Sharpening Boot Camp

September 16, 2023
9 am to 5 pm


The foundation of accurate hand tool work is having sharp tools, and the key to successful sharpening is solid technique. This one-day workshop will cover the basics of sharpening a variety of woodworking tools from chisels and planes, to card scrapers, spoke shaves, and more. Bring your dull woodworking tools and leave with them tuned up and ready for work. Open to all levels including beginners.

Skills and Techniques:

· Assessing the condition of old tools
· Grinding bevels on chisels and planes
· Flattening tool backs
· Using sharpening stones with honing guides and freehand
· Sharpening a card scraper
· Techniques for sharpening odd shaped tools

Materials Fee: $15

Special Tools or Equipment:
Please bring:
Safety glasses and ear protection
Tape measure or folding rule
Pencil (preferably mechanical pencils with lead, or 2mm lead holder)
Combination Square – 4”, 6” and/or 12”
Dull woodworking tools
Any sharpening equipment you might have — stones, guides etc

Instructors COVID preference: Your instructor reserves the right to require safety requirements depending on the state of the pandemic at the time of the workshop.

Workshop Policies

Please be sure to read our policies before you register for a workshop.

Age Requirements

The minimum age to attend a regularly scheduled workshop is 16 years. We have set this age to ensure a safe, productive, and community-building experience for all of our students. There are no exceptions.

Accessibility & Accommodations

If you have questions about accessibility or would like to request reasonable accommodations, please contact our main office at 603-435-7314.

Student Cancellations

Cancellations must be made at least 30 days prior to the start date of a workshop in order to receive a refund. Registration and material costs will be refunded, minus a non-refundable $25.00 registration fee. A full refund will be made for any amount paid for overnight housing.

Sanborn Mills Farm Cancellations

Each workshop must have a minimum number of students to be held. If Sanborn Mills Farm finds it necessary to cancel a workshop, we will notify students two weeks prior to the scheduled workshop start date. A full refund will be provided to registered students. Refunds for a workshop purchased as a gift will be made to the purchaser only. Sanborn Mills Farm cannot be held responsible for any refunds for travel expenses or for off-site housing expenses incurred as the result of a cancellation of any kind.

Housing & Meals

Please refer to our housing page for more information.


Each workshop has its own safety procedures. Your instructor will review the specific safety requirements at the start of your workshop and throughout your class. Sanborn Mills Farm is a rural setting. If you are allergic to insect bites, please alert your instructor of your allergy and bring an epipen with you. For draft animal workshops or courses requiring time in the woods, be sure to review tick safety procedures from Tick Free NH. We advise students to wear comfortable clothing, comfortable and secure shoes, and consider your personal needs for a day or extended stay.