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On Sunday the 19th of October, I was able to sit in on a class taught by Frank Klausz, one of the woodworking world”s luminary figures. We started off early on Sunday morning, sitting in the parking lot of Highland Woodworking and eating some breakfast.
Starting off we discussed the 4 quadrants of woodworking as Frank views them: wood technology, tools, joinery and finish. The second quadrant of Frank’s woodworking seminar was a discussion of tools, both power tools and hand tools.
When you purchase a tool like a Lie Nielsen hand plane, or other fine woodworking tool, you are not the owner; you are the custodian of that tool.
Throughout the class, Frank told stories and anecdotes about his life as a woodworker and life in general.
When we discussed the fourth quadrant of finishing, Frank made another point that will stick with me as I continue my woodworking journey. After the whirlwind tour of Frank’s four woodworking quadrants we moved on to the demonstration portions.
When we returned from lunch we went back over the dovetails for a bit, and Frank gave every member of the class an example of how he cuts them, so that we could take it home and practice.
The class ended with more stories and anecdotes from Frank, discussions of life, of the world outside of wood, and of how woodworking impacts all of us. Matthew York has been a woodturner since 2004 and has been interested in woodworking since he was a teenager. Frank taught a seminar on hand-tool joinery and covered the three major types of dovetails: open, half-lap, and sliding, along with mortise and tenon joints.


At around 8:45, the majority of us had arrived and we wandered into the store before class got started. When Frank talks about wood technology, what he means is to understand the medium you are working in.
Frank is what I call a hybrid woodworker, someone who incorporates both power tools and hand tools to make his pieces. Frank is one of those speakers who often will wander off on a tangent, telling a story about something that has happened in the past, or that seems un-related but they always circle back to the project at hand and the discussion as a whole. Frank showed us how he cuts dovetails, how he lays them out pins first, and how he uses gravity to help him mark the tails.
Frank demonstrated his techniques for cutting the joints, the proper use of each joint, when and where you would use the joint and talked about several other topics.
Frank was hard at work already, prepping some stock for his demonstrations and drawing a few diagrams on the white board.
Frank’s stories leave you feeling richer and more enlightened about the world of woodworking. Frank explained why you need a mortising chisel and why you need to cut your tenons a little shallow, to allow for wood movement. It also showed me a path to advance my woodworking and transform the way I do certain things. In my life, I have had the opportunity to take some classes from masters of various crafts. At 9:00am Frank welcomed us all to the class and began what has become one of my favorite experiences with woodworking so far.


Frank demonstrated that the best jigs you have are your own hands –  if you pause and take the time to think about things, to feel the tool in your hands, you often don’t need a special jig. We moved on to the third quadrant of joinery and Frank discussed his thoughts on when to use a joint, and the proper place for joints within a piece. Frank showed us the box he uses for his honing stones and how, with no sealer or glue, he is able to craft a water-tight box. As a cellist I was able to attend a class given by Yo-Yo-Ma; as a writer I was able to attend a symposium by several amazing writers.
There was a lot of information there, about the differences between reproduction and fine furniture, about Frank’s opinion on when to use which joints, and what it means when you experiment. Once we were done admiring the wooden gasket that Frank demonstrated for us, we moved on to lunch. I cannot recommend highly enough that you keep an eye on the class listings at Highland Woodworking and that when an opportunity like this presents itself you leap upon it. The class given by Frank was no different – it is always a breathtaking experience to watch a true master at work. Frank has some solid opinions, and I got the impression that there is a wrong way to do things, and there is Frank’s way of doing things. Let me tell you, one of the great things about classes at Highland is that you can go out to lunch with folks like Frank Klausz, and you get a pretty decent hamburger as well.



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