Last week I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Chris Schwarz and taking five days of his time to work with him and others to build a Tool Chest out of his “Anarchist’s Tool Chest” book.
In short: I had a blast, met some great people, and made most of a tool chest.
The class was held out in the awesome Port Townsend School of Woodworking where I’ve taken a few classes before. It’s always a wonderful trip out there, and the setting is amazing. Nestled in the back of the Fort Worden State Park, the shop where instruction is held is nice and open and well stocked with benches and tools if you don’t have your own.
This class had ten people who in the end were described as “off the hook wackos” and I agree. If by wackos you mean great guys, with quirky senses of humor who are willing to work hard and help each other, then yes. We’re wackos, and proud.
Chris was just the guy you read on online, smart, educated and willing to share what he’s learned. He’s also humble, and opinionated at the same time but willing to present his ideas in a way that allows for self exploration rather than dogmatic repetition of steps. He’s willing to teach, but willing to learn as well, which I find to be a admirable trait in a person. A lot of people on the internet love to hate him for having contrary opinions, but I think they’re misguided and close minded (On the internet? What? No way?!).
I had a lot of the skills I needed already to build this chest, but in this class I learned how to use those skills better and picked up some new tricks for things like dovetails, mortising, sawing and more. I made some great friends there, and got to know some I’ve met before (Rob, I’m looking at you) much better. All in all I had a great time, and was sad to leave the class.
Here are some pictures and posts that other people took:
Chris Schwarz @ Lost Art Press – http://blog.lostartpress.com/2013/09/08/photos-from-the-tool-chest-class-in-port-townsend/
Joiners Apprentice aka Rob – http://www.thejoinersapprentice.com/2013/09/anarchy-in-pt.html
And here are some that I took: