Learning how to use handheld chisels properly is a must for any woodworker. Hand-cut joinery, shaping, and cutting out space for hardware all require handling a chisel. Build your chisel skills with the ultimate cutting exercise: the Gottshall block. The challenge of the Gottshall block is to recreate the given image using only hand tools. Layout is done using a pencil and combination square, and all cutting is done with a chisel and a mallet. The exercise builds on different ways of approaching chisel cuts (bevel up, bevel down, and chopping). Understanding grain direction is imperative for creating clean cuts and avoiding tear out.
All materials and supplies are included. Class is limited to ten students.
Please note, it is critical that students arrive on time. We cannot allow students who have missed instruction to join the class late. This is a serious safety concern, and we appreciate your understanding.
Starting September 30, 2021, Allied Woodshop will require all students 12 years of age and older and all instructors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend a group class. Proof of vaccination will need to be shown at the start of the class. If you are unable to provide proof of vaccination, a negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to the class may be accepted. For a multi-session class, a new negative test result will be required each week. There is no need for a second test for a class that takes place over 2 consecutive days.
If you have any questions about this policy, please email us at email@example.com for a prompt response.
Masks covering the nose and mouth will still be required during all classes.
Martin Alexander Hernandez is an interdisciplinary crafts person with an emphasis in technical skill mastery and conceptual art. His studio practice considers traditional and modern approaches to art as cultural production, while critically engaging with the design and production methods that inhabit various contemporary spaces. He enjoys teaching the nuances of fine furniture making and is an advocate for learning the skills needed to see a project through.
407 E Pico Blvd, 10th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Please arrive 15 minutes early.
Parking is available in nearby lots for $5-$10/day, cash only. We recommend the lots on Pico Blvd just East of Wall St. Drive up the ramp and an attendant will direct you to a space. Myrtle Ave has 10-hour, metered parking for $4/day and the meters accept credit cards. Street parking is free in most street spaces after 6pm and on Sundays, just be sure to check the signs.
What to Wear
Please wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes. Boots or sneakers are fine and long pants are preferable. Do not wear loose or baggy clothing and please tie back long hair. No dangly jewelry. Please note, this is a woodshop with no AC. You can expect to get sweaty and dusty. Woodworking is hard work!
Gift certificates are available. If you would like to gift this class, purchase Woodworking Bucks for the total cost of the class.
Refund and Transfer Policy
In general, all workshops can be refunded, minus a $50 registration fee, up to one month in advance of the class. Students can transfer to a future class with at least two weeks advance notice. No portion of the course fee will be refunded or transferred less than two weeks before the class start date. To cancel or transfer your spot, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are no refunds, transfers, make-ups, or deferments for missed sessions in multi-day classes.
Allied Woodshop reserves the right to cancel a class for insufficient registration.
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