Get an Edge on Your Tools
Instructor: John Peirce
There is nothing quite like a properly shaped and sharpened woodworking tool. It makes life easier and safer, greatly reduces frustration and yields a much better product. This course is designed to help you with the basics of sharpening straight or gently curved edge tools, including chisels, plane blades, carving knives and gouges, drawknives and axes. We will cover blade geometry, preparation of the cutting surfaces, rough shaping the blades and final honing and stropping. The goal of the class is to give you the basic skills to start sharpening and send you home with a few sharp tools and the ability to keep them that way.
What you should bring:
- Safety glasses.
- A variety of woodworking tools to tune up and sharpen (plane blades, chisels, sloyd knives, drawknives, etc.).
- Your sharpening stones and their appropriate lubricant (water or oil).
- A honing guide if you have one.
If you do not have a sharpening stone, I recommend starting with diamond stones. I like the DMT Dia-Sharp stones. Start with the fine and extra fine stones and get the coarser ones next. These can be used dry, but work better with water. Bring what you can and we will have a few extra around for you to try as well.
(You also might want to bring a snack or lunch.)
Date of the class: Sunday, April 23, 2017
Time of the class: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Maximum number of students: 6
Minimum number of students: 3
Age range: 12 to 104
Location: The Folk School Shop
Cost: $66 (members); $99 (non-members)
Materials fee: $5
To Register: Please fill out the Class Registration Form below and click on the “Submit” button. This will take you to the Payment page, where you can complete your registration through PayPal (or you may send a check by mail).
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