Basic Sharpening

Basic Sharpening


Instructor - Alan Turner/Craig Vandall Stevens

  • January 6, 2018  9 am - 4 pm (Saturday)

  • June 2, 2018  9 am - 4 pm (Saturday)

  • September 8, 2018  9 am - 4 pm (Saturday)

No matter how much you spend on your tools, if they're not sharp, they won't work! Woodworkers generally see sharpening as a chore that takes them away from woodworking when they should see it as just another part of their woodworking activity. 

Learn the basic techniques to get you from dead dull to razor sharp in just a few minutes - every single time. This workshop will cover the proper preparation, sharpening, and honing of plane irons, chisels, marking knives, carving tools, cabinet scrapers and turning gouges. Good woodworking technique starts right here.

Note: This is a recommended Beginner course.

Continue scrolling down for Tool List



Below is a list of the tools recommended for this course. Students need not make any special purchases and are welcome to use PFW’s hand tools to practice sharpening. However, we have found that if students work with their own hand tools they have a better learning experience. 

  • Chisels
  • Plane irons
  • Carving gouges
  • Turning gouges
  • Cabinet scraper
  • Honing jige

We recommend that you bring your own water stones in a grit range of 500 to 6000/8000 - essentially coarse, medium and fine/extra fine. PFW stocks 500, 2000 and 8000 grit Shapton brand ceramic on glass, Japanese water stones. In this line we recommend a ceramic on glass three stone set, with grits of 500, 2000, and 8000.