July 24th Knife Sharpening and Strop Making


July 24th Knife Sharpening and Strop Making


Do you use knives, hatchets, axes, or chisels on a regular basis? Then you know how wonderful it is when they are sharp. You also know how difficult they are to use when dull. This class will teach you how to maintain your tools and keep them in perfect working order so they will last a lifetime. Whether you want to maintain your tools, or fix up an old tool you found in your Grandpa’s basement, this class is for you. Learn a myriad of sharpening techniques so you can decide which one is right for you. Students will also make strops (leather and honing compound) in order to keep their blades razor sharp after leaving class.

About the Instructor:
Emilie Rigby has been carving green wood and making spoons for 8 years. She has traveled across the country, teaching woodworking and outdoor skills. She landed in Portland, OR in 2017 where she ran a teaching wood shop for a prominent outdoor skills company. With 6 years of teaching experience, she has taught people aged 8 to 80 how to carve spoons. She is a self-professed “crazy spoon lady” because she has made thousands of wooden spoons. Her classes are full of useful tips and tricks, metaphors for life, and terrible (amazing) puns.

Where: Our indoor workshop in SE Portland. A cozy workshop right off of Division in SE Portland. More specific instructions will be sent in a confirmation email upon registration.

When: July 24th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

What to Expect: We will spend the evening learning about tool care an maintenance. There are many ways to sharpen a knife successfully and we will be going though several cheap an accessible methods. We will be making our own strops in order to keep our blades razor sharp. Bring your own tools to sharpen and work on! Or use some of our blades. All materials included in the class price. Puns included at no additional charge.

What to Bring:

  • Water bottle and snacks. We will provide hot and cold beverages and some snacks.

  • Notebook and writing utensil.

  • Whatever tools you want sharpened

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