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Workshop – Sharpen up!

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Sharpen up!
Peter Jones
Kelsall Community Centre, Cheshire, CW6 0SB
13-14 April 2024

There are a number of operations we undertake as binders that require sharp tools. The common wedge-shaped backing boards and the similar colouring/edge gilding boards will need the working edges refreshing using a plane. We might be bevelling boards (with a plane or spokeshave), using
chisels in preparation for lacing on, or covering in leather requiring various knives and / or spokeshaves for paring tasks. For some, sharpening these tools can seem daunting; this short course aims to give you a little theory, some guidelines and advice on getting tools sharp initially, keeping them sharp, and some confidence.

Students will need to bring their own sharpening kit (oilstones, diamond stones, strops, whatever) and your tools to sharpen (planes, spokeshaves, paring knives, chisels). To check your success you also need items to work on (backing boards, gilding boards, book boards, leather for paring) plus workmate, bench hook and paring surface as appropriate, if you have them.

Suitable for…Beginners and Improvers.

Peter: “I might have been an economist but veered in the direction of furniture restoration, then carpentry, bookbinding and teaching. I’m particularly interested in the structure and mechanics of a binding and often use woods, plastics, multiple leathers or vellum. I have been a Fellow of DB since 1995 and have served on the Executive Committee over the years, as Treasurer and as President.”

This workshop will be held at Kelsall Community Centre and has a maximum number of 10 students.

If this workshop is showing as out of stock on the website and you wish to be put on a waiting list in case a place becomes available, please email db.jointworkshops@gmail.com


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