Instructor: Jeff Zens
Jeff Zens is a lifelong woodworker; Jeff has studied with notable woodworkers including Christian Becksvoort, Philip Lowe, Craig Vandall Stevens, Teri Masaschi and Gary Rogowski. He is a graduate of the two-year Mastery program at the Northwest woodworking Studio. Primarily a hand-tool woodworker, he subscribes to the notion that power tools play an important role in returning more quickly to the bench. Over time he has learned that keen-edged hand tools yield joints that fit and surfaces that need little or no sanding. He takes a pragmatic approach to sharpening those edges: do what works best, fastest, safest and cleanest. When he’s not teaching for the Guild or privately, you will find him building custom furniture in his Salem shop, listening to jazz, or playing tenor sax in a number of groups in Oregon.
Chisels and plane irons aren't the only tools in the wood shop that need to be sharpened. Woodworkers use a variety of cutting tools on their work pieces, and each of these need a keen edge to perform properly. In this daylong, hands-on work session, Jeff will demonstrate sharpening techniques for:
- creating a camber on a hand plane iron
- sharpening carving tools
- sharpening drawknives
- sharpening spoke shave irons
- sharpening your marking knives
- sharpening card scrapers, scraper plane irons and cabinet scraper irons
- Woodworking tools only, except that saw sharpening will not be addressed
Other sharpening questions are encouraged; contact Jeff by email at firstname.lastname@example.org at least two weeks before class to have these concerns worked into the class.
This class is suitable for all woodworkers, though it will be a lot easier to digest for those who are already comfortable with their sharpening technique.
A supply list will be sent to enrollees well in advance of the class. Lunch is included.
Coordinator: David Dunning, email@example.com, or 971-235-8706.
Please pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on your check and mail to:
4740 SW Admiral Street,
Portland, OR 97221