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#1 posted 02-08-2017 11:52 PM

Having that school near you is gold. However, I know people who took computer classes and didn’t have one to use at home and it really compromised their computer talents. As such, I’m with Chris.

I’ve been doing woodwork going into five decades. During that time, I’ve never worked for anyone else or taken a class. Until the Net, I relied on books and experimentation. After the Net, YouTube and other sources proved invaluable. For example, I’d never so much as touched a wood lathe, but was able to figure out how to turn a lot of fire wood into keepables and do it safely.

In short, I’d vote for tools. You can perfect your techniques with time and for free. Too, if the class is any good, it will still be around on down the road.

One more parting thought: If you have a school near you, it is likely you also have a lot of hobbyist woodworkers. Consider running a craigslist ad.

If you were to start a woodworking hobbyist association, many publications allow you to post announcements for free. You can hold the first few meetings at the library or other places that allow associations to meet there for free.

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