Tool sharpening

How to Sharpen Tools – Sold Out

This course is fully booked.  Please email courses@wealddown.co.uk or call 01243 811021 if you wish to be added to the waiting list.

The Course

This two-day course has been designed for those with little or no previous tool sharpening experience, who enjoy working with wood but have found difficulty achieving a satisfying standard of work due to their lack of tool tuning and sharpening skills.  During the course you will learn how to sharpen wood cutting tools to professional standards and select new or second-hand tools that are well engineered.

The Tutor

Philip Hodge is a fully trained furniture restorer, cabinet maker and gilder and has been practising and teaching these skills for over 20 years. As well as courses from his own workshop Philip has also designed and run courses for BAFRA, Norfolk Local Education Authority and the Workers Education Authority. Philip is keen to pass on traditional skills and techniques to interested people as well as keeping them up to date with new materials and technology.

Participant Information

Participants should bring with them:

· Any old woodworking tools that they may have, however damaged they might be, such as: metal and wooden bodied planes, chisels, gouges, hatchets and axes, bill hooks, drawknives, metal and wooden spoke shaves, sharpening stones, screwdrivers, scrapers, knives, cutting gauges, hammers etc.
· 2 sheets of 1000 grit wet & dry paper.
· Pair of gardening gloves.
· 3 kitchen rolls (paper towels).
· A candle.
· Notepad and pencil.
· Large tipped, black marker pen (permanent ink)
· Protective clothing.
· Pair of stout shoes or safety shoes (you will not be able to wear sandals or canvas shoes in the workshop).

Items that you will be able to borrow:
· Cabinet scraper.
· Ticketer.
· 30cm satin chrome rule.
· 6000g Japanese water stone.
· Honing stones .
· Engineer’s square.
· Cutting gauge.
· No 5 or 5 1/2 bench plane.
· Chisels.
· 4 & 10mm glass.
· Mechanical and digital callipers.

Fee & Refreshments

£240 per person, inclusive of tea, coffee and a light lunch. If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance.

Sold out


Sat–Sun 29–30 July 2023






Working with Wood