In order to be in compliance with the new State and County regulations, COVID acceptable masks must be worn at all times when in the Guild shop.
Next General Meeting: Online with ZOOM
The online invitation will be sent out 24 hours before the event.
Our ‘celebrity guest’ for the October meeting will be well-known toolmaker Ron Hock. He will focus on sharpening as a topic and this should be a great interactive opportunity for us on the subject with a true expert.
Anyone who takes hand planes seriously has heard of Hock Tools and its founder, Ron Hock. Since 1982, he has made what many consider the best plane blades on the planet. His Stanley replacement blades are 3/32" thick, considerably beefier than the originals. His Krenov blades are 3/16" thick, on a par with the blades in Japanese planes. A Hock chip-breaker is twice as thick as a Stanley original. The thickness significantly reduces chatter and makes for much smoother cuts. Hock originally used only high-carbon O1 steel, which can be honed to a very keen edge. He now also uses A2 steel, which is a bit more difficult to hone, but offers better edge-holding qualities. Based in the gritty Northern California town of Fort Bragg, Hock Tools is inextricably linked with James Krenov and the woodworking school he founded not far from Hock’s shop. In addition to the blade business, Hock is on the board of the Krenov Foundation, which supports the art and craft of fine woodworking through scholarships, exhibitions, publications and an online archive of Krenov’s work (Content credit to Dave Heim, Woodcraft Magazine).
Ron has provided the outline to his presentation in advance (see below). Now you can prepare for this presentation and be ready to maximize your learning experience. This should be a great meeting and we hope you can join us!!
Ron Hock — www.hocktools.com