Following their “Foundations” and “Tables” online courses, Apprenticeship: Greenwood is a back-to-the-roots look at vernacular woodworking. Rather than focusing on the use of dried, dimensioned stock at the bench, Michael Updegraff brings the shop into the woods. From felling and bucking trees to drawknife work at the shave horse, keeping tools sharp, and even shaping and fitting a new haft for a hatchet, this video is an introduction to working wood with a deeper understanding of the material – an understanding that our ancestors shared. Wood is a living, changing material, and the benefits and challenges of expanding our horizons from the lumberyard back into the forest will help anyone become a better woodworker.
The instruction is comprehensive, yet general enough to be applicable to a very, very wide range of applications and projects.
The quality of video and clarity of instruction is, in my opinion, far superior to most comparable instructional products out there.
The real kicker for me, however, is that the motivation and philosophical backbone is spot-on! It is not easy to inspire through instruction, and Mortise & Tenon has really achieved that here. The world needs more stuff like this.