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Sharpening Tutorial

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Course Overview

"Get the Edge" might be another appropriate title for this course. Chisels, planes, gouges, knives, scissors, spokeshaves, and more—these tools of the trade function at their best when the cutting edge is truly prepared for business. Ready to slice easily like a knife through butter? This comprehensive overview of sharpening will help you understand the types of cutting edges, characteristics of steel, tempering, and the difference between grinding and honing through a series of demonstrations and hands-on applications. Power sharpening and hand sharpening will be explored. You are strongly encouraged to bring ten or more hand tools covering the types of tools you wish to learn to sharpen as a class project.

Required Tools

  • Hand tools to sharpen as a class project: please bring a selection of tools to learn from that covers the range of types of tools you wish to learn to sharpen. Ten is a suggestion, bring as many or few items as you wish.


Sat, Apr 29th, 2023  –  Sun, Apr 30th, 2023

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $190.00
Materials fee: $15.00

Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Dennis Chilcote
Dennis Chilcote
Minneapolis, MN

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Sharpening Tutorial