Updated March 31 at 4:31pm

IYRS students receive sharpening equipment

Student craftsmen at Newport’s International Yacht Restoration School now have some new tools courtesy of DMT Diamond Machining Technology. More

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IYRS students receive sharpening equipment

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Student craftsmen at Newport’s International Yacht Restoration School now have some new tools courtesy of DMT Diamond Machining Technology.

The Marlborough, Mass.-based company donated several of its knife sharpeners to help students perfect their craft. In addition, a DMT staff member will make a presentation, providing students with an overview of the products and their sharpening applications.

“Wooden-boat building and restoration demands a high level of skill and craftsmanship, so our students need to become proficient at sharpening hand tools,” said Clark Poston, director of student and industry relations at IYRS. “As a small nonprofit, IYRS depends on support from the industry in many forms, including donated products and equipment and presentations from manufacturers. This kind of partnership and support program from DMT is crucial to the success of our programs and the success of our graduates.”

Mark Brandon, president of DMT, said his company was happy to help.

“We are thrilled to put our sharpening tools to the test in the hands of this next generation of boat builders and restorers,” he said. “These men and women reflect the best in American fine craftsmanship. It’s the same kind of care and craftsmanship we put into each of our products.” •

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