Class description

In this two-day class, you will learn how to sharpen a range of woodworking tools using a variety of methods.

From learning how to create razor-sharp edges using traditional water stones and slip stones to using a high-speed grinder, honing guides, and using modern slow speed wet grinders (Tormek).

We will cover sharpening bench chisels, plane blades (bench, block, shoulder), card scrapers, router plane, marking knives and turning tools.

Students undertaking this course are highly encouraged to bring in their own tools to be sharpened. At Wood Academy, we will have tools that you can sharpen, but wouldn’t it be better if you finished the course with your own tools — razor sharp and planes that create thin curly shavings!

Please bring these recommended tools:
– A Cast Iron Western Style bench plane #4, #4 1/2, #5 or #5 1/2 (Japanese style planes (Kanna) and Western Wooden planes are fine too)
– A Cast Iron Western Style block plane
– Chisels
– Cabinet Scraper
– Spokeshave
– Marking Knifes
– Kitchen Knifes
– Turning Chisels

If you have any Japanese waterstones or European oil stones, please bring them in and you can dress them during the class.

Suitable for beginners with no experience up to intermediate students. Children 14+ are welcome to participate in this course.

Please note, we require a parent or guardian to be on the premises for the duration of the class if a minor is attending.


Participants will not only learn the essential skill of tool sharpening but also gain a deeper understanding of precision and maintenance. Armed with the knowledge and techniques to sharpen various tools effectively, attendees will elevate their craftsmanship and approach future woodworking tasks with confidence and precision.


PPE will be supplied however students wishing to bring their own should come with a face mask, safety glasses or goggles and earmuffs or earplugs.

Closed shoes are a mandatory requirement for all students.

Those with their own tools that need sharpening should bring them along so get better accustomed at sharpening your own tools but we also supply all tools if you don’t have any.

We have a kitchen onsite with fridge and microwave for those that want to bring their own food, and there are also takeaway options within walking distance.

WORK SHOP location

12 Gerald Street, Marrickville NSW

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About Nicholas Elliott

Nick began his career in the timber industry by undertaking a cabinetmaking apprenticeship after developing a love for working with wood during high school. He went on to study Fine Furniture Design and Making at Sturt School for Wood. Now a high school Industrial Arts teacher, his aim is to share his knowledge and skills to help others find their passion for working with wood.
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