The Unplugged Woodshop is Canada’s first, “hand-tool-only” woodworking school.

Located in Toronto, Ontario, the fourth largest city in North-America, you’ll have much to see and experience while you’re here.

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Classified as an alpha global city by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network, Toronto is a leading international centre of business, finance, arts and culture.

Our 2100 square foot facility, with South-West facing windows, and studio-inspired, white-washed walls, welcomes an abundance of natural light all through the working day.

Nicholson Style WorkbenchThe woodshop is well equipped with traditional style workbenches, dedicated sawyer’s benches, elevated work stations, where special purpose tasks like sharpening,

French polishing and parquetry are practiced, as well as Moxon-Style vices with stand alone resawing stations make our school a truly, hand-tool-friendly work environment.

The UW-Toronto is also proud to host our very own “Hand-Tool Emporium” where you’ll find some of the finest hand tools available anywhere on the planet.

With makers and manufacturers from Canada and the United States, England, France, New Zealand and Australia, you’ll be able to put these tools to test during your classes and courses.

The Unplugged Woodshop Toronto is dedicated to providing students with a safe and inspired, educational experience through the proper use of hand tools and the fine art of working wood.

Make everyday, a masterpiece!


tom fidgen b&wTOM FIDGEN

Tom Fidgen is an author, musician, designer and maker.
He is the founder and lead Instructor at the Unplugged Woodshop – Toronto.

Originally from Cape Breton Island, in Nova Scotia, Canada, Tom has a background in Set Design and Wooden Boat Building.

Tom has written for Fine-Woodworking Magazine, Popular Woodworking Magazine, Canadian Woodworking Magazine, Furniture & Cabinetmaking Magazine, British Woodworking Magazine,
as well as the Lee Valley Tools Newsletter.

His first book, Made by Hand – Furniture Projects from the Unplugged Woodshop ( 2009-F&W Media ) was the top selling woodworking book of 2010 and is regarded as:

“The definitive book of how to build woodworking projects using hand tools.”

His much anticipated follow-up, The Unplugged Woodshop – Hand Crafted Projects for the Home and Workshop, was released with The Taunton Press in September 2013, and has received critical acclaim since its debut.

Tom teaches woodworking and hand tools at the UW – Toronto, as well as both Nationally and Internationally.




If you’re interested in having me visit a school or workshop near you, that may be arranged.
If you’re having an event, I would be happy to give a class, lecture or demonstration.
In 2015, I lectured at the Woodworks Conference
in Perth, Ontario as well as the Woodworking in America conference in Kansas City, MO.
I taught at Lee Valley Tools in Toronto, Ontario,
Rosewood Studio in Perth, Ontario,
Yukon College, in White Horse, Canada,
Dictum School of Woodworking, in Munich, Germany,
and at the New English Workshop, in Warwickshire, England.

In 2016, I’ll be at Sawlapalooza
in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, USA,
and again at the Woodworks Conference in Perth, Ontario, Canada.
I’m scheduled to teach in Australia in March, Germany in June, and the UK in July.

I’m always open to new adventures and ideas~
Use the contact form to send any thoughts, comments, inquiries and/or requests.

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Recent Video

Here are some video links where you’ll see some of my previous classes:

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