Tool Sharpening (green woodworking/carpentry tools) one day workshop with Tutor Dave Jackson. A one day course learning the fundamentals of sharpening green woodworking tools i.e. axes, drawknives, billhooks, turning tools, chisels, slashers, planes, gouges, spoon knives and carving knives). You will learn practical tips and techniques on: • Sharpening equipment for a variety of purposes • Use of abrasives • Use of abrasive wheels • Use of grinding stones • How to keep tool in good, sharp working order • Basic restoration techniques • PPE (personal protective equipment) selection and use • Health and safety related to tool sharpening If you have tools which are giving you problems, bring them along for Dave to look over, he will either help you get them sharp or advise you what to do. (Please restrict to 2/3 tools as you will only realistically have time to work on a couple of tools). Please note this course does not cover saws, scythes, gardening equipment or similar. At Ecclesall Woods we pride ourselves on the high-quality teaching from our tutors and our low class numbers (max 5 for most classes) and a number of our courses also have an assistant. We have found that smaller class sizes are more productive, un-rushed and allow students to learn more. You will need to wear suitable clothing and footwear for working outdoors in this season. Steel toe cap boots would be advantageous if you have them, but are not essential. Please note this course will require a good level of manual dexterity on your fingers & be able to stand whilst working. This course is not suitable for those with limited hand mobility/arthritis.

What's included in the price?

All materials and tool use are provided for you on the day. Refreshments throughout the course. Please bring a packed lunch, notebook and pen. PPE is available where applicable.


1 day

Cancellation policy

Strict - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 8 weeks before the course starts


Set in a beautiful ancient woodland, our traditional skills and heritage craft courses are inspired by nature. Our friendly craftspeople will guide you with their knowledge of age-old methods and natural materials to learn, make new friends and create!

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Intermediate level
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Father's Day
  • Parking provided
  • Mother's Day
  • Weekends
  • Public transport
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J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre, Ecclesall Woods, Abbey Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S7 2QZ