At the Port Townsend School of Woodworking Plane and Simple is one of our favourite classes. Jim Tolpin and I spend two days teaching folks how to use sharpen, maintain and use benchplanes. It's wonderful to watch the grins when a student leaves with a garage sale plane working perfectly. We've a pretty high success rate - but some planes are beyond help (sorry).
Plus we add a teaser for Beyond Plane and Simple (our course on specialty planes, spokeshave and other rarer tools).
Everytime we teach this course we learn more and have more to share. The big innovation for this class is using heavily cambered blades in Jack planes to do a lot of flattening of a board. We took a crude video of this process and it is posted on our YouTube channel (and I'll post it here shortly).
I want to say a big thank you to the students on this course. I had a great time, Jim did too. Thank you for putting up with the bad jokes. We're working on those American / English woodworking translations!