Hendrik Varju is a well known furniture designer/craftsman who operates “Passion for Wood” near Toronto, Canada. He also offers woodworking courses and seminars and has been widely published in woodworking magazines in Canada, the U.S., the U.K. and Australia. In 2007, Hendrik started producing DVD courses and he has offered to provide some of them as prizes in Lumberjocks contests. You can see the full list of all of Hendrik’s DVD courses here: http://passionforwood.com/woodworking/dvds.htm .
This week, the prize is Hendrik’s ninth DVD course called “Sharpening & Tuning Hand Planes and Chisels”. It is almost 9 hours long and focuses on getting perfect edges on chisels and several common types of hand planes. It also covers how to tune an old chisel or hand plane, or even a new one that might not be made to refined tolerances, including working on the chipbreaker and lever cap, flattening the sole, back-bevelling the mouth, etc. The DVD also covers hollow grinding techniques and honing free hand. A long and detailed bonus section covers cambered hand plane blades—why they’re useful and how to grind the camber and hone it freehand as well. You can read more about this 5-DVD set here: http://passionforwood.com/woodworking/dvds-sharpening.htm. It is valued at Cdn. $94.95 + taxes and shipping.
To enter to win this contest, just post a comment giving your answer to this question: “In your opinion, what is the best way to wean yourself off honing guides and develop the skills to hone freehand?” Post a comment before May 14, 2014 and Hendrik will choose his favourite answer. Then we’ll let you know how to claim your prize. Hendrik will ship it directly to your home at no cost to you.
EDIT: The winner is: Mosquito Post #5
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