How to Sharpen & Use a Card Scraper with Elia Bizzarri

//How to Sharpen & Use a Card Scraper with Elia Bizzarri

In my above video Elia Bizzarri shares his no-nonsense method for sharpening and using a card scraper…without expensive jigs!


Elia shared this tutorial right after we finished filming out DVD on building a Windsor Rocking Chair from a Tree…click here to be notified when the DVD is released.


Did you miss the tour of Elia’s workshop that I shared with my readers last year? If so, you can watch it here. The same page will let you watch Elia on The Woodwright’s Shop with Roy Underhill!



Here are some links to help you find the basic card scraper sharpening products:



Here are a few of Elia’s chairs that I photographed recently:





Here are a few photos from our recent video shoot for the DVD on how to build a Windsor Chair:





And here are some details that I photographed of Elia’s beautiful work:
















You can contact Elia and place orders for custom Windsor chairs at his website here.

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Joshua loves mixing his passion for traditional hand tool woodworking with his ability to teach in a simple manner. He lives on a small farm in Earlysville, Virginia with his wife and four children, and builds furniture in his workshop / woodworking school.

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Great scraper video.Thanks,Bob Lindh,Western Pa.

Bill Rankin
Bill Rankin

Really appreciate your efforts sharing all this, Joshua. You are doing a great service by helping to preserve these skills.

Johnnie Skears
Johnnie Skears

Joshua,This is the answer to most of the questions I never knew I needed to ask. The hours I’ve spent trying to get my scrapers to work/cut with truly indifferent results.
Elia’s explanation of his simple sharpening routine AND most importantly the why. The what to do and what not to do while using a scraper, made for a clearer understanding of this most simple/ difficult tool. A job well done, both of you..

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