Out at the Wood Centre this coming Saturday Phil and I hold our second English workshop, a full-day on sharpening and restoring planes and saws. It’s another packed class of 12 enthusiasts and we are just about ready. Hopefully we can use this workshop to dispel any and all phobias people have surrounding sharpening and set, setting up and so on. We can also demolish so many myths and mysteries to make the various tasks of sharpening and restoration a pleasing realm of reality for everyone to experience. After the blog on Bahco files reports came in thick and fast that it did become more difficult to find the files: hopefully it was some good publicity for Bahco and we can keep the good makers in business. Please remember we take no sponsorship from any entities. We go off what we find at the workbench in real bench tests. I hate to think that anyone would buy poorer products made by companies like Nicholson who once held so a good name for quality there in the USA, expecting them to do the job we once knew them for. I worry woodworkers might think the problem is them.
This workshop is about redressing the lack of real information. It’s a shame we can’t film it because i think that the questions people have there would be helpful to everyone experiencing the same problems. Perhaps we can write down the unusual questions and do something about it via YouTube. We will see.
I did buy in several old or secondhand planes and saws as practice saws and planes to work on. That way the instruction will be very real. I will use the worst ones to show how to renew teeth or repair parts and such. I am sure this will make the whole experience real and valuable for everyone. These workshops are the ones that put real flesh on the bones. One person asks a question and everyone gets to learn. They are always highly interactive and being right there makes a huge difference.
I have one other workshop before the end of the year and that is a repeat of the two-day discovering woodworking I did two weeks ago. Then we must set some dates for 2017. The years are indeed passing too quickly these days. Our last workshop was a great success but we always aim for improvement.