Yeung Chan Summer Seminar
Build Your Own Hand Tools



Yeung Chan Seminar
Peggy Gipps and Yeung smile for the camera

On a very hot weekend June 23 and 24, twenty-three DW members (and one guest) had the pleasure of attending a seminar presented by Mr. Yeung Chan, one of the country's premier woodworkers. The seminar was held in what must be one of the best personal workshops in the area Dr. Pat Di Maggio's in Walnut Creek.

Yeung's objective, which he quickly instilled into the participants, was to teach us how to build a knife and/or chisel from scratch. Students came prepared by bringing their shop grinders and specially designed Dzjigsdz built as homework prior to the seminar. Students were paired off so that everyone had plenty of access to a grinder to make their tool. We were each given two Ron Hock supplied HSS blanks from which we would shape the knife or chisel. Yeung's discussion/lecture/demonstration method of each specific step in building the tool was both efficient and entertaining. Yeung has a unique way of inspiring hisstudents to venture into new areas and gain confidence to strive for constant improvement.

It wasn't all work and no play we started each day with delicious pastries and coffee, and had super sandwiches and cookies at lunch from the local Sweet Affair Bakery.

The pictures reflect both the work and determination of the students, plus the excellent teaching of Yeung Chan.

Posted 8/15/2018

Yeung Chan Seminar
Yeung shows how to hold the steel to the grinder

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Bob Hoelwarth drilling a hole for his knife

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Ben Townley grinds his knife

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Smoothing the knife

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David Lipscomb and Jimmie Wong sharpening

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Yeung explaining the next step.


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Sharpening jig from the user's side

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Jig from back side


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Jim Fleming is making a knife

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Jeff Traeger working on his knife


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Gene Blazick adjusts his jig


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Dave Howe grinds his project


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Yeung's suitcase / toolbox Side 1


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Yeung's suitcase / toolbox side 2


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Yeung's introduction and some of Pat DiMaggio's shop


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Attentive audience


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Getting started - more of Pat's shop





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