Yeung Chan Summer Seminar Build Your Own Hand Tools
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.