It All Started with Woodworking
I have been in the high tech industry for the 36 years, and during that time I’ve developed a number of hobbies which occupy my mind, encourage my creativity and help me decompress. As I approach retirement I am hoping to transition some of these hobbies into activities that will keep me busy and engaged with people.
Woodturning has been my creative outlet. In high school wood shop I turned a wooden salad bowl for my mom. Thirty years later I bought my first lathe and started turning wood as a hobby. A hobby which grew into a passion. I love the feel of the wood spinning and seeing the long curls and wood chips flying off my gouges. Over the years I have created hundreds of items – candle sticks, pens, bowls, ornaments, cremation urns, salt and pepper mills, tops, baby rattles, platters, hand mirrors, and more. Every week I hope to have an assortment of my wood turnings in the booth – I also take commissions for custom work if you have something special in mind.
Woodworking requires very sharp tools. I grew up knowing that dull knives and dull tools were dangerous and that it was important to know how to sharpen them and keep them sharp. This lesson was from my father and he took the time to teach me how to sharpen and care for knives. Initially this was using wet stones and steels – a slow and effective technique. I have since upgraded to a very low RPM water wheel system. As soon as I got this my wood turning changed because a perfectly shaped and razor sharp tool improves the way the tool cuts through the wood. Much more precise, smoother, and in a way softer. I’ve turned out some of my best work in part due to having such precision tools.
Onto the Knives
After I the upgraded to the new sharpening system my wife suggested I “hang out my shingle” and start sharpening for our neighborhood. To inspire this she gave me my “Pete’s Sharpening” sign. Since then I have been putting the sign at the end of my driveway at times when I was home working in the yard or shop. The first time someone came down my driveway was surprising and exciting – “Hey, are you Pete? I have dull knives…” And with that I was in business.
This is my first year at the farmers market in Duvall, and the reception has been fantastic. On my first day I was busy for 4 ½ hours because people drove home to get their knives, and every week since demand for sharp knives has remained consistent.
In the rest of my spare time I enjoy woodworking, home projects, beer making, scuba diving, and long distance open water swimming. Last summer for my 60th birthday I swam the English Channel as part of a US/Australia relay team.
I look forward to meeting you and your knives
I have been at the Farmers Markets in both Duvall and Mount Vernon for the past several years. The reception has been fantastic in both locations and I look forward to continuing. I tend to be very busy, occasionally continuing sharpening after the market has closed to get everything done. I recommend getting there early if you can to avoid a long wait.
I am able to sharpen knives, any angle above 18 degrees. Garden tools – Loppers, pruners, hedge trimmers, hoes, axes, hatchets. Shop tools – chisels, planes and turning tools. Scissors – large and small, kitchen scissors, hair shears, sewing / tailoring scissors / Pinking shears, and clippers, trimmers, and specialty tools.
Use the steel every time before you use the knife, always hand wash and dry the knives (never in the dish washer), and always store the knives in a way that the blade cannot come in contact with anything else.