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Slow down, go offline and work with your hands & heart

by over 6471+ accomplished woodworking
students since '08

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Canada's first woodworking school dedicated exclusively to hand tools.

You'll never believe the quality & complexity of the pieces you are able to produce using only hand tools. We will show you exactly how to do it and break it down step by step within our in-person classes.

Our workshop, located on Cape Breton Island, in the province of Nova Scotia, brings together people from all backgrounds and walks of life with a common passion for woodworking.

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I learnt more in the first semester of the resident program at the Unplugged Woodshop that I had done about anything in years

Tom Raw Resident Student

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Sharing transparently every detail of every project I've ever created.

Hand tools don't start at the workbench. They start with the breakfast you had this morning and the amount of sleep you had last night. They start with a fire under your arse so you'll get into your workshop and start making shavings of your own.

No matter if you are just getting started or are a seasoned woodworking veteran, this membership will motivate you to grab hold of a hand plane and put in the work.

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There’s endless information out there which can be overwhelming for a beginner — […] you can spend all your time researching instead of getting on with it. I definitely found it helpful to settle on one or two sources of information about tools and techniques and follow their recommendations to get started.

Jude O'Sullivan Longtime Member

your Teacher
Designing, building & teaching custom furniture made by hand for over two decades.

“This East coaster is certainly humble about his extensive resume; he's written two popular books about traditional woodworking using hand tools, and is commissioned internationally - from Australia to Germany - to teach his craft.”

My website has reached hundreds of thousands of visitors worldwide, my videos have been watched by millions and I had the pleasure to teach thousands of dedicated students in person, through my books and online.

Yet there is still nothing I enjoy more than simply building something and sharing every detail transparently with you.

About Tom Fidgen

the teachers’ generosity, experience, and enthusiasm skillfully lead us through a thorough, fully hands-on,tour of all important aspects and techniques of traditional woodworking and left us confident we can tackle any project

Filippo Tampieri Resident Student

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The Unplugged Woodshop

Hand-Crafted Projects for the Home & Workshop

by Tom Fidgen

“I have never been so inspired by a book […] and I'm indebted to Mr. Fidgen for giving me the mojo to get back into my shop and create rather than camping out in front of a TV watching others create.”

Made by Hand

Furniture Projects from the Unplugged Woodshop

by Tom Fidgen

“My husband was very pleased with this book [and] he is out in the work shop now making the tool chest. […] great for beginners or the more experienced wood worker”

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