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Blade Sharpening Workshop w- the Artful Sailor – March 2019

March 2, 2019 @ 09:00 – 12:00 America/Los Angeles Timezone
The Artfull Sailor
410 Washington St
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Emiliano Marino
Blade Sharpening Workshop w- the Artful Sailor - March 2019 @ The Artfull Sailor | Port Townsend | Washington | United States

The Cutting Edge

The Artful Sailor’s Blade Sharpening Workshop

March 2nd, 2019

Be sharp or be dull! Every sailor and stitchmate needs a good knife and shears. Sailors and lubbers alike need their blades to be sharp.

Cutting to the chase: In the spirit of self-reliance and the preservation of traditional hand skills, The Artful Sailor Whole Earth Nautical Supply will host a shears and knife sharpening workshop with Port Townsend’s own “King of Cutlery”, Alex Moro.

The three hour workshop on Saturday, March 2nd, starts promptly at 9am in The Artful Sailor shop at 410 Washington Street (by the skate park) in Port Townsend, WA.

Participants are urged to bring their own shears, blades and whetstones to hone their sharpening skills under the keen eye and guidance of a pro.

Alex Moro( photo attached) has been using and sharpening blades since childhood. Upon moving to Port Townsend, eight years ago, Moro started his small business, Al’s Blade Service, to serve the public and local businesses. He credits much of his practical knowledge to mentors in the trades who’ve graciously imparted their wisdom and he wants to continue the tradition of sharing skills with the community.

Sailor’s sheath knives, jack knives, sailmaker’s scissors and Alex Moro’s preferred sharpening stone, the Norton 1000/4000, Japanese-style, combination water stones will be available for purchase.

The tuition is $40/person. The capacity is 12 adults.

Email the or call 360-344-8120 to reserve a seat at The Artful Sailor’s sharpening bench.


An’ while we’re at it:

 Remember we have the Handsewing Skills Workshop comin’ up less than a month after the sharpening class. There’s still room for ya, Stitchmate; you and your sharp knife & shears!

The Artful Sailor
A Whole Earth Nautical Supply
” Guidance, Goods & Tools ! “

410 Washington Street

PO Box 375

Port Townsend, WA 98368


Tel: (360)344-8120


I started this blog because I enjoy discovering new places and sharing my discoveries with others. I was raised on the Great Lakes on the Door Peninsula of Wisconsin in the shipbuilding community of Sturgeon Bay. In the 60's National Geographic Magazine called Door County the Cape Cod of the Midwest. That means for me, being on and around the water, boats, shipyards, sailing, recreation, and heritage is hardwired in my DNA. Nearby Green Bay is older than many east coast cities after all thanks to the voyages of French Canadia fur traders.

In much the same way that the Great Lakes were once the frontier explored and fought over by Americans, English, French and the indigenous peoples of First Nations this blog is about frontiers. The frontiers where heritage, cultures, travel, exploration, recreation, and arts intersect and express themselves in countless coastal communities. Here we hope to capture some of those stories.

Sam is a trained Historica Archaeologist having worked for Colonial Williamsburg and many other museums. A Folklorist, Maritime Historian, Photographer and Museum Director he consults with organizations across the country.
Graduate Studies in Anthropology and Historical Archaeology, The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg VA
Graduate Studies in Labor History, Vernacular Architecture, and American Material Culture, University of Delaware, Newark DE
Certificate in Museum Studies, University of Delaware, Newark DE
BA Anthropology, Ripon College, Ripon WI

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