Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Preserving the Tradition

Tool Restoration with Anne Briggs


Tool Restoration with Anne Briggs



Anne is a hand-tool focused woodworker. She has operated a hand tool restoration business, built custom furniture, and written for various woodworking publications for the past four years.

“I have always loved restoring old tools. From the thrill of the chase finding old rusty junk at garage sales or antique stores to giving them new life using those tools to create heirloom quality furniture, taking pieces of history or refurbishing family heirlooms to tell new stories in your shop at home is what this class is all about.”

Class Description

In this class we will go over several different techniques in the hand tool restoration process; sharpening, rust removal, sole flattening, and handle repair/replacement. We will cover both full restoration and "leaving the patina," aka cleaning up tools so they still look old but function the way they should.


Be sure and bring tools from home that you’d like to learn how to sharpen! Please keep in mind that Anne will cover saw plate and handle restoration, but there won’t be time to cover saw sharpening.


No prerequisites are needed. 

Class Information and Registration

Class runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday and Sunday.
This class takes place in Building #304 at Fort Worden on June 22-23, 2019. Map
Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the school.
Please also read our Registration Policy.

Class size: 10
Cost: $300
Materials Charge: $10
Register by: June 15, 2019

When you click on the Register link you will be able to register for the class or, if the class is full, sign up for the wait list.