Rob Porcaro’s Sharpening Bench

I have cadged sharpening info for this blog from Rob Porcaro in the past (here) and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Rob does high quality, thoughtful work and describes it in clear detail in his Heartwood blog. His latest posts are about his sharpening station. They merit a look. Rob tells me he has been using and refining this setup for about ten years and finally feels ready to pass along what he’s learned.

Some woodworkers consider a dedicated sharpening station a luxury but I consider it as important as your bench. And, like your bench, its design needs only to fit your sharpening gear, ergonomic needs and honing proclivities. Part I lays out the project overview and Part II begins the build process. The rest of the steps will follow so check in often with the Heartwood Blog. Nice work, Rob!

Newsletter Award! Kudos to Linda!

Linda Rosengarten, All Star!
Linda Rosengarten, All Star!

Great news! We were recently informed that Hock Tools is one of the 2012 Constant Contact All Star Award Winners! Constant Contact manages our web-based email-marketing campaign. Every two months (or so) Linda writes an article (or two) about people and events we think will interest our subscribers. The upcoming issue will include a profile of Isaac Fisher of Pachyderm Furniture Works, an excerpt from The Perfect Edge about how edges cut wood fibers and a photo album featuring the plane-making talent of Hermie Tolerba. Subscribe now to receive this issue when it mails.2013-AllStar-logo-93x85This award would not have been bestowed on us without your subscriptions to Linda’s newsletter Sharp & to the Point; A Shameless Shill for Hock Tools.  Thank you!

As you know, we put this newsletter together with our customers and supporters in mind, so thank you for making time to open the newsletter when it arrives in your e-mail, for clicking through on our links and recommending that your friends subscribe, too.

That is what it took to get the award! Linda and I hope we get even more subscribers like you — you know, the good ones — in 2013, and to look forward to improving the newsletter so that we continue to keep your interests and meet your needs.

For now, though? Wahoo! And way to go, Linda!