I apologize for my belated greetings. The covid has pretty well messed up everything here in the states as it has for you.


I have typically sent Christmas and New Years greetings to you in the past due to my great appreciation to you for your books and DVD’s. They really helped me to focus and vastly improve my tools and my woodworking. During my career as an engineer/scientist, I designed and built rocket motors and missiles, enjoying the application of mathematics and science. Woodworking was a hobby. Upon retirement I hooked up with a chap doing repair restoration and occasional reproduction of antique furniture. I can’t  tell you the enjoyment I find in the advanced aspects of this profession. Your books were extremely helpful in turning a hobby into a profession with far deeper understanding of not only the tools but the techniques required to very successfully execute the highest levels of woodworking.


So……thanks again and I do hope you and your family are well and have a safe and very happy new year.


I am finally putting pen to paper to thank you for an exceptional weekend in January. The process of sharpening has become a delight.
The workshop is the perfect location to absorb knowledge and develop future skills.
Having the ability to create the sharpest possible edge to my tools has made my woodwork even more enjoyable.

Many thanks


I’ve been making things from wood for about 50 years, but it wasn’t until I took 3 of David’s short courses at age 61 that I learned the precision and accuracy that’s possible from well-tuned hand tools. Previously I felt limited to the accuracy of my stationary power tools. Discovering the much greater precision available to me has changed the way I work; the resulting pieces are better, I make fewer compromises and less noise, and I enjoy it much more.

Craig Allison
Short course student

“I’m finally writing to you to say how much I enjoyed the course in June and of course can’t wait to go again next year. I particularly enjoy your company and teaching style and the level of technical precision which appeals to my “theorist” mindset”

Jim Linn
BA pilot trainer