“The Cutting Edge” with Johann von Katzenelnbogen

Cutting Edge

In this class, we will cover sharpening and tuning techniques to bring the most out of your hand plane and chisel use. We will discuss the best use of each tool and the best way to put and keep an edge on your tools. The first class will cover sharpening, tuning, and hand tool selection while using grinders, water stones, honing guides and strops. During the second class, we will use our newly sharpened tools to learn specialized hand tool techniques.

If you have any tools that need to be sharpened, bring them in for class. If not, we have plenty at the shop to practice on.

There is also an optional Woodworkers Club waterstone sharpening kit for purchase:
Contents of kit if purchased separately: $193.00
Exclusive student kit price: $160.00 (Save $33.00 !!)

The WWC waterstone kit features two Norton synthetic combination grit waterstones: a 220/1000 and a 4000/8000. Unlike traditional waterstones, Norton synthetic stones do not require soaking prior to use or a Nagura stone to build a slurry; instead, the surface simply needs to be kept wet to help float away metal and abrasive particles. This feature results in harder more durable stones that last longer. The kit also includes Norton’s flattening stone for keeping you newly acquired waters stones flat. Lastly an economical honing guide and water stone holder is included to assist in registering the proper angles needed for chisel and iron honing.

Kit + Tuition = $310.00

Have your own supplies ? Call the store to sign up for the class W/O the Kit

Tuition Only Price: $150

Johann von Katzenelnbogen began woodworking at age four , as he grew older, he became more and more interested in historical furniture and spent his high-school years building scale reproductions of both furniture and rooms. In college he studied Interior and furniture design as well as fine art. Since 1997 he has been working full time running his furniture and interior woodworking company, Johann International. Johann’s primary passion is for medieval things, but well made, beautiful objects from all periods of history appeal to him. He has worked in many countries around the world. In the US his work can be found in many private collections as well as the Dolly Madison House and the South African Embassy. Johann’s primary focus is working with hand tools.


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June 18-19

6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Johann von Katzenelnbogen

The Woodworkers Club


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