Tool Sharpening

Tool Sharpening & Basic Timber Frame Joints

Learn to sharpen traditional tools; explore the methods framers used these tools to produce mortise and tenon joints. If you think you may be interested in Timber Framing, this class is a great first-step on your journey to learn a traditional craft. Students are exposed to timber framing tooling & practices. And, they walk away from the class with ability to hand sharpen any tool with an edge.

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. We also demonstrate how hand-sharpened tools can be used to produce mortise and tenon joints.

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! !

During this class we will cover the following topics:

  • Sharp & Pointy Thingys

  • Sharpening Practices, Tools, and Equipment

  • Knife Sharpening Demo/Student Practice

  • Axe Sharpening Demo/Student Practice

  • Cutting a Tenon Demo

  • Auger Bit Sharpening Demo/Student Practice

  • Cutting a Mortise Demo

  • Chisel Sharpening Demo/Student Practice

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)

Join us! Our timber framing classes explore traditional framing in an environment that values craftsmanship and community.


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