Sharpening (Ōtepoti)

Learn how to sharpen your own knives and tools.


$50.00 per person


2h 30min

About this experience

  • Oct 26, 3pm-5.30pm
  • Oct 27, 3pm-5.30pm

Make friends with your tools and ensure they last a lifetime with this essential resourceful skill. Learn the basics of sharpening - how to get a great edge on everything from kitchen knives, to woodworking tools, to garden implements. This workshop is taught in seminar-format with some time to experiment at the end. It focuses on learning to sharpen with cheap and readily available equipment so you can practise this skill throughout your home and workshop for years to come.

Bringing your own knives or tools is encouraged. Not all of them will be able to be sharpened in this workshop, but you'll leave with an understanding of how to do it. 

Please note: 

  • This workshop is suitable for adults and only suited to those who can work safely without direct supervision with very sharp hand tools. 



Bookings are non-refundable. If for any reason (this includes illness, travel delays, and injuries) you need to cancel your workshop, you will receive a refund minus a $30 administration fee. This is provided you contact us at least 14 full days before your booking

Please see our Cancellation Policy for more details.


We are grateful to be able to offer this workshop because of support from Creative New Zealand.

Your Host

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Douglas Horrell has taught spoon carving since 2017 and specialises in hand carved, functional items such as spoons and bowls, as well as having an interest in chair-making and other green wood traditions. He also has a growing interest in tool making - forging his own tools from high carbon steel. Douglas is teaching spoon carving and sharpening, and his kuksa workshop is new in 2024. He also hosts the monthly spoon club sessions.