Starting a tool collection can be daunting and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be! In this class students will learn how to search for, buy, and restore old tools.
The instructor will share tips and tricks for finding and purchasing old but redeemable tools. She will show you how to negotiate your way through the swaths of over priced items on ebay and how to tell a pile of rust from a diamond in the rough. She will also go over how to clean, de-rust, and remake missing parts for an antique block plane and combo square and demonstrate her processes for making them look and work like new.
All skill levels welcome. No prerequisites. All you need is a computer and a good internet connection!
WOO is a non-profit safe space for training underrepresented genders in our field. As such, enrollment is limited to non-binary, trans, and woman-identifying folks over the age of 18.
All class times are in U.S. Eastern Time.
Eleanor Ingrid Rose is a craft based sculpture artist and a toolmaker. She has an MFA in Wood from UW-Madison and works alongside Stacy Motte in their collaborative project Ladies Who Wood. She has been collecting and making tools for over a decade because when she graduated from undergrad she had no way to continue her art practice. Both refurbishing and ground up toolmaking quickly became two of her favorite things to do.
See more images of their/her work below, or by visiting her instagram @off_artisan or @ladieswhowood