For the beginning wood turner and unfortunately for many long time users of a wood turning lathe, sharpening is a mystery. Sharp tools make for great shavings, better surfaces off the tool, less sanding, and more fun. Turning wood with a dull tool is hard work and leaves a lot of work with lots and lots of sanding. First of all, what is sharpening not for the turner? It is not all those honing stones and sandpaper setups that the wood carvers and other wood workers use. A well tuned hand plane needs a finely honed blade to bring up a good shaving. Many of us are going to sharpen our planes and stones with a 1000 grit water stone or better and then guard the edge.