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On the Edge: The Necessary Fundamentals

Please register at the Leather Crafters booth

On the Edge: The Necessary Fundamentals

Paul Zalesak

Thursday, May 17, 9 am - 5 pm

W158, Sheridan Community College

Skill Level: All skill levels welcome!

Learn the fundamental principles and techniques of how to put a consistently sharp cutting edge on virtually all of your leather craft cutting tools. We will start by defining the cutting edge and how to achieve the best cutting edge possible. Then we will briefly cover the most effective sharpening media. Afterwards we will spend a considerable amount of time putting an edge on your round knife, swivel knife, skiver, pocket knife, draw gauge blade, trim knife, splitter blade, etc. The idea is for you to develop the skills to effectively and efficiently sharpen your various leathercraft knives and get a consistently sharp cutting edge. This workshop will be catered to any skill level – novice to master. The goal is to have your tools sharpened better than ever before. Registration fee includes a copy of “On The Edge”, which is a compilation of articles featured in Leather Crafters & Saddlers Journal.

Materials to Bring: 3-5 leather cutting instruments (round knife, swivel knife, trim knife, etc.), your favorite sharpening media (diamond hones or water stones), sharpening fixture for your swivel knife blade, 2”x 4” piece of wood x the length of your sharpening media (to serve as a riser block), strop, wipe rag(s) and scrap leather pieces for practice.

Paul Zalesak, founding president of Leather Wranglers, Inc., began tooling leather in 1974 in El Paso, Texas, under the tutelage of Jim Resley. A leather artist, knife maker, and expert in metallurgy, Paul also loves to teach basic swivel knife use and sharpening techniques. He is vice president of the International Internet Leathercrafters’ Guild, and is a member of the New Mexico Roadrunner Leather Artisans’ Guild, the Colorado Saddle Makers Association and the Lone Star Leather Crafters Guild.