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{"id":212214120486,"title":"Workshop: Training The Hand","handle":"training-the-hand-workshop","description":"\u003ch5\u003eDescription\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eRob's Training the Hand Workshop is held four times a year; twice in Fall and twice in Spring.  Each workshop is 5 days long and is held at Rob's Workshop in New Brunswick, Canada. \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eThere are 12 student positions available per workshop (48 per year).  Six slots in each workshop are reserved for Wounded Warriors participating in Rob's Purple Heart Project (24 per year) and six slots are reserved for paying students (24 per year). \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eThink of this as a \"Boot Camp\" for woodworking with 12 to 15  hours of intensive hands-on training daily.  Each day starts at 08:00 am, we break for lunch which is delivered to the training site, then work until 6:00pm when we break for an off-site supper, then its back in the shop until around 8:00pm; however we keep the workshop open until 10:30pm if students want to work on their projects which typically happens.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eOur students get two weeks worth of hand tool woodworking training (12-15 hours a day) in just one week of Rob's Training the Hand Workshop.  To have the same amount of instruction and workbench time in other courses you would typically have to attend a two-week course. \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eStudents bring their own hand tools or can purchase them at the workshop (see video for required tools).  Each student is assigned an individual workbench for their use during the week.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eBy the time the week is over you will be able to sharpen your tools, use a plane and chisel, six-square a piece of wood, saw correctly, hand cut dovetails, and leave with a small project you have built. \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eIf you want to jump-start your hand tool woodworking skills or just need a in-depth refresher then this is the workshop for you.  In one week you will obtain more woodworking craftsmanship skills and techniques than watching  numerous DVDs or taking numerous weekend courses.  I guarantee it will be money well spent and you will go home a better woodworker. \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #ff0000;\"\u003eOne week Training the Hand Workshop costs $1575  ($1500 tuition + $75 for materials).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #ff0000; text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eNext Workshop dates  are:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3 class=\"yiv6678151743MsoNormal\" id=\"yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1526446066220_48867\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan id=\"yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1526446066220_48866\" style=\"color: #ff0000;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 12.5px;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e7-11 October 2019\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #ff0000;\"\u003e14-18 October 2019\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #ff0000;\"\u003eIf you are interested in attending one of Rob's upcoming Training the Hand Workshops please call Rob at (877) 967-5966.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eLocation\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e1. \u003cstrong\u003eLocation.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e  The Training the Hand Workshop is held in Rob's personal workshop which is located at 275 River Valley Drive, Grand Bay, New Brunswick, E5K 1A7, Canada.  The nearest large city is Saint John, New Brunswick (Canada), approximately 20 minutes east of Rob's workshop.  The nearest large U.S. city is Bangor, Maine, located approximately 3 hours south of Rob's workshop.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e2. Woodworking Space.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e  The Training the Hand Workshop is held in Rob's personal workshop.  Approximately 1000 square foot section of Rob's workshop is set specially designed as a teaching area with 12 student workbenches.  \u003cspan\u003eEach workbench has a sharpening station, anti fatigue mats, power over head, bench lamp, and is adjustable height.  The teaching room is beautifully lit with \u003cspan style=\"font-size: 17.55px;\"\u003enatural\u003c\/span\u003e sunlight from a glass exterior wall and has bright white overhead LED lights. \u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eBorder\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e1. Basic Requirements to Enter Canada\u003c\/span\u003e. \u003c\/strong\u003eEntry into Canada is solely determined by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officials in accordance with Canadian law. The Canadian requirements for entry are:\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eMust have the necessary travel documentation to enter.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eBe in good health.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eHave no felony criminal convictions or immigration related convictions\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eIf asked, they must satisfy an immigration officer of ties to their country of origin, such as a job, home, and family.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eIf asked, they must also satisfy the officer that they will leave Canada at the end of their visit.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eMust have sufficient money for their stay.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eAll items belonging to an individual, including the vehicle the individual may be traveling in, are subject to search by the CBSA.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e2. \u003cstrong\u003eNecessary Travel Documents.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e All persons entering Canada are required to possess the requisite documentation to enter Canada and must also meet the requirements for re-entering their home country at the end of their visit. Our recommendation is to travel on a passport as this is the method which causes the least hassle when crossing into Canada and back into the U.S. (for U.S. citizens).  Below are excerpts from the US and Canadian Border Protections Services website for proper travel documents:\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003e     \u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eA. US citizens entering Canada.\u003c\/span\u003e  \u003c\/strong\u003eIf you are a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, you must carry proof of citizenship such as a passport, birth certificate, a certificate of citizenship or naturalization, a U.S. Permanent Resident Card, or a Certificate of Indian Status along with photo identification. Americans are not required to have a visa for entry into Canada.  For more information go to \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca\/travel-voyage\/ivc-rnc-eng.html\"\u003ehttp:\/\/www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca\/travel-voyage\/ivc-rnc-eng.html\u003c\/a\u003e.  Note: Our experience is traveling on a passport is the easiest and best document to use.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\n\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003e     \u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eB.  US Citizens returning from Canada.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e Documents required for U.S. citizens and permanent U.S. residents returning from visiting Canada are a U.S. Passport; Trusted Traveler Program card (NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST); U.S. Military identification card when traveling on official orders; U.S. Merchant Mariner document when traveling in conjunction with official maritime business. \u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\n\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003e     \u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eC.  Non-US Citizens.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e Most travelers to Canada need a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to, or transit through, a Canadian airport (U.S. citizens are exempt from this requirement). If you do not have the proper documents, such as an eTA or visa, you may be delayed or prevented from boarding your flight to Canada.  What you need depends on:\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003e          1)\u003c\/strong\u003e The type of travel document you will travel with;\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003e          2)\u003c\/strong\u003e The country that issued your travel document;\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003e          3)\u003c\/strong\u003e Your nationality; and\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003e          4)\u003c\/strong\u003e How you will travel to Canada.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eTo find out what you specifically need to travel to Canada, go to this website: \u003cspan\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.cic.gc.ca\/english\/visit\/visas.asp\"\u003ehttp:\/\/www.cic.gc.ca\/english\/visit\/visas.asp\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e \u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e3. \u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan\u003eF\u003c\/span\u003eelony Convictions.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e     \u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eA.  General.\u003c\/span\u003e  Non-Canadian citizens that have a conviction on their criminal record that is a felony in Canada may not be permitted entry into Canada, even if the conviction happened numerous years ago.  The biggest issue related to this that we have faced with our students is related to driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI\/DWI).  If you are a U.S. citizen with a DUI\/DWI conviction on your record, even if was reduced by the judge, you have a good chance of being denied entry into Canada.  The Canadian border agents have full access to all the US FBI criminal records and all the state Department of Motor Vehicle databases in the United States, so any U.S. citizen who has been convicted of a crime will very likely be flagged at the border.  \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e     \u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eB.  Options.\u003c\/span\u003e There are two ways to travel to Canada with felony charges or convictions appearing on your criminal record. The first option is a Canada Temporary Resident Permit, which is a document that enables a visitor with a criminal record to enter Canada for a limited amount of time. The second option is Criminal Rehabilitation, which is Canada's permanent solution for criminally inadmissible foreign nationals. Once an individual has been granted Canadian Criminal Rehabilitation, their inadmissibility problem will be fixed forever, and they can be permitted to cross the border freely again.  For more information we recommend this website:  \u003cspan\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.canadaduientrylaw.com\/\"\u003ehttp:\/\/www.canadaduientrylaw.com\/\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003e\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eSchedule\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e1. General:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e The Training the Hand Workshop is held Monday - Friday.  Travel days are the Sunday before the course starts and the Saturday after the course is over.   \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e2. Travel Days.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e  You should plan to arrive at Rob's workshop in Grand Bay on Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m. for the initial link-up (see below).  If you cannot make the link-up just let us know and we will see you on Monday.  Schedule your departure for the Saturday following the course.  See  the transportation section for a listing of nearby airports and approximate travel times.  \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e3. Initial Meet-Up.\u003c\/span\u003e  We have an initial link-up \/ meeting at Rob's Workshop for all students who can make it on the Sunday night at 8:00-9:30 pm before the course.   This is so you can see the facility; claim your workbench; drop-off your tools; meet Rob, the assistant instructors, and the other students.  As the course gets closer we will  email more details on this \"link-up\" meeting to registered students. \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e4.  Daily Schedule.\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eThink of Rob's Training the Hand Workshop as a \"Boot Camp for Woodworking.\"  Each day the workshop begins at 08:00 am, we break for lunch which is delivered to the training site, then work until 6:00pm when we break for an off-site supper, then its back in the shop until around 8:00pm; however we keep the workshop open until 10:30pm if students want to work on their projects, which typically happens.  With this packed schedule you get the equivalent of two weeks of training in just one week.  The daily schedule is something like this (basically sleep, eat, woodworking):\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e    Breakfast: 06:45 a.m. - 07:30 a.m.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e    In the shop: 08:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e    Lunch (In the shop): 12:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e    In the shop: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e    Supper: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e    In the shop: 8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. (?)\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e5. Daily Workshop Topics:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eMonday: Free-hand sharpening of planes \u0026amp; chisels; how to prepare and use a plane; how to plane wood flat, square, and straight.  \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan\u003eTuesday\u003c\/span\u003e: Hand-cut through dovetails. \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan\u003eWednesday\u003c\/span\u003e: Dimensioning lumber from rough to ready.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan\u003eThursday:\u003c\/span\u003e Build a through dovetailed bench hook from rough lumber.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan\u003eFriday\u003c\/span\u003e: Mortise and Tenons and half-blind dovetails (as time allows). \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eTransportation\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e1. Nearby Airports:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003eSaint John Airport (YSJ), Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada; approximately 45 minutes driving time from Rob's workshop.  Served only by Air Canada and Porter Airlines.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eFredericton\u003cspan\u003e International Airport (YFC), Lincoln, New Brunswick, Canada; approximately 60 minutes driving time from Rob's workshop. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan\u003eServed only by Air Canada and \u003cspan style=\"font-size: 17.55px;\"\u003eWest jet\u003c\/span\u003e Airlines.\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003eBangor International Airport (BGR), Bangor, Maine, USA; approximately 3 hours from Rob's workshop.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003ePortland International Airport (PTL) Portland, Maine, USA; approximately 5 hours from Rob's workshop.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBoston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Boston, Massachusetts, USA; approximately 6.5 hours from Rob's workshop.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e2. Local Ground Transportation.\u003c\/span\u003e  \u003cb\u003eStudents are responsible for local ground transportation from their hotel to and from Rob's workshop.  Automobile is the recommended mode of local ground transportation.  \u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 17.55px;\"\u003eUnfortunately, there is no convenient public transportation system (bus or train) in Grand Bay, but our students are great at sharing rides and car pooling.  \u003c\/span\u003eIf you are flying in, your choices for ground transportation is basically limited to airport rental car.   If you are not a Canadian resident we recommend you check with your auto insurance and see if they extend coverage to rental cars outside your home country; we have found that most insurance companies do not. \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eLodging\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e1. General.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e  There are no hotels in Grand Bay.  The closest hotels to Rob's workshop are 6 to 10 miles away, located on the west side of the city of Saint John, New Brunswick (note: Not St. John's - thats a different city).  Just search Hotels.com or any other hotel site for hotels in Grand Bay - Westfield, New Brunswick, Canada area and these hotels will come up.  \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e2. Recommended Hotel.\u003c\/span\u003e  Our recommended and sponsoring hotel for  the workshop is the Travelodge Suites by Wyndham,  located at 1011 Fairville Blvd, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.  This is a two star hotel with 4 out of 5 star ratings on TripAdvisor and Google and an 8.4 out of 10 rating on Bookings.com\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eThis nice Travelodge Suites Hotel is conveniently located between the city of Saint John and Rob's workshop in Grand Bay.  Driving time to Rob's Workshop is about 15 minutes and Driving time to downtown Saint John is about 10 minutes. \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eThis hotel supports our Purple Heart Program by sponsoring the Wounded Warriors attending the workshop and offering a significantly low rate  for paying students attending Rob's workshop.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eTo get the special Rob Cosman rate please call the hotel directly at (\u003cspan\u003e506) 635-0400 and ask \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan\u003efor the \"\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003especial Rob Cosman's PHP workshop rate\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\".  \u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cspan class=\"ggV7z r-iwb50fL2bAj0 kno-desc-sh\" jsl=\"$t t-CIdVBizxsq8;$x 0;\" data-ved=\"2ahUKEwj9i53trPrfAhUOWN8KHc8AAdkQ200wFXoECAYQAw\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"yZlgBd kd-hc\" data-ved=\"2ahUKEwj9i53trPrfAhUOWN8KHc8AAdkQ3E0wFXoECAYQBQ\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"lnMzfb\"\u003eThe rooms have free Wi-Fi, DVD players and desks, plus mini-fridges and coffeemakers. Kids 17 and under stay free with an adult.  \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan class=\"lnMzfb\"\u003eAmenities include free continental breakfast and parking. There is also a fitness room, laundry service, and a business center. Pets are welcome for a fee.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan class=\"ggV7z r-iwb50fL2bAj0 kno-desc-sh\" jsl=\"$t t-CIdVBizxsq8;$x 0;\" data-ved=\"2ahUKEwj9i53trPrfAhUOWN8KHc8AAdkQ200wFXoECAYQAw\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"yZlgBd kd-hc\" data-ved=\"2ahUKEwj9i53trPrfAhUOWN8KHc8AAdkQ3E0wFXoECAYQBQ\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"lnMzfb\"\u003e3.  Other Nearby Hotels You May Like\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan class=\"ggV7z r-iwb50fL2bAj0 kno-desc-sh\" jsl=\"$t t-CIdVBizxsq8;$x 0;\" data-ved=\"2ahUKEwj9i53trPrfAhUOWN8KHc8AAdkQ200wFXoECAYQAw\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"yZlgBd kd-hc\" data-ved=\"2ahUKEwj9i53trPrfAhUOWN8KHc8AAdkQ3E0wFXoECAYQBQ\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"lnMzfb\"\u003eHoliday Inn Express St John Harbour Side  \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan class=\"ggV7z r-iwb50fL2bAj0 kno-desc-sh\" jsl=\"$t t-CIdVBizxsq8;$x 0;\" data-ved=\"2ahUKEwj9i53trPrfAhUOWN8KHc8AAdkQ200wFXoECAYQAw\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"yZlgBd kd-hc\" data-ved=\"2ahUKEwj9i53trPrfAhUOWN8KHc8AAdkQ3E0wFXoECAYQBQ\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"lnMzfb\"\u003eHomeport Historic Bed \u0026amp; Breakfast\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cb\u003eThe Cozy Cottage Inn\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cb\u003eFundy Heights Bed \u0026amp; Breakfast\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch5 class=\"oxkUqd dcgNrc\"\u003eMeals\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eGenerally, everyone eats breakfast before the daily class starts, we cater in lunch to the workshop, and we take a 1-1\/2 hour break to go eat supper.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eFor the lunch menu we find it a big time saver to just bring in deli sandwiches, pizza, or burgers for lunch.  This way its a quick break from the workbench then you can get right back to work.  We offer a pre-paid lunch option that you can select upon course registration and payment.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eTools\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eEach student (except for Rob's Purple Heart Project scholarship students) is expected to bring their own tools to the course.  Please watch Rob's video on this page to listen to Rob talking about the required tools. \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eTo learn and keep up in the course you need quality tools.  We prefer you do not bring sub-par tools to the class, as you will spend more time tweaking and trying to tune the tool than learning woodworking skills.  If you are unsure about your tools just drop Rob an email and he can advise you. \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eIf you are lacking quality tools you can purchase any of the tools from RobCosman.com for delivery at the class.  We will also have tools available for purchase at the class if your forget something or want to upgrade. \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eLet me mention sharpening.  Sharpening is the most important woodworking skill for a hand tool woodworker.  There is numerous sharpening system on the market today, but we teach and will be using the Rob Cosman sharpening system.   We ask that you bring the sharpening materials Rob discusses on his video and that is listed in the tool list below to the course - these will also be available for purchase during the class if you don't have them.  \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003eDon't forget to plan for getting your tools home, especially if you are traveling by air. (Note: shipping tools across the US\/Canadian border using a delivery service (e.g. UPS or FEDEX) is a very bad idea and is NOT recommended).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eRequired and recommended tools:\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eDovtail saw (Rob Cosman's Dovetail Saw recommended)\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eCrosscut Saw (Rob Cosman's Joinery Crosscut Saw recommended)\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eTenon Saw (Rob Cosaman's Medium Tenon Saw recommended)\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eDovetail Marker (Rob Cosman's 6 degree Dovetail Marker  recommended)\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e2 x Marking Gauges (Rob Cosman's or Cosmanized gauges recommended)\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e2 x Dividers (4 - 8 inch dividers recommended).\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eDovetail Marking Knife.  (Rob Cosman's recommended)\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eFret Saw and spare blades,sized to fit into your dovetail saw kerf.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eSharpening gear (Rob Cosman's Apprentice sharpening kit recommended). \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eBench Chisels:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan\u003e 1\/8 inch, \u003c\/span\u003e1\/4 inch, 1\/2 inch, and 5\/8 inch (IBC or WoodRiver chisels recommended).\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eMallot (Rob Cosman's Mallot recommended).\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eMortise Chisel: 3\/8 inch (Lie Nielsen recommended).\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eBench Planes:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eLow angle block plane (WoodRiver low angle recommended) and a Jack plane (WoodRiver #5 or #5-1\/2 recommended).\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e6 or 12 inch combination square (Starrett or PEC recommended)\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e2-inch solid square (PEC recommended). \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eWinding Sticks (Rob Cosman Recommended).\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e4\"- 8\" Fine, flat, rectangular, metal mill file (for preparing your plane). \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eTape Measure.\u003c\/strong\u003e A small one 6' or 12' is all you need.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003ePencils.\u003c\/strong\u003e A couple of #2 pencils and one of those small hand held manual pencil sharpeners.  You will use a sharpened pencil to mark layout lines.  We don't recommend mechanical pencils, but if you must bring one bring one with a hard lead at least .07mm thick (.05mm is too thin).\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eRed Ink Pen.\u003c\/strong\u003e One or two red ball point (not felt tip) pen.  A red pen is needed to mark on walnut.  Red ink shows up on dark walnut.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eRag.\u003c\/strong\u003e Bring an old T-shirt you can cut up and use for a rag to wipe off and oil your tools.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eScrewdriver.  To adjust your plane frog.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eWax.  A small piece of paraffin wax to wax your plane (a tea candle is recommended).\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e Optional Tools\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e#7 Jointer plane (WoodRiver recommended).\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eScrub plane (Lie Nielsen recommended)\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eSkewed block plane (Lie Nielsen recommended)\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eSmall router plane (Lie Nielsen recommended). \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eMortise gauge (Rob Cosman recommended).\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eSoftwood Bench Chisel: 17 degree beveled chisel (1\/4 or 1\/2 inch).\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eMedium Shoulder Plane (WoodRiver #92 recommended)\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003ePanel Gauge (Rob Cosman Panel Gauge recommended)\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eShooting Board (Rob Cosman's Shooting Board recommended).\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eMisc\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e1. Canadian Money.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e  For non-Canadians coming to the course we highly recommend bringing a credit and\/or an ATM\/debit card.  Most Canadian businesses take US dollars although they don't give you the best exchange rates.  Credit cards and debit cards generally get good exchange rates, and everyone takes them. For non-Canadians we also recommend arriving to the workshop with some Canadian money in your pocket.  We recommend exchanging about $50 at the airport or border before arriving to the workshop.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e2. Pre-course Woodworking Skill Homework.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e The most important woodworking skill for a hand tool woodworker is learning to correctly sharpen your tools.  If you cannot sharpen your tools you cannot do hand tool woodworking.  This is the very first skill you will learn in the class and it will be reinforced every day.  To improve how quickly you learn to properly sharpen please watch Rob's YouTube video titled \"Top 5 Hand Plane Issues.\"  This 15-minute video explains Rob’s sharpening method at times 1:22 - 9:00, but I recommend watching the whole video as he gives you lots of tips on using hand planes that you will need during the course.  Watch the sharpening part a couple of times until you are familiar with the basic sharpening steps.  Here is the link to the video:  \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=6nxKVpVmXGI\"\u003ehttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=6nxKVpVmXGI\u003c\/a\u003e\n\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e3. Clothes in the class.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e We always get a couple of questions about what clothes to wear during the class.  The answer is comfortable.  Rob will be in shorts (he does not own long pants!), T-shirt, and a woodworking apron.  The assistant instructors will wear similar clothing. (You DON'T NEED an apron. If you don't have one, don't go buy one.)\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003e Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\"\u003cspan\u003eThe Training the Hands Workshop (Nov 2017) was a fantastic experience. Rob is a world class craftsman and an excellent instructor. The small class size ensures plenty of one-on-one attention as necessary. The five days sailed by in an instant, and I would have been happy to spend another 30 on site with Rob. This workshop is not just a terrific learning experience, however, It also is a chance to work side by side with wounded warriors who are learning or enhancing their woodworking skills under the tutelage of a master. Rob has a big heart and is deeply passionate about this service to our disabled vets. I guarantee that you will leave a better person for the experience.\"    Steve E. , November 2017\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\"I was fortunate enough to be invited to this workshop as a veteran \/ guest. The week spent together with fellow wounded and the paying guests was amazing. We took time to get to know each other throughout the week during breaks and meals. Finding a common bond with like minded folks was a much needed retreat from the challenges I face daily. Rob liked to compare my initial work speeds to a Kawasaki revving, and telling me I needed to be more like an idling Harley. I relaxed for the first time in a long time, forgetting about what plagues my mind, and finding solace in making parchment paper out of wood. As I relaxed, I stopped thinking of how quickly I could remove material and began to enjoy watching as the grain structures changed ever so slowly. By the end of the week, I discovered that not only am I capable of producing admirable work, but also that I could quickly clear my mind while doing this. Whether a prospective supporter or a fellow disabled veteran, I urge you to become involved. You may also discover what's been missing in your life.\"       Brian W.,  November 2017\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\"\u003cspan\u003eI have been fortunate enough to receive face-to-face instruction from Rob a couple of times. I've met part of his family and I've met Luther. I am grateful that I've had the opportunity to meet them. Having said that, here are the facts: 1) Rob teaches from experience; this is the real deal. 2) Rob has the ability to articulate concepts clearly and simply so that even a novice will understand and learn. 3) Rob uses real examples, on the spot, every time. Everything is live, leading you to those aha moments. 4) Rob breaks an objective into small, easily learnable and completable tasks. 5) Rob will always stop to answer a question and when he's demonstrating, he expects that you ask. 6) The course teaches proper hand-tool carpentry, meaning, 'correct techniques and their expected results.' 7) Rob will always treat you with dignity as if you are his family. 8) Teaching is his passion. 9) The veterans have become his mission. His sentiment towards them is sincere; if you participate, you'll understand. 10) Rob leaves an open door to you. He is there to be a lifelong mentor and friend. Those are facts. My experience from the class is one that I'll remember. I am also a veteran and I cannot tell you how good it feels every time I'm in the company of other vets. There's always an instant bonding between vets. Many times Rob has made comments that people cope better with woodworking and that the stress levels of people in general diminish after the week in his class. He is telling the truth. I watched individuals focus on nothing but the task at hand, letting other thoughts and people take a back seat in priority. They smiled, they laughed, they felt better. There was no time in the day for much of anything else. Not having company deadlines or life decisions in the mix as part of processing a piece of lumber made the course a relaxing outlet for everybody. I won't go into detail on the stories from the vets, but many of them have experienced some difficult times. All of them shared the exact same feeling: 'When I am woodworking, I don't think about the things that bother me. I can just be here in the moment and be focused.' I concur that I too have felt the exact same thing. It is a very healthy hobby and an important outlet. Rob is telling you truth in everything that he explains. One final thought: Listen to Rob's advice. Rob always shoots it straight. I purchased some of his tools and I purchased other competing tools. Rob's advice and his tool designs come from years of experience. In the end, I was always happier with his tools and his recommendations. If you listen to him, you will be happier too.\"\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e                                             -  Dan H, November 2017\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/robcosman.myshopify.com\/pages\/product-reviews\"\u003eSend Rob Your Product Review by Clicking Here\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003e\u003c\/h5\u003e","published_at":"2017-09-24T22:11:44-03:00","created_at":"2017-10-23T00:39:12-03:00","vendor":"RobCosman.com","type":"Training","tags":["informative_only"],"price":0,"price_min":0,"price_max":0,"available":true,"price_varies":false,"compare_at_price":null,"compare_at_price_min":0,"compare_at_price_max":0,"compare_at_price_varies":false,"variants":[{"id":4595636895782,"title":"Default Title","option1":"Default Title","option2":null,"option3":null,"sku":"","requires_shipping":false,"taxable":true,"featured_image":null,"available":true,"name":"Workshop: Training The Hand","public_title":null,"options":["Default Title"],"price":0,"weight":0,"compare_at_price":null,"inventory_quantity":0,"inventory_management":null,"inventory_policy":"deny","barcode":""}],"images":["\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Video_Picture.png?v=1512794920","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Picture_3.png?v=1512794932","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Picture1.png?v=1512794920","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Picture_4.png?v=1512802468","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Joel_Lutz.png?v=1513323486","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Raul_800x720.png?v=1513562127","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Jim_800x720.png?v=1513562578","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Peter_800x720.png?v=1513563028","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Alan_Kolts_800x720.png?v=1514535480","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Dan_Hansen_800x720.png?v=1514535518","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Warren_800x720.png?v=1514623525","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Rick_800x720.png?v=1514623501","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Jeff_80x720.png?v=1514623566","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/David_800x720_22ef5b99-b02c-4e28-a2b3-8927e7d9b054.png?v=1514623547","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Jed_800x720.png?v=1514623994","\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Steve_800x720.png?v=1514624277"],"featured_image":"\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/2302\/5983\/products\/Video_Picture.png?v=1512794920","options":["Title"],"content":"\u003ch5\u003eDescription\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eRob's Training the Hand Workshop is held four times a year; twice in Fall and twice in Spring.  Each workshop is 5 days long and is held at Rob's Workshop in New Brunswick, Canada. \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eThere are 12 student positions available per workshop (48 per year).  Six slots in each workshop are reserved for Wounded Warriors participating in Rob's Purple Heart Project (24 per year) and six slots are reserved for paying students (24 per year). \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eThink of this as a \"Boot Camp\" for woodworking with 12 to 15  hours of intensive hands-on training daily.  Each day starts at 08:00 am, we break for lunch which is delivered to the training site, then work until 6:00pm when we break for an off-site supper, then its back in the shop until around 8:00pm; however we keep the workshop open until 10:30pm if students want to work on their projects which typically happens.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eOur students get two weeks worth of hand tool woodworking training (12-15 hours a day) in just one week of Rob's Training the Hand Workshop.  To have the same amount of instruction and workbench time in other courses you would typically have to attend a two-week course. \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eStudents bring their own hand tools or can purchase them at the workshop (see video for required tools).  Each student is assigned an individual workbench for their use during the week.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eBy the time the week is over you will be able to sharpen your tools, use a plane and chisel, six-square a piece of wood, saw correctly, hand cut dovetails, and leave with a small project you have built. \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eIf you want to jump-start your hand tool woodworking skills or just need a in-depth refresher then this is the workshop for you.  In one week you will obtain more woodworking craftsmanship skills and techniques than watching  numerous DVDs or taking numerous weekend courses.  I guarantee it will be money well spent and you will go home a better woodworker. \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #ff0000;\"\u003eOne week Training the Hand Workshop costs $1575  ($1500 tuition + $75 for materials).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #ff0000; text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eNext Workshop dates  are:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3 class=\"yiv6678151743MsoNormal\" id=\"yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1526446066220_48867\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan id=\"yui_3_16_0_ym19_1_1526446066220_48866\" style=\"color: #ff0000;\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 12.5px;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e7-11 October 2019\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #ff0000;\"\u003e14-18 October 2019\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"color: #ff0000;\"\u003eIf you are interested in attending one of Rob's upcoming Training the Hand Workshops please call Rob at (877) 967-5966.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eLocation\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e1. \u003cstrong\u003eLocation.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e  The Training the Hand Workshop is held in Rob's personal workshop which is located at 275 River Valley Drive, Grand Bay, New Brunswick, E5K 1A7, Canada.  The nearest large city is Saint John, New Brunswick (Canada), approximately 20 minutes east of Rob's workshop.  The nearest large U.S. city is Bangor, Maine, located approximately 3 hours south of Rob's workshop.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e2. Woodworking Space.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e  The Training the Hand Workshop is held in Rob's personal workshop.  Approximately 1000 square foot section of Rob's workshop is set specially designed as a teaching area with 12 student workbenches.  \u003cspan\u003eEach workbench has a sharpening station, anti fatigue mats, power over head, bench lamp, and is adjustable height.  The teaching room is beautifully lit with \u003cspan style=\"font-size: 17.55px;\"\u003enatural\u003c\/span\u003e sunlight from a glass exterior wall and has bright white overhead LED lights. \u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eBorder\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e1. Basic Requirements to Enter Canada\u003c\/span\u003e. \u003c\/strong\u003eEntry into Canada is solely determined by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officials in accordance with Canadian law. The Canadian requirements for entry are:\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eMust have the necessary travel documentation to enter.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eBe in good health.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eHave no felony criminal convictions or immigration related convictions\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eIf asked, they must satisfy an immigration officer of ties to their country of origin, such as a job, home, and family.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eIf asked, they must also satisfy the officer that they will leave Canada at the end of their visit.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eMust have sufficient money for their stay.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eAll items belonging to an individual, including the vehicle the individual may be traveling in, are subject to search by the CBSA.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e2. \u003cstrong\u003eNecessary Travel Documents.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e All persons entering Canada are required to possess the requisite documentation to enter Canada and must also meet the requirements for re-entering their home country at the end of their visit. Our recommendation is to travel on a passport as this is the method which causes the least hassle when crossing into Canada and back into the U.S. (for U.S. citizens).  Below are excerpts from the US and Canadian Border Protections Services website for proper travel documents:\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003e     \u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eA. US citizens entering Canada.\u003c\/span\u003e  \u003c\/strong\u003eIf you are a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, you must carry proof of citizenship such as a passport, birth certificate, a certificate of citizenship or naturalization, a U.S. Permanent Resident Card, or a Certificate of Indian Status along with photo identification. Americans are not required to have a visa for entry into Canada.  For more information go to \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca\/travel-voyage\/ivc-rnc-eng.html\"\u003ehttp:\/\/www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca\/travel-voyage\/ivc-rnc-eng.html\u003c\/a\u003e.  Note: Our experience is traveling on a passport is the easiest and best document to use.\u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\n\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003e     \u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eB.  US Citizens returning from Canada.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e Documents required for U.S. citizens and permanent U.S. residents returning from visiting Canada are a U.S. Passport; Trusted Traveler Program card (NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST); U.S. Military identification card when traveling on official orders; U.S. Merchant Mariner document when traveling in conjunction with official maritime business. \u003cbr\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\n\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003e     \u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eC.  Non-US Citizens.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e Most travelers to Canada need a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to, or transit through, a Canadian airport (U.S. citizens are exempt from this requirement). If you do not have the proper documents, such as an eTA or visa, you may be delayed or prevented from boarding your flight to Canada.  What you need depends on:\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003e          1)\u003c\/strong\u003e The type of travel document you will travel with;\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003e          2)\u003c\/strong\u003e The country that issued your travel document;\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003e          3)\u003c\/strong\u003e Your nationality; and\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003e          4)\u003c\/strong\u003e How you will travel to Canada.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eTo find out what you specifically need to travel to Canada, go to this website: \u003cspan\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.cic.gc.ca\/english\/visit\/visas.asp\"\u003ehttp:\/\/www.cic.gc.ca\/english\/visit\/visas.asp\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e \u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e3. \u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan\u003eF\u003c\/span\u003eelony Convictions.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e     \u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eA.  General.\u003c\/span\u003e  Non-Canadian citizens that have a conviction on their criminal record that is a felony in Canada may not be permitted entry into Canada, even if the conviction happened numerous years ago.  The biggest issue related to this that we have faced with our students is related to driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI\/DWI).  If you are a U.S. citizen with a DUI\/DWI conviction on your record, even if was reduced by the judge, you have a good chance of being denied entry into Canada.  The Canadian border agents have full access to all the US FBI criminal records and all the state Department of Motor Vehicle databases in the United States, so any U.S. citizen who has been convicted of a crime will very likely be flagged at the border.  \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e     \u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eB.  Options.\u003c\/span\u003e There are two ways to travel to Canada with felony charges or convictions appearing on your criminal record. The first option is a Canada Temporary Resident Permit, which is a document that enables a visitor with a criminal record to enter Canada for a limited amount of time. The second option is Criminal Rehabilitation, which is Canada's permanent solution for criminally inadmissible foreign nationals. Once an individual has been granted Canadian Criminal Rehabilitation, their inadmissibility problem will be fixed forever, and they can be permitted to cross the border freely again.  For more information we recommend this website:  \u003cspan\u003e\u003ca href=\"http:\/\/www.canadaduientrylaw.com\/\"\u003ehttp:\/\/www.canadaduientrylaw.com\/\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003e\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eSchedule\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e1. General:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e The Training the Hand Workshop is held Monday - Friday.  Travel days are the Sunday before the course starts and the Saturday after the course is over.   \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e2. Travel Days.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e  You should plan to arrive at Rob's workshop in Grand Bay on Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m. for the initial link-up (see below).  If you cannot make the link-up just let us know and we will see you on Monday.  Schedule your departure for the Saturday following the course.  See  the transportation section for a listing of nearby airports and approximate travel times.  \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e3. Initial Meet-Up.\u003c\/span\u003e  We have an initial link-up \/ meeting at Rob's Workshop for all students who can make it on the Sunday night at 8:00-9:30 pm before the course.   This is so you can see the facility; claim your workbench; drop-off your tools; meet Rob, the assistant instructors, and the other students.  As the course gets closer we will  email more details on this \"link-up\" meeting to registered students. \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e4.  Daily Schedule.\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eThink of Rob's Training the Hand Workshop as a \"Boot Camp for Woodworking.\"  Each day the workshop begins at 08:00 am, we break for lunch which is delivered to the training site, then work until 6:00pm when we break for an off-site supper, then its back in the shop until around 8:00pm; however we keep the workshop open until 10:30pm if students want to work on their projects, which typically happens.  With this packed schedule you get the equivalent of two weeks of training in just one week.  The daily schedule is something like this (basically sleep, eat, woodworking):\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e    Breakfast: 06:45 a.m. - 07:30 a.m.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e    In the shop: 08:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e    Lunch (In the shop): 12:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e    In the shop: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e    Supper: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e    In the shop: 8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. (?)\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e5. Daily Workshop Topics:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eMonday: Free-hand sharpening of planes \u0026amp; chisels; how to prepare and use a plane; how to plane wood flat, square, and straight.  \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan\u003eTuesday\u003c\/span\u003e: Hand-cut through dovetails. \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan\u003eWednesday\u003c\/span\u003e: Dimensioning lumber from rough to ready.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan\u003eThursday:\u003c\/span\u003e Build a through dovetailed bench hook from rough lumber.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan\u003eFriday\u003c\/span\u003e: Mortise and Tenons and half-blind dovetails (as time allows). \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eTransportation\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e1. Nearby Airports:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003eSaint John Airport (YSJ), Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada; approximately 45 minutes driving time from Rob's workshop.  Served only by Air Canada and Porter Airlines.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eFredericton\u003cspan\u003e International Airport (YFC), Lincoln, New Brunswick, Canada; approximately 60 minutes driving time from Rob's workshop. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan\u003eServed only by Air Canada and \u003cspan style=\"font-size: 17.55px;\"\u003eWest jet\u003c\/span\u003e Airlines.\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003eBangor International Airport (BGR), Bangor, Maine, USA; approximately 3 hours from Rob's workshop.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003ePortland International Airport (PTL) Portland, Maine, USA; approximately 5 hours from Rob's workshop.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eBoston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Boston, Massachusetts, USA; approximately 6.5 hours from Rob's workshop.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cb\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e2. Local Ground Transportation.\u003c\/span\u003e  \u003cb\u003eStudents are responsible for local ground transportation from their hotel to and from Rob's workshop.  Automobile is the recommended mode of local ground transportation.  \u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-size: 17.55px;\"\u003eUnfortunately, there is no convenient public transportation system (bus or train) in Grand Bay, but our students are great at sharing rides and car pooling.  \u003c\/span\u003eIf you are flying in, your choices for ground transportation is basically limited to airport rental car.   If you are not a Canadian resident we recommend you check with your auto insurance and see if they extend coverage to rental cars outside your home country; we have found that most insurance companies do not. \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eLodging\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e1. General.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e  There are no hotels in Grand Bay.  The closest hotels to Rob's workshop are 6 to 10 miles away, located on the west side of the city of Saint John, New Brunswick (note: Not St. John's - thats a different city).  Just search Hotels.com or any other hotel site for hotels in Grand Bay - Westfield, New Brunswick, Canada area and these hotels will come up.  \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e2. Recommended Hotel.\u003c\/span\u003e  Our recommended and sponsoring hotel for  the workshop is the Travelodge Suites by Wyndham,  located at 1011 Fairville Blvd, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.  This is a two star hotel with 4 out of 5 star ratings on TripAdvisor and Google and an 8.4 out of 10 rating on Bookings.com\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eThis nice Travelodge Suites Hotel is conveniently located between the city of Saint John and Rob's workshop in Grand Bay.  Driving time to Rob's Workshop is about 15 minutes and Driving time to downtown Saint John is about 10 minutes. \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eThis hotel supports our Purple Heart Program by sponsoring the Wounded Warriors attending the workshop and offering a significantly low rate  for paying students attending Rob's workshop.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eTo get the special Rob Cosman rate please call the hotel directly at (\u003cspan\u003e506) 635-0400 and ask \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan\u003efor the \"\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cem\u003especial Rob Cosman's PHP workshop rate\u003c\/em\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\".  \u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cspan class=\"ggV7z r-iwb50fL2bAj0 kno-desc-sh\" jsl=\"$t t-CIdVBizxsq8;$x 0;\" data-ved=\"2ahUKEwj9i53trPrfAhUOWN8KHc8AAdkQ200wFXoECAYQAw\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"yZlgBd kd-hc\" data-ved=\"2ahUKEwj9i53trPrfAhUOWN8KHc8AAdkQ3E0wFXoECAYQBQ\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"lnMzfb\"\u003eThe rooms have free Wi-Fi, DVD players and desks, plus mini-fridges and coffeemakers. Kids 17 and under stay free with an adult.  \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan class=\"lnMzfb\"\u003eAmenities include free continental breakfast and parking. There is also a fitness room, laundry service, and a business center. Pets are welcome for a fee.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan class=\"ggV7z r-iwb50fL2bAj0 kno-desc-sh\" jsl=\"$t t-CIdVBizxsq8;$x 0;\" data-ved=\"2ahUKEwj9i53trPrfAhUOWN8KHc8AAdkQ200wFXoECAYQAw\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"yZlgBd kd-hc\" data-ved=\"2ahUKEwj9i53trPrfAhUOWN8KHc8AAdkQ3E0wFXoECAYQBQ\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"lnMzfb\"\u003e3.  Other Nearby Hotels You May Like\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan class=\"ggV7z r-iwb50fL2bAj0 kno-desc-sh\" jsl=\"$t t-CIdVBizxsq8;$x 0;\" data-ved=\"2ahUKEwj9i53trPrfAhUOWN8KHc8AAdkQ200wFXoECAYQAw\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"yZlgBd kd-hc\" data-ved=\"2ahUKEwj9i53trPrfAhUOWN8KHc8AAdkQ3E0wFXoECAYQBQ\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"lnMzfb\"\u003eHoliday Inn Express St John Harbour Side  \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003cspan class=\"ggV7z r-iwb50fL2bAj0 kno-desc-sh\" jsl=\"$t t-CIdVBizxsq8;$x 0;\" data-ved=\"2ahUKEwj9i53trPrfAhUOWN8KHc8AAdkQ200wFXoECAYQAw\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"yZlgBd kd-hc\" data-ved=\"2ahUKEwj9i53trPrfAhUOWN8KHc8AAdkQ3E0wFXoECAYQBQ\"\u003e\u003cspan class=\"lnMzfb\"\u003eHomeport Historic Bed \u0026amp; Breakfast\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cb\u003eThe Cozy Cottage Inn\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cb\u003eFundy Heights Bed \u0026amp; Breakfast\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch5 class=\"oxkUqd dcgNrc\"\u003eMeals\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eGenerally, everyone eats breakfast before the daily class starts, we cater in lunch to the workshop, and we take a 1-1\/2 hour break to go eat supper.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eFor the lunch menu we find it a big time saver to just bring in deli sandwiches, pizza, or burgers for lunch.  This way its a quick break from the workbench then you can get right back to work.  We offer a pre-paid lunch option that you can select upon course registration and payment.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eTools\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eEach student (except for Rob's Purple Heart Project scholarship students) is expected to bring their own tools to the course.  Please watch Rob's video on this page to listen to Rob talking about the required tools. \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eTo learn and keep up in the course you need quality tools.  We prefer you do not bring sub-par tools to the class, as you will spend more time tweaking and trying to tune the tool than learning woodworking skills.  If you are unsure about your tools just drop Rob an email and he can advise you. \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eIf you are lacking quality tools you can purchase any of the tools from RobCosman.com for delivery at the class.  We will also have tools available for purchase at the class if your forget something or want to upgrade. \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eLet me mention sharpening.  Sharpening is the most important woodworking skill for a hand tool woodworker.  There is numerous sharpening system on the market today, but we teach and will be using the Rob Cosman sharpening system.   We ask that you bring the sharpening materials Rob discusses on his video and that is listed in the tool list below to the course - these will also be available for purchase during the class if you don't have them.  \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan\u003eDon't forget to plan for getting your tools home, especially if you are traveling by air. (Note: shipping tools across the US\/Canadian border using a delivery service (e.g. UPS or FEDEX) is a very bad idea and is NOT recommended).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003eRequired and recommended tools:\u003c\/span\u003e\n\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eDovtail saw (Rob Cosman's Dovetail Saw recommended)\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eCrosscut Saw (Rob Cosman's Joinery Crosscut Saw recommended)\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eTenon Saw (Rob Cosaman's Medium Tenon Saw recommended)\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eDovetail Marker (Rob Cosman's 6 degree Dovetail Marker  recommended)\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e2 x Marking Gauges (Rob Cosman's or Cosmanized gauges recommended)\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e2 x Dividers (4 - 8 inch dividers recommended).\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eDovetail Marking Knife.  (Rob Cosman's recommended)\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eFret Saw and spare blades,sized to fit into your dovetail saw kerf.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eSharpening gear (Rob Cosman's Apprentice sharpening kit recommended). \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eBench Chisels:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan\u003e 1\/8 inch, \u003c\/span\u003e1\/4 inch, 1\/2 inch, and 5\/8 inch (IBC or WoodRiver chisels recommended).\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eMallot (Rob Cosman's Mallot recommended).\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eMortise Chisel: 3\/8 inch (Lie Nielsen recommended).\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eBench Planes:\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eLow angle block plane (WoodRiver low angle recommended) and a Jack plane (WoodRiver #5 or #5-1\/2 recommended).\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e6 or 12 inch combination square (Starrett or PEC recommended)\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e2-inch solid square (PEC recommended). \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eWinding Sticks (Rob Cosman Recommended).\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e4\"- 8\" Fine, flat, rectangular, metal mill file (for preparing your plane). \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eTape Measure.\u003c\/strong\u003e A small one 6' or 12' is all you need.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003ePencils.\u003c\/strong\u003e A couple of #2 pencils and one of those small hand held manual pencil sharpeners.  You will use a sharpened pencil to mark layout lines.  We don't recommend mechanical pencils, but if you must bring one bring one with a hard lead at least .07mm thick (.05mm is too thin).\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eRed Ink Pen.\u003c\/strong\u003e One or two red ball point (not felt tip) pen.  A red pen is needed to mark on walnut.  Red ink shows up on dark walnut.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cstrong\u003eRag.\u003c\/strong\u003e Bring an old T-shirt you can cut up and use for a rag to wipe off and oil your tools.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eScrewdriver.  To adjust your plane frog.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eWax.  A small piece of paraffin wax to wax your plane (a tea candle is recommended).\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e Optional Tools\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e#7 Jointer plane (WoodRiver recommended).\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eScrub plane (Lie Nielsen recommended)\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eSkewed block plane (Lie Nielsen recommended)\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eSmall router plane (Lie Nielsen recommended). \u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eMortise gauge (Rob Cosman recommended).\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eSoftwood Bench Chisel: 17 degree beveled chisel (1\/4 or 1\/2 inch).\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eMedium Shoulder Plane (WoodRiver #92 recommended)\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003ePanel Gauge (Rob Cosman Panel Gauge recommended)\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003eShooting Board (Rob Cosman's Shooting Board recommended).\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eMisc\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e1. Canadian Money.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e  For non-Canadians coming to the course we highly recommend bringing a credit and\/or an ATM\/debit card.  Most Canadian businesses take US dollars although they don't give you the best exchange rates.  Credit cards and debit cards generally get good exchange rates, and everyone takes them. For non-Canadians we also recommend arriving to the workshop with some Canadian money in your pocket.  We recommend exchanging about $50 at the airport or border before arriving to the workshop.\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e2. Pre-course Woodworking Skill Homework.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e The most important woodworking skill for a hand tool woodworker is learning to correctly sharpen your tools.  If you cannot sharpen your tools you cannot do hand tool woodworking.  This is the very first skill you will learn in the class and it will be reinforced every day.  To improve how quickly you learn to properly sharpen please watch Rob's YouTube video titled \"Top 5 Hand Plane Issues.\"  This 15-minute video explains Rob’s sharpening method at times 1:22 - 9:00, but I recommend watching the whole video as he gives you lots of tips on using hand planes that you will need during the course.  Watch the sharpening part a couple of times until you are familiar with the basic sharpening steps.  Here is the link to the video:  \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=6nxKVpVmXGI\"\u003ehttps:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?v=6nxKVpVmXGI\u003c\/a\u003e\n\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\n\u003cspan style=\"text-decoration: underline;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e3. Clothes in the class.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e We always get a couple of questions about what clothes to wear during the class.  The answer is comfortable.  Rob will be in shorts (he does not own long pants!), T-shirt, and a woodworking apron.  The assistant instructors will wear similar clothing. (You DON'T NEED an apron. If you don't have one, don't go buy one.)\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003e Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\"\u003cspan\u003eThe Training the Hands Workshop (Nov 2017) was a fantastic experience. Rob is a world class craftsman and an excellent instructor. The small class size ensures plenty of one-on-one attention as necessary. The five days sailed by in an instant, and I would have been happy to spend another 30 on site with Rob. This workshop is not just a terrific learning experience, however, It also is a chance to work side by side with wounded warriors who are learning or enhancing their woodworking skills under the tutelage of a master. Rob has a big heart and is deeply passionate about this service to our disabled vets. I guarantee that you will leave a better person for the experience.\"    Steve E. , November 2017\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\"I was fortunate enough to be invited to this workshop as a veteran \/ guest. The week spent together with fellow wounded and the paying guests was amazing. We took time to get to know each other throughout the week during breaks and meals. Finding a common bond with like minded folks was a much needed retreat from the challenges I face daily. Rob liked to compare my initial work speeds to a Kawasaki revving, and telling me I needed to be more like an idling Harley. I relaxed for the first time in a long time, forgetting about what plagues my mind, and finding solace in making parchment paper out of wood. As I relaxed, I stopped thinking of how quickly I could remove material and began to enjoy watching as the grain structures changed ever so slowly. By the end of the week, I discovered that not only am I capable of producing admirable work, but also that I could quickly clear my mind while doing this. Whether a prospective supporter or a fellow disabled veteran, I urge you to become involved. You may also discover what's been missing in your life.\"       Brian W.,  November 2017\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\"\u003cspan\u003eI have been fortunate enough to receive face-to-face instruction from Rob a couple of times. I've met part of his family and I've met Luther. I am grateful that I've had the opportunity to meet them. Having said that, here are the facts: 1) Rob teaches from experience; this is the real deal. 2) Rob has the ability to articulate concepts clearly and simply so that even a novice will understand and learn. 3) Rob uses real examples, on the spot, every time. Everything is live, leading you to those aha moments. 4) Rob breaks an objective into small, easily learnable and completable tasks. 5) Rob will always stop to answer a question and when he's demonstrating, he expects that you ask. 6) The course teaches proper hand-tool carpentry, meaning, 'correct techniques and their expected results.' 7) Rob will always treat you with dignity as if you are his family. 8) Teaching is his passion. 9) The veterans have become his mission. His sentiment towards them is sincere; if you participate, you'll understand. 10) Rob leaves an open door to you. He is there to be a lifelong mentor and friend. Those are facts. My experience from the class is one that I'll remember. I am also a veteran and I cannot tell you how good it feels every time I'm in the company of other vets. There's always an instant bonding between vets. Many times Rob has made comments that people cope better with woodworking and that the stress levels of people in general diminish after the week in his class. He is telling the truth. I watched individuals focus on nothing but the task at hand, letting other thoughts and people take a back seat in priority. They smiled, they laughed, they felt better. There was no time in the day for much of anything else. Not having company deadlines or life decisions in the mix as part of processing a piece of lumber made the course a relaxing outlet for everybody. I won't go into detail on the stories from the vets, but many of them have experienced some difficult times. All of them shared the exact same feeling: 'When I am woodworking, I don't think about the things that bother me. I can just be here in the moment and be focused.' I concur that I too have felt the exact same thing. It is a very healthy hobby and an important outlet. Rob is telling you truth in everything that he explains. One final thought: Listen to Rob's advice. Rob always shoots it straight. I purchased some of his tools and I purchased other competing tools. Rob's advice and his tool designs come from years of experience. In the end, I was always happier with his tools and his recommendations. If you listen to him, you will be happier too.\"\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e                                             -  Dan H, November 2017\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e \u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/robcosman.myshopify.com\/pages\/product-reviews\"\u003eSend Rob Your Product Review by Clicking Here\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003e\u003c\/h5\u003e"}

Workshop: Training The Hand

Product Description

Rob's Training the Hand Workshop is held four times a year; twice in Fall and twice in Spring.  Each workshop is 5 days long and is held at Rob's Workshop in New Brunswick, Canada. 

There are 12 student positions available per workshop (48 per year).  Six slots in each workshop are reserved for Wounded Warriors participating in Rob's Purple Heart Project (24 per year) and six slots are reserved for paying students (24 per year). 

Think of this as a "Boot Camp" for woodworking with 12 to 15  hours of intensive hands-on training daily.  Each day starts at 08:00 am, we break for lunch which is delivered to the training site, then work until 6:00pm when we break for an off-site supper, then its back in the shop until around 8:00pm; however we keep the workshop open until 10:30pm if students want to work on their projects which typically happens.

Our students get two weeks worth of hand tool woodworking training (12-15 hours a day) in just one week of Rob's Training the Hand Workshop.  To have the same amount of instruction and workbench time in other courses you would typically have to attend a two-week course. 

Students bring their own hand tools or can purchase them at the workshop (see video for required tools).  Each student is assigned an individual workbench for their use during the week.

By the time the week is over you will be able to sharpen your tools, use a plane and chisel, six-square a piece of wood, saw correctly, hand cut dovetails, and leave with a small project you have built. 

If you want to jump-start your hand tool woodworking skills or just need a in-depth refresher then this is the workshop for you.  In one week you will obtain more woodworking craftsmanship skills and techniques than watching  numerous DVDs or taking numerous weekend courses.  I guarantee it will be money well spent and you will go home a better woodworker. 

  • One week Training the Hand Workshop costs $1575  ($1500 tuition + $75 for materials).

  • Next Workshop dates  are:

    • 7-11 October 2019

    • 14-18 October 2019

If you are interested in attending one of Rob's upcoming Training the Hand Workshops please call Rob at (877) 967-5966.

1. Location.  The Training the Hand Workshop is held in Rob's personal workshop which is located at 275 River Valley Drive, Grand Bay, New Brunswick, E5K 1A7, Canada.  The nearest large city is Saint John, New Brunswick (Canada), approximately 20 minutes east of Rob's workshop.  The nearest large U.S. city is Bangor, Maine, located approximately 3 hours south of Rob's workshop.

2. Woodworking Space.  The Training the Hand Workshop is held in Rob's personal workshop.  Approximately 1000 square foot section of Rob's workshop is set specially designed as a teaching area with 12 student workbenches.  Each workbench has a sharpening station, anti fatigue mats, power over head, bench lamp, and is adjustable height.  The teaching room is beautifully lit with natural sunlight from a glass exterior wall and has bright white overhead LED lights. 

1. Basic Requirements to Enter Canada. Entry into Canada is solely determined by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officials in accordance with Canadian law. The Canadian requirements for entry are:

  • Must have the necessary travel documentation to enter.

  • Be in good health.

  • Have no felony criminal convictions or immigration related convictions

  • If asked, they must satisfy an immigration officer of ties to their country of origin, such as a job, home, and family.

  • If asked, they must also satisfy the officer that they will leave Canada at the end of their visit.

  • Must have sufficient money for their stay.

  • All items belonging to an individual, including the vehicle the individual may be traveling in, are subject to search by the CBSA.

2. Necessary Travel Documents. All persons entering Canada are required to possess the requisite documentation to enter Canada and must also meet the requirements for re-entering their home country at the end of their visit. Our recommendation is to travel on a passport as this is the method which causes the least hassle when crossing into Canada and back into the U.S. (for U.S. citizens).  Below are excerpts from the US and Canadian Border Protections Services website for proper travel documents:

     A. US citizens entering Canada.  If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, you must carry proof of citizenship such as a passport, birth certificate, a certificate of citizenship or naturalization, a U.S. Permanent Resident Card, or a Certificate of Indian Status along with photo identification. Americans are not required to have a visa for entry into Canada.  For more information go to http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/travel-voyage/ivc-rnc-eng.html.  Note: Our experience is traveling on a passport is the easiest and best document to use.

     B.  US Citizens returning from Canada. Documents required for U.S. citizens and permanent U.S. residents returning from visiting Canada are a U.S. Passport; Trusted Traveler Program card (NEXUS, SENTRI or FAST); U.S. Military identification card when traveling on official orders; U.S. Merchant Mariner document when traveling in conjunction with official maritime business. 

     C.  Non-US Citizens. Most travelers to Canada need a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to fly to, or transit through, a Canadian airport (U.S. citizens are exempt from this requirement). If you do not have the proper documents, such as an eTA or visa, you may be delayed or prevented from boarding your flight to Canada.  What you need depends on:

          1) The type of travel document you will travel with;

          2) The country that issued your travel document;

          3) Your nationality; and

          4) How you will travel to Canada.

To find out what you specifically need to travel to Canada, go to this website: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/visit/visas.asp

 3. Felony Convictions. 

     A.  General.  Non-Canadian citizens that have a conviction on their criminal record that is a felony in Canada may not be permitted entry into Canada, even if the conviction happened numerous years ago.  The biggest issue related to this that we have faced with our students is related to driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI/DWI).  If you are a U.S. citizen with a DUI/DWI conviction on your record, even if was reduced by the judge, you have a good chance of being denied entry into Canada.  The Canadian border agents have full access to all the US FBI criminal records and all the state Department of Motor Vehicle databases in the United States, so any U.S. citizen who has been convicted of a crime will very likely be flagged at the border.  

     B.  Options. There are two ways to travel to Canada with felony charges or convictions appearing on your criminal record. The first option is a Canada Temporary Resident Permit, which is a document that enables a visitor with a criminal record to enter Canada for a limited amount of time. The second option is Criminal Rehabilitation, which is Canada's permanent solution for criminally inadmissible foreign nationals. Once an individual has been granted Canadian Criminal Rehabilitation, their inadmissibility problem will be fixed forever, and they can be permitted to cross the border freely again.  For more information we recommend this website:  http://www.canadaduientrylaw.com/

1. General: The Training the Hand Workshop is held Monday - Friday.  Travel days are the Sunday before the course starts and the Saturday after the course is over.   

2. Travel Days.  You should plan to arrive at Rob's workshop in Grand Bay on Sunday evening at 8:00 p.m. for the initial link-up (see below).  If you cannot make the link-up just let us know and we will see you on Monday.  Schedule your departure for the Saturday following the course.  See  the transportation section for a listing of nearby airports and approximate travel times.  

3. Initial Meet-Up.  We have an initial link-up / meeting at Rob's Workshop for all students who can make it on the Sunday night at 8:00-9:30 pm before the course.   This is so you can see the facility; claim your workbench; drop-off your tools; meet Rob, the assistant instructors, and the other students.  As the course gets closer we will  email more details on this "link-up" meeting to registered students. 

4.  Daily Schedule.  Think of Rob's Training the Hand Workshop as a "Boot Camp for Woodworking."  Each day the workshop begins at 08:00 am, we break for lunch which is delivered to the training site, then work until 6:00pm when we break for an off-site supper, then its back in the shop until around 8:00pm; however we keep the workshop open until 10:30pm if students want to work on their projects, which typically happens.  With this packed schedule you get the equivalent of two weeks of training in just one week.  The daily schedule is something like this (basically sleep, eat, woodworking):

  •     Breakfast: 06:45 a.m. - 07:30 a.m.

  •     In the shop: 08:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

  •     Lunch (In the shop): 12:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  •     In the shop: 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

  •     Supper: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

  •     In the shop: 8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. (?)

5. Daily Workshop Topics:

  • Monday: Free-hand sharpening of planes & chisels; how to prepare and use a plane; how to plane wood flat, square, and straight.  

  • Tuesday: Hand-cut through dovetails. 

  • Wednesday: Dimensioning lumber from rough to ready.

  • Thursday: Build a through dovetailed bench hook from rough lumber.

  • Friday: Mortise and Tenons and half-blind dovetails (as time allows). 

    1. Nearby Airports:

    • Saint John Airport (YSJ), Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada; approximately 45 minutes driving time from Rob's workshop.  Served only by Air Canada and Porter Airlines.

    • Fredericton International Airport (YFC), Lincoln, New Brunswick, Canada; approximately 60 minutes driving time from Rob's workshop. Served only by Air Canada and West jet Airlines.

    • Bangor International Airport (BGR), Bangor, Maine, USA; approximately 3 hours from Rob's workshop.

    • Portland International Airport (PTL) Portland, Maine, USA; approximately 5 hours from Rob's workshop.

    • Boston-Logan International Airport (BOS), Boston, Massachusetts, USA; approximately 6.5 hours from Rob's workshop.

    2. Local Ground Transportation.  Students are responsible for local ground transportation from their hotel to and from Rob's workshop.  Automobile is the recommended mode of local ground transportation.  Unfortunately, there is no convenient public transportation system (bus or train) in Grand Bay, but our students are great at sharing rides and car pooling.  If you are flying in, your choices for ground transportation is basically limited to airport rental car.   If you are not a Canadian resident we recommend you check with your auto insurance and see if they extend coverage to rental cars outside your home country; we have found that most insurance companies do not. 

      1. General.  There are no hotels in Grand Bay.  The closest hotels to Rob's workshop are 6 to 10 miles away, located on the west side of the city of Saint John, New Brunswick (note: Not St. John's - thats a different city).  Just search Hotels.com or any other hotel site for hotels in Grand Bay - Westfield, New Brunswick, Canada area and these hotels will come up.  

      2. Recommended Hotel.  Our recommended and sponsoring hotel for  the workshop is the Travelodge Suites by Wyndham,  located at 1011 Fairville Blvd, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.  This is a two star hotel with 4 out of 5 star ratings on TripAdvisor and Google and an 8.4 out of 10 rating on Bookings.com

      This nice Travelodge Suites Hotel is conveniently located between the city of Saint John and Rob's workshop in Grand Bay.  Driving time to Rob's Workshop is about 15 minutes and Driving time to downtown Saint John is about 10 minutes. 

      This hotel supports our Purple Heart Program by sponsoring the Wounded Warriors attending the workshop and offering a significantly low rate  for paying students attending Rob's workshop.

      To get the special Rob Cosman rate please call the hotel directly at (506) 635-0400 and ask for the "special Rob Cosman's PHP workshop rate".  

      The rooms have free Wi-Fi, DVD players and desks, plus mini-fridges and coffeemakers. Kids 17 and under stay free with an adult.  Amenities include free continental breakfast and parking. There is also a fitness room, laundry service, and a business center. Pets are welcome for a fee.

      3.  Other Nearby Hotels You May Like

      • Holiday Inn Express St John Harbour Side  

      • Homeport Historic Bed & Breakfast

      • The Cozy Cottage Inn

      • Fundy Heights Bed & Breakfast

      Generally, everyone eats breakfast before the daily class starts, we cater in lunch to the workshop, and we take a 1-1/2 hour break to go eat supper.

      For the lunch menu we find it a big time saver to just bring in deli sandwiches, pizza, or burgers for lunch.  This way its a quick break from the workbench then you can get right back to work.  We offer a pre-paid lunch option that you can select upon course registration and payment.

      Each student (except for Rob's Purple Heart Project scholarship students) is expected to bring their own tools to the course.  Please watch Rob's video on this page to listen to Rob talking about the required tools. 

      To learn and keep up in the course you need quality tools.  We prefer you do not bring sub-par tools to the class, as you will spend more time tweaking and trying to tune the tool than learning woodworking skills.  If you are unsure about your tools just drop Rob an email and he can advise you. 

      If you are lacking quality tools you can purchase any of the tools from RobCosman.com for delivery at the class.  We will also have tools available for purchase at the class if your forget something or want to upgrade. 

      Let me mention sharpening.  Sharpening is the most important woodworking skill for a hand tool woodworker.  There is numerous sharpening system on the market today, but we teach and will be using the Rob Cosman sharpening system.   We ask that you bring the sharpening materials Rob discusses on his video and that is listed in the tool list below to the course - these will also be available for purchase during the class if you don't have them.  

      Don't forget to plan for getting your tools home, especially if you are traveling by air. (Note: shipping tools across the US/Canadian border using a delivery service (e.g. UPS or FEDEX) is a very bad idea and is NOT recommended).

      Required and recommended tools:

      • Dovtail saw (Rob Cosman's Dovetail Saw recommended)

      • Crosscut Saw (Rob Cosman's Joinery Crosscut Saw recommended)

      • Tenon Saw (Rob Cosaman's Medium Tenon Saw recommended)

      • Dovetail Marker (Rob Cosman's 6 degree Dovetail Marker  recommended)

      • 2 x Marking Gauges (Rob Cosman's or Cosmanized gauges recommended)

      • 2 x Dividers (4 - 8 inch dividers recommended).

      • Dovetail Marking Knife.  (Rob Cosman's recommended)

      • Fret Saw and spare blades,sized to fit into your dovetail saw kerf.

      • Sharpening gear (Rob Cosman's Apprentice sharpening kit recommended). 

      • Bench Chisels: 1/8 inch, 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch, and 5/8 inch (IBC or WoodRiver chisels recommended).

      • Mallot (Rob Cosman's Mallot recommended).

      • Mortise Chisel: 3/8 inch (Lie Nielsen recommended).

      • Bench Planes: Low angle block plane (WoodRiver low angle recommended) and a Jack plane (WoodRiver #5 or #5-1/2 recommended).

      • 6 or 12 inch combination square (Starrett or PEC recommended)

      • 2-inch solid square (PEC recommended). 

      • Winding Sticks (Rob Cosman Recommended).

      • 4"- 8" Fine, flat, rectangular, metal mill file (for preparing your plane). 

      • Tape Measure. A small one 6' or 12' is all you need.

      • Pencils. A couple of #2 pencils and one of those small hand held manual pencil sharpeners.  You will use a sharpened pencil to mark layout lines.  We don't recommend mechanical pencils, but if you must bring one bring one with a hard lead at least .07mm thick (.05mm is too thin).

      • Red Ink Pen. One or two red ball point (not felt tip) pen.  A red pen is needed to mark on walnut.  Red ink shows up on dark walnut.

      • Rag. Bring an old T-shirt you can cut up and use for a rag to wipe off and oil your tools.

      • Screwdriver.  To adjust your plane frog.

      • Wax.  A small piece of paraffin wax to wax your plane (a tea candle is recommended).

      Optional Tools

      • #7 Jointer plane (WoodRiver recommended).

      • Scrub plane (Lie Nielsen recommended)

      • Skewed block plane (Lie Nielsen recommended)

      • Small router plane (Lie Nielsen recommended). 

      • Mortise gauge (Rob Cosman recommended).

      • Softwood Bench Chisel: 17 degree beveled chisel (1/4 or 1/2 inch).

      • Medium Shoulder Plane (WoodRiver #92 recommended)

      • Panel Gauge (Rob Cosman Panel Gauge recommended)

      • Shooting Board (Rob Cosman's Shooting Board recommended).

      1. Canadian Money.  For non-Canadians coming to the course we highly recommend bringing a credit and/or an ATM/debit card.  Most Canadian businesses take US dollars although they don't give you the best exchange rates.  Credit cards and debit cards generally get good exchange rates, and everyone takes them. For non-Canadians we also recommend arriving to the workshop with some Canadian money in your pocket.  We recommend exchanging about $50 at the airport or border before arriving to the workshop.

      2. Pre-course Woodworking Skill Homework. The most important woodworking skill for a hand tool woodworker is learning to correctly sharpen your tools.  If you cannot sharpen your tools you cannot do hand tool woodworking.  This is the very first skill you will learn in the class and it will be reinforced every day.  To improve how quickly you learn to properly sharpen please watch Rob's YouTube video titled "Top 5 Hand Plane Issues."  This 15-minute video explains Rob’s sharpening method at times 1:22 - 9:00, but I recommend watching the whole video as he gives you lots of tips on using hand planes that you will need during the course.  Watch the sharpening part a couple of times until you are familiar with the basic sharpening steps.  Here is the link to the video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nxKVpVmXGI

      3. Clothes in the class. We always get a couple of questions about what clothes to wear during the class.  The answer is comfortable.  Rob will be in shorts (he does not own long pants!), T-shirt, and a woodworking apron.  The assistant instructors will wear similar clothing. (You DON'T NEED an apron. If you don't have one, don't go buy one.)

       

      "The Training the Hands Workshop (Nov 2017) was a fantastic experience. Rob is a world class craftsman and an excellent instructor. The small class size ensures plenty of one-on-one attention as necessary. The five days sailed by in an instant, and I would have been happy to spend another 30 on site with Rob. This workshop is not just a terrific learning experience, however, It also is a chance to work side by side with wounded warriors who are learning or enhancing their woodworking skills under the tutelage of a master. Rob has a big heart and is deeply passionate about this service to our disabled vets. I guarantee that you will leave a better person for the experience."    Steve E. , November 2017

       

      "I was fortunate enough to be invited to this workshop as a veteran / guest. The week spent together with fellow wounded and the paying guests was amazing. We took time to get to know each other throughout the week during breaks and meals. Finding a common bond with like minded folks was a much needed retreat from the challenges I face daily. Rob liked to compare my initial work speeds to a Kawasaki revving, and telling me I needed to be more like an idling Harley. I relaxed for the first time in a long time, forgetting about what plagues my mind, and finding solace in making parchment paper out of wood. As I relaxed, I stopped thinking of how quickly I could remove material and began to enjoy watching as the grain structures changed ever so slowly. By the end of the week, I discovered that not only am I capable of producing admirable work, but also that I could quickly clear my mind while doing this. Whether a prospective supporter or a fellow disabled veteran, I urge you to become involved. You may also discover what's been missing in your life."       Brian W.,  November 2017

       

      "I have been fortunate enough to receive face-to-face instruction from Rob a couple of times. I've met part of his family and I've met Luther. I am grateful that I've had the opportunity to meet them. Having said that, here are the facts: 1) Rob teaches from experience; this is the real deal. 2) Rob has the ability to articulate concepts clearly and simply so that even a novice will understand and learn. 3) Rob uses real examples, on the spot, every time. Everything is live, leading you to those aha moments. 4) Rob breaks an objective into small, easily learnable and completable tasks. 5) Rob will always stop to answer a question and when he's demonstrating, he expects that you ask. 6) The course teaches proper hand-tool carpentry, meaning, 'correct techniques and their expected results.' 7) Rob will always treat you with dignity as if you are his family. 8) Teaching is his passion. 9) The veterans have become his mission. His sentiment towards them is sincere; if you participate, you'll understand. 10) Rob leaves an open door to you. He is there to be a lifelong mentor and friend. Those are facts. My experience from the class is one that I'll remember. I am also a veteran and I cannot tell you how good it feels every time I'm in the company of other vets. There's always an instant bonding between vets. Many times Rob has made comments that people cope better with woodworking and that the stress levels of people in general diminish after the week in his class. He is telling the truth. I watched individuals focus on nothing but the task at hand, letting other thoughts and people take a back seat in priority. They smiled, they laughed, they felt better. There was no time in the day for much of anything else. Not having company deadlines or life decisions in the mix as part of processing a piece of lumber made the course a relaxing outlet for everybody. I won't go into detail on the stories from the vets, but many of them have experienced some difficult times. All of them shared the exact same feeling: 'When I am woodworking, I don't think about the things that bother me. I can just be here in the moment and be focused.' I concur that I too have felt the exact same thing. It is a very healthy hobby and an important outlet. Rob is telling you truth in everything that he explains. One final thought: Listen to Rob's advice. Rob always shoots it straight. I purchased some of his tools and I purchased other competing tools. Rob's advice and his tool designs come from years of experience. In the end, I was always happier with his tools and his recommendations. If you listen to him, you will be happier too."

                                                   -  Dan H, November 2017

       

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