Starting at Woodworking


Start woodworking today! This tutorial + videos (2) provide an introduction to woodworking and the tools necessary to begin woodworking. Woodworking is a broad subject but this tutorial explains the essentials. An inexpensive first set of tools is introduced and how to use them. Woodworking terminology is described along with important concepts to guide you through woodworking.

A relatively simple woodworking project is included. The project involves building a tool you will use in your future woodworking projects! Woodworking is an excellent outlet to channel your creativity. This tutorial will motivate you to start your woodworking journey and build your first project!

After completing this tutorial, invest in the WoodSkills comprehensive Woodworking Course to further your woodworking education and continue your woodworking journey. 

Smoothing board with a handplane

Learn from a woodworking expert. Norman Pirollo has been woodworking for over 25 years, his work has been published in magazines and books. As well, he has launched four woodworking businesses. Norman is the author of the From Hi-Tech to Lo-Tech: A Woodworker's Journey book, chronicling his exciting journey into woodworking. Most recently, Norman has written Woodworking: From Design To Making

Norman maintains a blog of ongoing projects in his studio as well as having written and published four books in the past year. Some of the books and magazines where authors furniture, work methods and philosophy have been featured:

Craftisian Interview (Norman Pirollo)
HackSpace Magazine – Make With Wood  April 2020
Woodworking: From Design To Making (New Art Press)
The Wood Artist: Creating Art Through Wood (New Art Press)

From Hi-Tech to Lo-Tech: A Woodworker’s Journey (New Art Press)
Start Your Own Woodworking Business (New Art Press)
Rooted: Contemporary Studio Furniture (Schiffer Publishing)
IDS15 (Studio North)
Canadian Woodworking magazine Jan. 2015
IDS14 (Studio North)
Fine Woodworking Magazine 4 Bench Jigs for Handplanes 
2009 Fine Woodworking Magazine 
Essential Shopmade Jigs 2009
Woodwork magazine
Wood Art Today 2 (Schiffer Books)
500 Cabinets ( Lark Books)
Studio Furniture: Today’s Leading Woodworkers (Schiffer Books)
Canadian Interiors Design Source Guide
Ottawa Life magazine (Profile, work) 2012
Panoram Italia magazine Our Homes magazine