On September 17, 18, and 19, I will be offering a woodworking workshop focusing on the sharpening and use of chisels and handplanes at the Crafts Center at North Carolina State University.
Sharpening is what I would call a foundational skill in wood working. Sharp tools are essential to any type of hand work, but sharpening is not an end in itself. We will sharpen the tools and then put them to work and re-sharpen as necessary. We will explore several ways to sharpen chisels and hand planes and we’ll also learn to lay out and fit a mortise and tenon joint and to flatten and smooth a panel.
Below is the prospectus for this class that I submitted to John. It should give some idea of what to expect.