Learn To Maintain, Retension, and Sharpen Your Own Saw
—It's not as hard as you think


5-Day Comprehensive Seminars

Once a quarter, I gather together up to a half-dozen woodworkers for an intensive five-day saw tune-up and sharpening seminar at the SawSharp workshop co-located with the Bad Axe Tool Works workshop in Superior, Wisconsin. Inclusive with the tuition is a Bad Axe backsaw of your choice you will build under my oversight toward the end of the course. You are also entitled to purchase any additional Bad Axe saw(s) at 15% off upon ordering by course closure.

The intention of this five-day course is to throroughly inculcate the skill of saw sharpening into your repertoire of woodworking and tool maintenance skills. Come prepared to work and learn. The intensive five-day exercise covers an array of toothlines from dovetail saws up to full-blown hand and panel saws. During the course, you will sharpen up to four of the vintage saws you bring to the SawSharp workshop, and will build your own Bad Axe backsaw (inclusive with tuition) under my personal oversight.

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Upcoming 5-day Intensive Seminars
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Travel & Lodging

Canal Park Hotels Where to Fly In: Duluth International Airport

Where to Stay: Duluth, MN or Superior, WI. Both cities sit astride the mouth of Lake Superior, an international Harbor.

For those seeking a more touristy locale on the Minnesota side of the bridge might take a look at the Inn on Lake Superior in Duluth, located next to a diverse array of restaurants, local brew pubs and bustling shopping—all less than 10 minutes away from our Superior workshop on the Wisconsin side of the bridge.

Another place to stay on the Superior side of the bridge is Barker's Island Inn and Marina, a quiet and reasonably priced resort located on a harbor next to Lake Superior offering a great restaurant, pub, tennis courts and pool. You'll need a rental car to get around (our shop is 2.5 miles away)


Another great motel on the Superior side of the twin ports is The Superior Bay Botique Motel, less than five minutes away from our shop, where you get a great little suite for less than $80 per night.

For the budget-conscious seeking to get around on foot only three blocks away from our shop is a no-frills hotel called Superior Inn, with a steakhouse and pub on the premises.

Showtime for our five-day seminars is Monday Morning, 0800 sharp. We'll kick things off with a cuppa joe at SawSharp, 69 N. 28th St., Suite #31 Superior, WI 54880 . Ph: +1 (800) 963-0325‬‬. Just key that address into Google Maps, and you'll find our shop.

Click here for strip map of where to park at the Mariner Business Center, and where to enter the building.

Afterwards...The first round is on me!

I buy the first round Monday evening after training, because now it's time to have fun after a hard day of sawfiling. Right across the bridge from Superior is Duluth's famous Canal Park district, loaded with great places to eat, shop and drink. We'll kick off the evening at The Lake Avenue Cafe for a libation of your choice and an orientation to some seriously fun places in the area to visit.

I hope that if and when you do come to one of my seminars, that you have one helluva good time, and I'll make sure you find a restaurant to suit your palate and other entertainment while you're here with us.

Cheers! ~ Mark