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Knife Sharpening Workshop



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The New York Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers announces a

Knife Sharpening Workshop
Given by Jeffrey S. Peachey

Saturday, December 1
At the New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY

10 am to 5 pm

One of the most important skills in bookbinding is the ability to sharpen
the various types of knives.  This workshop will guide participants through
the sharpening process, starting with a rough grind through the final
honing.  The skills learned will be applicable for any type of edge tool.
Abrasive papers will be used, although the processes learned are applicable
to oil stones, water stones or any other sharpening method.  A brief
introduction to steel, blade angels and stock removal methods will be
presented, along with a selection of antique sharpening jigs.  Participants
are encouraged to bring in dull knives and other sharpening problems, and
will be provided with a range of abrasive papers and two steel blanks for
making a paring knife and a small lifting or paring knife.

Jeffrey S. Peachey began bookbinding at Goshen College and entered the
field of conservation in 1989.  He spent six years conserving books, works
of art on paper and archives at Columbia University's Conservation Lab.  In
1996 he established a private practice conservation studio in New York
City, serving institutions, collectors and individuals.  He is a
Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation of
Historic and Artistic Works. He has taught bookbinding at Pratt Institute,
The School of Visual Arts and The Center for Book Arts.  His Artist Books
are included in the Marven Sackner Collection of Concrete and Visual
Poetry.  Since 1997 he has been inventing and producing specialized tools
for bookbinders, including a corner-cutting jig, lifting knives, paring
knives and a re-sharpenable scalpel.

Cost: $50, plus a $25 materials fee.  To register, send a check made out to
Guild of Book Workers to: Kristen St.John, Special Collections, Rutgers
University Libraries, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ, 08901-1163 AND
email kstjohn@rci.rutgers.edu or call 732-932-7006.  Deadline to apply:
November 21, 2001.

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