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Professional Conservators in Practice

Date: 06 November 2006
Location: West Dean College
Duration: 6-9th November 2006
Cost: Non-residential course fee: £315


Day 1
Before Dinner Welcome Talk, Oak Hall


Meet in the main workshop with an open discussion about edge tools to be sharpened with the different types of abrasives and machinery that will be available for use.

Day 2


A general discussion on health and safety during the course. Japanese Water Stones. Lapping techniques.

Diamond hones. Diamond lapping pastes. Bench grinders.


Grinding angles. Blade sharpening lectures and individual tuition. Tuning woodworking planes.


Video and lectures on diamond hones and Japanese sword making.

Day 3


Continue with the sharpening of blades. Making a blade. Forging.


Making a blade from Japanese Shiro Gami, white paper steel. Forging using charcoal, grinding, hardening and tempering.


Demonstration for sharpening and tuning the tools that students bring.

Day 4


Open house to include all tools that have not been dealt with.
Continue with the tuning of additional tools. Lecture on carbon steel.


Open discussion on the techniques used. Where to buy materials and tools.

Non-residential course fee: £315
Fully inclusive residential course fee:
Shared bathroom facilities £435
Standard room with private bathroom facilities £477
Superior room with private bathroom facilities £501


Please complete one booking form, or copy of form, per person per course and enclose a deposit for each course booked. On receipt of your booking, we will send all the further details you will need for your visit, including the course details, full details of cancellation conditions and your final payment slip. Travel instructions will be sent to all students.

Related Documents:

Sharpening Edge Booking Form and course information
SharpeningEdgeToolsMailshotTemplate.doc (735 KB)  

For further information on the course, please contact Liz Campbell:
T: 44 (0) 1243 818219.

For further information about booking please telephone the Admissions Office:
T: 44 (0)1243 811301.

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