Anyone interested in honing those sharpening skills - or are you simply frustrated by the process? The library has recently added a couple of DVDs which take the guesswork out of sharpening.

Whether a novice or advanced turner, everyone will find something of value in Kirk DeHeer’s comprehensive video, Sharpening Demystified. He displays and discusses the shapes of multiple tools, taking you through the stages which lead to sharp, facet-free tips which suit the wood as well as the cuts needed to complete your projects. Kirk shares great information about grinders and wheels, and demonstrates freehand sharpening skills as well as the use of jigs. He wraps up by showing how to sharpen a chain saw…now that’s being thorough!

The AAW production, Fundamentals of Sharpening gives us a variety of approaches to the sharpening process, as well as individual views regarding grinders and wheels. Bonnie Klein zooms in on sharpening tools for smaller scale projects and discusses how to identify a tool as either carbon or high speed steel. Alan Lacer gives his approach to sharpening the skew chisel and the spindle gouge while John Jordan focuses his expertise on the side ground gouge and its versatility when properly sharpened...then revealing his method for achieving that end. A handy section on grinder tune-up as well as balancing and dressing the wheel is presented by Bill Johnston, which adds to this well-rounded series of presentations by highly respected turners.

A common thread shared by presenters on both of these videos is that a good understanding of the cuts each tool is capable of attaining is key in becoming successful with the process of sharpening.

Previews are available for both videos: