Alexander Anderson, will be discussing the use and care of chisels, from sharpening for the intended use of the chisel to the methods of directing the edge into the wood. Chisels are very versatile tools, but control is key. With demonstrations of holding techniques and the use of the hammer to drive the chisel, Alexander will help shed light on how to get more out your chisels and how to keep them sharp as you work.
Alexander will also be showing the body dynamics of strong and controlled plane strokes. The even stroke that draws the plane through the wood and leaves a flat surface. He will talk about introducing camber in the sharpening process and the use of the " ruler trick" to help with getting that sweet edge you've been looking for. With real time sharpening demonstrations of sharpening plane irons and chisels as you work, you will see the difference between sharpening an edge initially, running up through all the grits, and the honing process that gets you back to work quickly and easily.
Jeff Zens will talk about the sometimes-confusing but always-useful hand saw. These wonderful tools come in a lot of sizes and shapes, but can easily be divided into two main categories: cross-cut and rip, based on the shape of the sawteeth. He will provide examples of several saw designs in both western and Japanese styles, and discuss their usefulness in different cutting operations. Finally, he’ll talk about the techniques and equipment needed to keep these
great cutting tools sharp.
Social time begins at 6:30. The meeting and program begins at 7:00. Bring a chair if you would like to sit.
There is no parking at the Guild shop. Park on the adjacent streets or in the Multnomah Art Center parking lot.