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Alex Finberg

Tool Sharpening Workshop - 12.05.24 (PM)

Regular price £65.00 GBP
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Workshop: Tool Sharpening Workshop  
Date: Sunday 12th May 2024
Times: 13:45 - 17:00
Location: Ambios, Lower Sharpham Barton Farm, Ashprington TQ9 7DX 
: Suitable for beginners and intermediate woodcarvers 
: *Price includes, a sharpening stone and a carving knife you can practice on and take home. Tea, Coffee & Biscuits Provided

Tool Sharpening Workshop 
Sharpening is not a dark art! This workshop will teach you how to begin mastering sharpening spoon carving and green wood work tools. We will learn to sharpen a carving knife, hook knife, and an axe. I will provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to begin sharpening and maintaining your tools at home 

I break down each aspect into simple, repeatable steps, and provide everyone with a sharpening stone and carving knife which you can practice on during the workshop, and at home.  

This course is recommended for complete beginners who have never sharpened their kitchen knives through to people who have given sharpening a go but are stuck in a rut. It is immensely empowering learning how to get a sharp edge on your tools come and give it a go!  

Workshop Schedule 
13:45 - Arrival, Introductions, Tea & Coffee 

14:00 - Knife Sharpening: Appropriate sharpening systems, maintaining natural stones,  bevel angles, achieving a burr, stropping & troubleshooting 

15:00 - Hook Knife Sharpening: Hook knife sharpening setup, hook knife anatomy, bevel angles, removing micro convexion, stropping & troubleshooting 

16:00 - Axe Sharpening: Sharpening options, including Axe puck, file, diamond stones & natural stones. Bevel Angles, axe anatomy, achieving a burr, removing dinks and nicks, jointing an axe, stropping & troubleshooting 

17:00 - Finish 

If you have any learning needs such as adjustments due to mobility or other abilities please get in touch, I'm more than happy to explore how to support your learning together. 

Approach to Learning
My approach to running workshops is to make them as enjoyable and as accessible as possible. Together as a group we create a positive learning environment where there is no such thing as a stupid question(!) and everyone is put at ease to relax into and enjoy the day. 

Many folks have been put off sharpening having felt intimated by the prospect of making a tool blunter rather than sharper! This workshop will free you up to make mistakes and then learn how to rectify them! 

Our venue is located at Lower Sharpham Barn by the edge of the River Dart, home to Ambios and a large scale re-wilding project with some of the most stunning views in the South of England! 

The venue is best navigated to via what3words (professed.lions.scoop) as it can be tricky to find for the first time. Please allow an additional 5 minutes to get down the track for the first time

What To Bring  
Sturdy Footwear 
Warm Clothes, Hat & Gloves (we will ideally be carving outside) 
Packed Lunch 
Tools if you have them (none required though!)
A wooden or metal spoon you are fond of. 

Terms & Conditions
Suitable for Adults (18+) 
Non Refundable, Transferable

Early Bird Tickets are available for £65 

Standard Tickets are available for £75

Concessions will be made available once 6 places are filled. If you would like to sponsor a concessionary place, feel free to add a tip at checkout. This will be added to the concessions pot and go towards funding someone on low income with a place. 

The workshop requires a minimum of 6 participants to run, should the course not fill 6 places, the workshop will be postponed and scheduled with a minimum of 2 weeks notice prior to the course, with the option of a refund or transfer onto the subsequent course.