Introduction to Hand Tool Sharpening Class

Learn hand tool sharpening techniques at this Marrickville workshop



7 hours Class size 1 to 10

label $337 (or 4 payments of $84.25 Afterpay)

While most woodwork projects require a sharp tool for high-quality results, hand tool sharpening is often seen as a mysterious or inscrutable art. In this Sydney workshop, we'll demystify the world of sharpening, including how to make and maintain a sharp edge and teach you how to achieve one consistently and easily for your own woodworking tools.

Guided by Gardening Australia's "Mr Fix It" Luke Mitchell, we'll focus on sharpening a chisel by hand and a hand plane blade using a honing guide. High-quality, hollow ground Japanese chisels will be provided as part of the course by Japanese Tools Australia which students will get to practise their sharpening and take home at the end of the day.

Learn about the pros and cons of using a variety of sharpening methods and media from high-end water-cooled grinders to more affordable and nonetheless effective options.

You're encouraged to bring in your own tools to sharpen and free time will be given at the end of the workshop to practice and work on your own tools with the provided equipment and media and the supervision of the class facilitators.

This course will introduce attendees to a variety of sharpening equipment including:

  • Hand-cranked grinders
  • High and low-speed bench grinders
  • Modern water-cooled, slow-speed bench grinders and attachments
  • Powered linisher sanders
  • Oil stones and lubricating oils
  • Japanese water stones
  • Diamond sharpening and lapping plates
  • Steel lapping plates and sharpening compounds
  • Slip stones and more esoteric sharpening paraphernalia
  • Strops and other polishing material
  • Honing and polishing compounds and pastes

This course is open to students 13 and older. Among The Trees accepts students under 18 in two groups:
  • Students 13-15 years of age must attend all courses with a parent or guardian. This parent or guardian must also purchase a place in the course and take part. One parent/guardian is able to attend with multiple students.
  • Students 16-17 years of age may attend a course without a parent or guardian present.
You can read our full Child Safe Policy on the booking page.


Knowledge required
Beginner-friendly. This workshop is designed for beginners with no prior experience who have an interest in learning to sharpen and maintain a sharp edge on their woodworking tools.
 
What you'll get
By the end of this course you will have:
  • One freshly sharpened Japanese carpenter's chisel with a sheath to take home
  • The ability to achieve a razor-sharp edge on chisel and plane blades
  • An understanding of the different sharpening tools such as; grinders, oil and water stones, diamond and steel lapping plates and strops, and when to use them
  • An understanding of sharpening options for different budgets
  • An understanding of how to sharpen a variety of different-edged woodworking tools
  • Time on the stones and the grinders to practise your technique
What to bring
Attendees should wear clothes that they don’t mind getting a bit grubby. PPE will be available to use but attendees are encouraged to bring their own ear, eye and breathing protection.

Attendees are also encouraged to bring in a tool or two of their own to sharpen. Appropriate tools to bring in include:

  • Metal and timber planes such as block planes, smoothers (No.4), Jack (No.5), Jointer and scrub planes
  • Router planes, rebate planes and combination planes
  • Timber and metal spokeshaves
  • Card scrapers
  • Sloyd knives and hook knives
  • Kitchen knives
  • Hatchets
  • Rasps
  • Moulding planes

If you are planning on bringing in your own tool, particularly if it isn’t on the list, get in contact with us at Among the Trees so we can make sure we have everything ready for you.

If you don’t have any tools to bring in, ones will be provided on which to practice.
Suitable for

This class is great for individuals and couples as well as for a team building activity, Christmas party, birthday or hens party.

Suitable for adults, and kids (minimum 13 years old).

An adult must accompany any attending kids, and must pay for a separate ticket.

This would also be a lovely gift for her, gift for mum, anniversary gift or birthday gift.

Location

Among The Trees - 27 Sydney Street, Marrickville NSW

This venue is within walking distance from Sydenham station (800m).

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Among the Trees is an ethical and sustainability based start-up for reclaimed timber located in Marrickville. 
Saving timber from demolitions or other discarded uses and making it available to the public through a retail timber shop and woodworking classes. Accessibility to wood doesn't just mean being wheelchair friendly (which we are), it also means helping customers understand how to use and source reclaimed timber. To make it as easy as possible to work with, we offer custom machining and glueing, so the timber in our store can be squared, resurfaced and cut to specific dimensions. We also help empower individuals to have the confidence to undertake woodworking projects by offering woodworking beginners classes that are taught with simple hand tools. 
 
Lumberyards and wood workshops can be intimidating sometimes, ATT is one of the few places that caters not only to architects, planners, homeowners as well as carpenters and tradespeople but also to customers that have little to no woodworking experience and are embarking on DIY and student projects or trying their hand at repair, renovating or building. 

Our workshop at Among The Trees is set up to be the perfect space to learn about hand tools, reclaimed timber, and woodworking. We’ve been hard at work collecting, restoring and tuning all the tools required to learn woodworking, and a few extra ones as well.
 
All-in-all, everyone that is interested in wood is welcome!

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Louise Shortus Aug 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


An excellent introduction to sharpening tools, clear teaching , go9d equipment, friendly people. Thank you everyone

Zawadi Sliepen Aug 2023


I've come away with new skills and confidence around sharpening tool. Luke is really knowledgable, calm and clear teacher. Good mix of theory and hands on learning. Also was fun, with a welcoming group of people and a comfortable inclusive space.

Rhaelene Freeman Aug 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended


Great course for beginners or long time tinkerers. I have all the stones in my toolbox and hours of practice but I have always been disappointed with my self taught (aka YouTube) results. Today I walked out with a few ah-ha moments and sharp tools. Very comfortable environment, a generous and experienced instructor and, the time just flew by. Thanks to the Among the Trees staff, time well spent Rhae

Nicole Lister Aug 2023

2 ClassBento workshops attended • 2 reviews


For someone with a basic knowledge of hand tools who knows the importance of sharpening but lacks the know how - this is an excellent course! There was good information pre-course about what to expect, a friendly welcome and a workbench set up with all the equipment ready to go. Luke was an engaging and attentive teacher who assisted us all with our various questions and need for one-on-one sharpening technique help.
Among the Trees is an inspiring space to work in and easy to get to by train.

Introduction to Hand Tool Sharpening Class review by Nicole Lister - Sydney

Jenni Wilkins Aug 2023

3 ClassBento workshops attended • 3 reviews


Great instruction from an experienced sharpener and teacher.
Well-organised bench set ups allowed great access to tools and equipment for all participants.
Very satisfying to come home with some very sharp tools!
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