lots of books, videos, magazine articles, and the creation of more designer firewood than he wants to admit).

He has focused on traditional hand tool woodworking since about 2003, and has been using only traditional hand tools and techniques to build furniture and other projects, since 2005.

James has more than 25 years of experience in public speaking, and in teaching and training non-woodworking subjects to a wide variety of students and audiences. In addition, he also has about 10 years experience in teaching woodworking-related subjects privately, as well as 5 years of teaching several traditional hand tool-related classes at the former Woodcraft store in Albuquerque.

October 2019

Hand Tool Academy: Chisels

October 19 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on August 17, 2019 at 1:00 pm

One event on October 19, 2019 at 12:00 pm

NM

Learn about the precision use and care of chisels! This class will cover – Chisel safety; – How to effectively use your chisels for precision cuts and trimming; – Types of chisels and what they are used for; – What…

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Sharpening Edged Tools

October 26 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on October 26, 2019 at 12:00 pm

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Learn techniques for sharpening edged tools such as chisels and plane irons for great performance! In this class, you will learn about: – How to tune up and sharpen your edged tool; – Sharpening safety; – What “sharpness” is; –…

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November 2019

Finishing: Stains & Milk Paint

November 2 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Your project isn't finished until it's finished. Come and learn common uses and basic techniques for oil- and water-based stains, gel stains, and milk paint. We'll also discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each type of stain; board preparation; application…

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Finishing: Top Coats

November 9 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Your project isn't finished until it's finished. Come and learn common uses, surface prep, and basic techniques for applying several finishes for top coats: tung oil, boiled linseed oil, polyurethane, alkyd resin varnish, and shellac. We'll also discuss the pros…

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