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What is the Tool Masters Association?

  • The Tool Masters Association is first and foremost a discount tool purchasing program, but so much more!
  • TMA is a central resource for passionate beginners, hobbyists, & professionals alike.
  • We’re committed to building our community and helping our members.

 

Why should I become a member?
  • Quality discounts from a wide variety of customer friendly merchants
    * Not available to the general public & exceptional offers
  • Exclusive monthly merchant deals
  • BIG monthly build off contests with unbelievable prizes!
  • Access to courses and education from top industry professionals on a variety of topics
     * Live online events
     * Previous classes are saved for later viewing
  • Admission to an exclusive community which includes
    * A vast network of skillsets ready to help answer any questions you may have
    * Interact with your favorite content creators
    * Have your social media content listed among creator members
    * Outreach program to assist community members that are in need
  • Automatically be entered for monthly giveaways
  • Eligible for larger end of year giveaways

 

Ok. I’m sold. How do I become a member?
  1. Purchase Subscription
  2. Get involved in our community!

Online Training Courses

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Hand Tool Know How
With CHOP with CHRIS

Electricity? Pfft... Who needs it?  Wield that mighty hand tool and get to town showing that lumber who's boss!  Join Chris Shey from CHOP with CHRIS in this live class this Thursday, August 10th at 9PM Eastern. Click the banner or link below to join the class.

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Intro to Vectric Software
With Laney Shaughnessy of A Simple Design of Ocala

You can't do much with a CNC without some design software to go along with it.  Watch as Laney introduces you to Vectric, a popular CNC application used by pros around the world. 

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Product Photography 101
With Joel Crawford of the Missing Digit Woodshop

Grab your camera and head into the shop!  Join in with Joel as he explains the ins and outs of product photography in regards to a woodshop.

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Intro to Sketchup with Izzy Swan

Join Izzy in this 3 week online course where you can follow along and get up to speed in this popular 3D design software.

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Understanding Design 102
Instructor: Jimmy DiResta

In this special LIVE session, Mr. Jimmy Diresta himself will go over many aspects of design.  Interact with him and ask questions live during his class on the TMA Facebook page!  Click the banner above to view the recorded class!

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Understanding Design 101
Instructor: Izzy Swan

In this special class, Izzy leans on his decades of experience in creating furniture and covers the ins and outs of design both in and out of the workshop.

Woodturning 101
Instructor: Carl Jacobson

In this live video, Carl covers the basics of Woodturning and what you need to know to get started!  
So hop on your lathe, or snag one from a TMA merchant and join us!

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Intro to Fusion 360
Instructor: Ben Brandt

In this 6 week live video series, Ben covered the fundamentals of Fusion 360 and how it can help your workflow as a maker.  This powerful software can be used in planning your build, design visualization, generating plan sets and even setup to interface with a 3D printer or CNC machine!

Required Software: AutoDesk Fusion 360 (Free)

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Our Awesome Instructors


Our Fusion 360 courses are taught by Ben Brandt. With a professional background in manufacturing engineering, Ben brings years of experience working with AutoCAD, Solidworks, and more. Ben will walk you though the concepts of 3D modeling through live demonstration so nothing will be missed and questions can be answered along the way.
The instructor for the Art and Design course should need no introduction.  A New York City native, Jimmy DiResta, has an extensive background in making, design and TV/video production. He also happens to teach Art and Design at the School of Visual Arts in NYC.  You can find more of Jimmy's work on many YouTube channels, including Make: Magazine's, core77 and even his own.
Our Intro to Wood Turning series is lead by none other than Carl Jacobson.  No stranger to the lathe, Carl masterfully demonstrates his passion and proficiency for wood turning in almost every project he produces! One glance at his YouTube channel or his website and you will see a wide variety of original and pop culture influenced creations on display.
Our Abstract Design Course is taught by the ever talented Rebecca DeGroot.  Having a double major in Art Education and Sculpture & Functional Art combined with being a fulltime high school art teacher, Rebecca is force to be reckoned with!  Inspired by nature and the inherent beauty of the materials she uses, Rebecca brings life to her art in a very organic yet mechanical way. Checkout her work on YouTube or at  rebeccadegroot.com
The Art of Rustic Design is taught by the Izzy Swan himself.  A 30 year veteran in the rustic furniture design industry, Izzy takes a creative thinkers approach to woodworking.  He is always happy to share his experience and knowledge with others, even while piloting a 15+ feet tall drill powered T-Rex named Bob.  For examples of his work, just take a look around this site. 😀

Giveaways

For the month of August, we will be giving away a TrueTrac Starter Kit!!!

Monthly Build Offs

The Build Off for the month of August is to build a chair.  All entries need to be in by August 25th!
Checkout the Facebook page for more info!

Team TMA

Izzy Swan - Getting Jiggy with It

If you would like to know about Izzy, click on the "About" link on the top of this page. Duh. 😛

Ben Brandt -  Graphic Design Dude

With a passion for technology, engineering, and art in many forms, Ben enjoys being creative in a variety of ways. With hobbies ranging from woodworking to electronics, and 3D CAD to video editing, Ben brings it all together and shares his projects online to inspire and engage the maker community. Check out Ben's work on YouTube or visit B2Builds.com

Chad Grosklags - Social Media Dude

Chad has a passion for learning new things.  His youtube channel, ManCrafting,  is a way of documenting the learning process and sharing what he has learned with others. Known mostly for powdercoating, his interests include welding, 3D printing, lasers and wood working.  You can find him on most social media platforms under ManCrafting or at ManCraftingTM.com