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Sharpening workshop Jan. 29 in Dexter

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DEXTER — Over the past few years Dexter Dover Area Towns in Transition (DDATT) has sponsored free public sharpening workshops which drew people from as far away as Skowhegan and Bangor to share skills and learn how to get small tools back into sharp condition by hand. Sandpaper on glass, water stones, oil stones, hand-powered grinding wheel, files of all kinds, honing strops, and peening jigs were among the items demonstrated to and then used by the curious and hopeful.

The informal and participatory nature of the event was so successful that another sharpening workshop is planned for 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29 at Dexter’s Tri-County Tech Center (TCTC — up behind the high school).

Anyone with knowledge of sharpening and honing is welcome to bring their tools to set up on a table, and anyone with dull tools or questions about dull tools invited to spend the evening in conversation and hands-on learning. The generosity of the TCTC to offer its wonderful utility shop space will allow chainsaw sharpening for the first time.

As DDATT’s mission is to help our area reduce our use of fossil fuels and create a more stable rural economy, we are committed to skills and ideas which can help us all take better care of our natural resources.

For more information on DDATT and future events, email info@ddatt.org to get on email news list or call 277-4221 or 924-3836.

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