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Cutting Tools Maintenance



Join Mike Rushton for a day of cutting tools maintenance at Tamarack Outdoors. Mike will demonstrate many different techniques and equipment for maintaining and sharpening knives, crook knives, saws, axes, bill hooks, drawknives and a myriad of other cutting tools.


 - Use of various sharpening techniques for all wood cutting tools

 - Use of water, diamond and ceramic sharpening stones

 - Use of sharpening systems

 - Reshaping damaged cutting edges to correct profiles

 - Steel, wood and leather maintenance

 - Honing and stropping to a razors edge

 - Sharpening in the field

Brief Itinerary

After meeting at Tamarack Outdoors we will spend the day in store with workshops, demonstrations and how-to sessions, with the onus on you having a go.

Dates & Booking Details
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Course starts at 09:00 and finishes at around 15.45

Price includes all tuition, specialist tools & equipment and hot & cold drinks. The course does not include food or transport.

Additional Information

Course Size: 12 

There is a minimum age limit of 18 for this course. 

For more information on this event or to be added to the reserve list, contact the Tamarack Team on 01995 601011 or via email at


Meet at Tamarack Outdoors at 09:45 on the Saturday, the course will finish around 16:00.

Directions from the South

- From M6 North bound take junction 32 M55 signposted Fleetwood, Preston North.

- Follow signs for A6 Preston and Garstang.

- At roundabout take the third exit signposted A6 Garstang.

- After 5.5 miles turn right on the B6430, sign posted Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club.

- Follow signs for Ray Lane and the Creamery Industrial Estate.

- Pass Garstang Country Hotel and Golf Club.

- Turn right onto Calder House Lane, sign posted Ray Lane Industrial Estate.

- Stay on Calder House Lane, after several bends this turns into Bruna Hill, then into Ray Lane.

- Follow Ray Lane over humped back bridge and under railway bridge.

- Pass under railway bridge and turn immediately left passing the Kenlis Arms on the right.

- Head for signs for the Creamery Industrial Estate.

- On entering the estate, straight in front you, you will find Tamarack Outdoors.

Directions from the North

 - From M6 South bound take Junction 33, signposted A6 Garstang and Fleetwood.

- At the roundabout take first exit, signposted Garstang, Blackpool and Fleetwood.

- After 7.8 miles turn left onto Cock Robin Lane, signed Garstang Country Hotel & Golf Club

- At the end of Cock Robin Lane turn left onto B6430.

- All other directions as from the South.


Recommended Course Kit List

- Any cutting tools you may have

- Any sharpening stones or systems you may have

- Notebook and Pen

- Lunch and snacks for the day

Q: What do I need to bring?

General Equipment: You will need food and snacks for the duration of the course. Please bring with you any tools you wish to sharpen on the course and any sharpening stones or systems you regularly use.

A full list of recommended equipment for this course can be found on the Equipment tab above.

Q: What about first aid and anyone having an accident?

All Tamarack staff are trained and qualified in first aid, with a full comprehensive first aid kit on site. Risk assessments and emergency procedures are in place for any eventuality.

Q: What about insurance?

Tamarack hold the relevant insurance to carry out this type of activity. However, it would be an advantage to all students to have their own travel insurance.

Q: What happens now that I have booked and paid for a course?

After you have booked and paid to attend one of our courses you will find all the information you will need within the FAQ or the relevant course page you have booked on. Here you will find dates, timings, meeting point, what kit and food provision you need etc.

One Day Courses - If you have booked on a one day course you will be contacted firstly by telephone one to two weeks prior to the course. If a message has to be left we follow this up with an email. The reason for contacting you is to ensure you are still able to attend and that if you have any further questions or queries regarding the course we can sort this out.

Multiple Day Courses - If you have booked on a multiple day course you will be contacted firstly by telephone  two months then again one month  prior to the course. If a message has to be left we follow this up with an email. The reason for contacting you is to ensure you are still able to attend and that if you have any further questions or queries regarding the course we can sort this out.


Q: If I have booked and paid for a course and I need to cancel, do I get my money back?

To see our full course terms and conditions please click here

What our customers say...

" Just wanted to thank you both for the hospitality you gave to us on the Axe/Knife Maintenance course that you put on for us. There was lots of Coffee/Tea and biscuits through the course and with all the talking going on it was most welcome.

Mike covered a wide range of cutting tools and not only demonstrated the sharpening process but allowed us to practice these skills individually. The course content was excellent and Mike maintained a learning pace that was most welcome to us all. I will most certainly be attending some of your other courses.

Once again, thank you for a most informative course.

Best Regards

David "

" What a very good day we had on Saturday 25/03/2017 on the Cutting tool course, well presented by Mike and plenty of hands-on-tasks to complete, good company and plenty of brews. I would strongly recommended this course.
From 2 Grandads and Thomas "


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