Workshop On The Web: Make Your Own, At Home

05 . 04 . 20

​Right now, the restorative power of making and reconnecting with your own two hands, and of staying connected with each other, has never been more important. With our workshop courses temporarily suspended during the COVID-19 shutdown we are creating #stayathome make-your-own handplane kits that we can send out to you, so that you have a project to work on (individually or as a family) and something that you can look forward to using when we are allowed back out, and into the ocean.

We are offering several different options so that you can create the package that best meets your needs: an adult handplane kit, a children’s handplane kit, and a tool kit. We’ll be shipping kits once each week and then inviting all customers to join us for an online making session using a video conference app, so that we can talk you through the making process, offer guidance and feedback, and share a virtual cuppa together through the wonders of the internet.  Kits will be available to purchase through the products page of our website (click here).

The adult blank version is what we provide at the start of all of our handplane workshops; a blank with a pre-cut hand-hole that is laminated over a mould to provide a concave that runs along the length of the handplane. We’ll draw on some nose and tail template options so that you can choose the shape of your handplane. This kit is ready to be cut, shaped, sanded and oiled ready for its first splash in the sea.  Adult handplane blanks cost £100 each.


The children's version was one that we developed a number of years ago for a primary school project for year 6 students (10-11yrs). It contains a cedar handplane blank that has already been cut and roughly shaped, that is ready for sanding, decorating and oiling. The kit includes the blank, a sanding block with two grades of sandpaper, a biro for simple decorating and a bottle of oil for protecting your handplane from the elements. There will be no batches of these so numbers are not limited, but orders will be shipped once each week with the other handplane kits.  Children's handplane kits cost £50 each.

The tool kit comprises all of the tools that we use for our workshops and is everything you'll need to craft your handplane. It includes a Japanese saw, a rasp, two clamps, a sanding block, two grades of sandpaper and a bottle of oil. You can purchase the tool kit on its own; handy if you have your eye on a piece of wood in the back of the shed, or for families who might want multiple blanks, but only the one set of tools.  Tool kits cost £100 each.

We aim to offer these kits in weekly batches for as long as the UK government is advising citizens to stay at home or practice stringent social distancing measures that mean that we can’t host workshop courses. Following that, we intend to continue offering our basic handplanes in kit form with several virtual “workshop on the web” sessions scheduled throughout the year, so that any of you who are unable to join us at our workshop for a day of making (if you are following us from overseas, perhaps) can still make your own, but at home.

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