This full-day workshop will give you the knowledge to sharpen almost any tool. From gardening tools to kitchen knives and woodworking tools. The day will be a mixture of theory and most importantly, practice.
We will provide a wide range of water, oil, diamond, and natural bench stones and abrasives films. We will cover the pros and cons of all these abrasives, and find the right fit for your tools’ requirements. Some electric sharpening and polishing equipment will be available and we will discuss the best affordable tools sited to your requirements.
You will learn:
- A variety of sharpening techniques
- A focus on observation as the most important aspect of sharpening
- An understanding of Edge Geometry in general, and concerning specific tools
- How to use a microscope to highlight both good and bad techniques
Bring your own tools to sharpen, the more the merrier as well as any sharpening equipment. We will also provide some chisels and knives as well as sharpening jigs.
Suitable for beginners and for those who want to refine their sharpening techniques.
Professional woodworker, tool maker and author of Sharp ‘the bible of sharpening’, Sean’s skills have been honed by over thirty years of making, teaching, and running tool-sharpening workshops around the UK. As well as being passionate about green woodwork crafts, Sean runs an electric workshop in Buckfastleigh, Devon.
Hot & cold drinks, biscuits, cake and fruit will all be provided, but we ask that all participants bring their own lunch.
When purchasing your ticket, please ensure you complete the form to make us aware of any health conditions or allergies as well as any additional support that you may need during your day with us.
What previous participants said:
“Excellent instruction, fully explained. I felt well equipped to carry on as a hobby.”
“What a fabulous venue and exceptional hosts!”
“Careful and meaningful explanation with practical hands on. When’s the next one?!”
“I would highly recommend this course to anybody that lives a busy life to settle the mind and body.”
“Sean was an excellent teacher, always on the ball and actively helpful.”
“An informative introduction to the world of whittling…fun and relaxing.”
“Tutor was down to earth and approachable. It was lovely to have something to take home.”
“I really enjoyed the course – I haven’t learned so much in such a short time.”
About the tutor; Sean Hellman
Sean Hellman has been practicing, teaching and demonstrating green woodwork skills for over 20 years. Based in South Devon, he runs a business selling bespoke sculptural and traditional wooden seating, and original items for the home and garden. Sean’s passion is learning and teaching traditional wood crafts, including making wooden spoons, carved cups, bowl-turning, shrink pots, etc. He is the only professional green woodworker making and selling ‘fan birds’ in the UK.
Sean not only teaches and makes, but is an active writer and has a regular blog about woodworking, offering advice and inspiration about the joys of working green wood. He is an active member of the ‘Bodgers Forum’ the largest green woodworking forum in the world.
Some of his articles can be seen in various woodworking magazines such as Living Woods. Sean last TV appearance was on Edwardian Farm making a coracle with Alex Langlands.
Sean has recently taken on a full time apprentice.
“The ease of learning new skills…fantastic course well taught.” – course participant
“Hands on course doing something real!” – course participant