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Blacksmithing & Toolmaking

Sharpening for the Woodworker

Course Overview

There are many woodworking tools out there that require a sharp edge to function properly. A dull tool is no fun to use and may be unusable or dangerous depending on its condition. Unfortunately, sharpening gets a bad reputation. It's oftentimes overlooked and neglected, and sometimes unclear. This class will go over the skills and tools needed to get those woodworking tools back into working condition. We will explore powered and hand sharpening methods as well as the theory of sharpening. Students will leave empowered to tackle sharpening with confidence. This class does require hand strength and hand endurance. Opening up a new sealed jar can be an indicator of the required strength needed. Sharpening hand saws will not be covered in this class. 

Required Tools 

  • Tools to be sharpened. Plane Irons, chisels, gouges, knives, drawknife, spokeshave etc. any tool that you’d like to tackle that takes a cutting edge.  

Optional Tools

  • Any sharpening equipment that you might have.


Sat, Oct 12th, 2024  –  Sun, Oct 13th, 2024

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $200.00
Materials fee: $15.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Wesley Hathaway
Wesley Hathaway
Grand Marais, MN

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Sharpening for the Woodworker