Tool Sharpening

Tool Sharpening

Learn to hand sharpen traditional tools. We teach techniques that will allow you to sharpen hand tools such as planes, chisels, axes, knives, draw-knives, and auger bits. In this class, we cover and demonstrate multiple hand sharpening techniques that can be applied to any tool with an edge (including garden tools and lawn-mower bladed). Students will have the opportunity to practice the sharpening techniques on axes, chisels, and auger bits.

The techniques we teach are designed to take advantage of hand sharpening methods such as files, stones, pucks, sand-paper, and leather strops. There are plenty of automated sharpening methods that work just fine for putting an edge on Sharp and Pointy Thingys; however, we focus on hand sharpening. We want to feel the edge as we move it towards a mirror finish. In the process, we make stuff really sharp. If you value hard work, conversation, and community, then this class is for you! !

Since this is a sharpening class, bring your stuff that needs sharpening. We suggest the following:

  • Knife - pocket knife, hunting knife, and/or kitchen knife

  • Axe, Draw-Knife, Auger Bit, Chisel, and/or Lawn-mower blade

No worries, if you don't have edges that need cleanup. We have plenty of test-cases around the shop.

During this class we will cover the following topics:

  • Types of Edges

  • Steeling, Shaping, & Honing

  • Sharpening Techniques

  • Sharpening Systems

  • Demo - Knife Sharpening

  • Demo - Samurai Paint Scraper

  • Practice - Knife Sharpening

  • Demo - Mouse Pad Sharpening

  • Demo - Axe Sharpening

  • Practice - Axe Sharpening

  • Demo - Auger Bit Sharpening

  • Practice - Auger Bit Sharpening

  • Demo - Chisel Sharpening

  • Practice - Chisel Sharpening

No experience needed. We supply the community tooling, instruction, and material. Along with your positive attitude, willingness to learn, you will need to bring the following:

  • Bag Lunch

  • Foul Weather Clothing (Shop is heated but a few layers are nice in the winter)

  • Leather Shoes

  • Gloves

  • Safety Glasses

  • Tool That Needs Sharpening (Optional)

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