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    What is happening? Are you getting a lot of...

    What is happening? Are you getting a lot of raised grain?
    That happens to my work. Lay on one coat (I like MinWax Tung Oil Protective Finish.)
    Wait unti it goes hard and has no smell. In my...
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    S'cuse the side bar here. I've used Kestrel...

    S'cuse the side bar here. I've used Kestrel blades for some years.
    I'd be really happy to blow the dust off and use that again.

    As long as old carving tools don't show any rust pitting, they are...
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    Here in the Pacific Northwest, the First Nations...

    Here in the Pacific Northwest, the First Nations make 'kerf-bent' boxes out single sheets of western red cedar or yellow cedar.
    3 of the corners have very elaborate undercut jointing which meshes...
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    nadcarves: Aaron is right = there aren't many of...

    nadcarves: Aaron is right = there aren't many of us left at the bench.
    Every anglo carver that I've met in the last 20 years has been self-inspired and motivated to pick up a gouge and make...
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    Leonard Lee claimed you have the choice of a...

    Leonard Lee claimed you have the choice of a square edge or a hook.
    The work piece is of far more importance to me than the scraper beyond being functional.
    Usig a chalked file then a token...
  6. I thought about it. I need decades of practice...

    I thought about it. I need decades of practice for striking accuracy. I quit. Fun to try.
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    I make my own from 3" pieces of hard steel lumber...

    I make my own from 3" pieces of hard steel lumber strapping. Dozen at a time.
    Always chalk the files to cut smoothly and cleanly. I use the file tang for burnishing.
    I follow the written and...
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    I am totally amazed that anything survived...

    I am totally amazed that anything survived February. Even my survival.
    It was too cold for the sled-heads and even the heliskiers (usually warmer up top).
    Saw mills shut down for weeks on end (...
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    What works here at 53N is to put wormy wood in a...

    What works here at 53N is to put wormy wood in a freezer (they run about -20C) for 48 hours then let it warm up.
    Repeat this 4-6 times and the bugs cannot respond to the fast changing temperatures....
  10. My grandfather built fishing boats of western red...

    My grandfather built fishing boats of western red cedar and Douglas fir in Vancouver BC.
    I remember those saws with the loopy metal handles. Might have one in the bottom of a box.
    Thanks for the...
  11. Not a single one of those would look the least...

    Not a single one of those would look the least bit out of place if it landed on any of my wood carving benches.
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    The wear on a synthetic stone is mostly related...

    The wear on a synthetic stone is mostly related to the quantity and quality of the adhesive binder.
    There's a code for that if the stone maker is willing to reveal what they do.

    Flattening my 1K...
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    Welcome and greetings from the big rocks west of...

    Welcome and greetings from the big rocks west of Jasper.
  14. Your ebony is the next best thing to stone. ...

    Your ebony is the next best thing to stone. Might as well call it stone, OK?

    I carve some Brazilian steatite soapstone. I can carve it with a screwdriver if I had to.
    Like finishing an...
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    Dad must have cracked the whip! I looked in his...

    Dad must have cracked the whip! I looked in his book and didn't think to check the catalog.
    I do remember thinking that, over the past decade, LV has a better selection and qualities of all sorts...
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    BRAVO!!!! Those are drop-dead beautiful. Well...

    BRAVO!!!! Those are drop-dead beautiful. Well done!
    Finish: I just use very hot water on the ones in my kitchen.
    Not even boiling can move the oil in the wood.

    Thank you for showing the...
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    Leonard Lee: The Complete Guide to Sharpening. ...

    Leonard Lee: The Complete Guide to Sharpening. Ch 15, p205.
    He shows a countersink-like device, followed by finishing with an abrasive rod (ceramic?)

    I like the hardwood cone concept with a...
  18. orraloon said: "Larger jobs I use the machines...

    orraloon said: "Larger jobs I use the machines for the grunt work of stock prep."

    I have not been a serious wood carver (mallets and Pfeil gouges) for 20 years. Carving in the round, each project...
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    For straight edges, any flat surface will do as a...

    For straight edges, any flat surface will do as a strop to hold honing compound.
    For years, I've used strips of food box/breakfast cereal cardboard stock.
    I stick that down with dabs of masking...
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    No, not Canadian. Has absolutley no freakin'...

    No, not Canadian. Has absolutley no freakin' clue what the silhouette of a conifer tree looks like.
    In your dreams, dorkling.

    Actually, I believe it's a collection of Inuit snow saws from...
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    I have used bees wax. The initial application...

    I have used bees wax. The initial application (preheating) is a tremendous mess, spattered all over the stove in my kitchen. Not again.
    My house, my kitchen, my mess, me have to do the clean up....
  22. Besides the oaks (Quercus) and the Ashes...

    Besides the oaks (Quercus) and the Ashes (Fraxinus) the most popular furniture woods
    still must be various maples (Acer) and Walnut (Juglans).

    General purpose woods must be regional. Good...
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    I was intent on using Charles' Law to do a very...

    I was intent on using Charles' Law to do a very fast and permanent finish, whatever the material was.
    I looked into Salad Bowl Finishes, the two ingredients common to them all were bee's wax and...
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    I use two other alternative methods. These are...

    I use two other alternative methods. These are inexpensive and worth the trials.

    1. Let the first finish coat set up good and hard.
    Gently scrub the surface with extremely coarse steel wool. ...
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    I think it's worth the experiments. Any edible...

    I think it's worth the experiments. Any edible oil ought to be adequate.
    I used olive oil because I have lots of it in the kitchen, I buy 3 liter tins in the Greek market.
    The degree of...
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    What a pleasure to watch. Wood carving. Growing...

    What a pleasure to watch. Wood carving. Growing grapes and wine-making.
    Things I have done for more than 40 years. Life is good.
    Thank you.
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    Baking in SWMBO's oven? Never even roasted a...

    Baking in SWMBO's oven? Never even roasted a chook for hours? Never a fruit pie or bread?
    I've done all the experiments, you guys run with the results. Application.

    I'm going to cook my spoons...
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    If I sat in that chair, I'd be asleep at the...

    If I sat in that chair, I'd be asleep at the dinner table until after midnight.
    It looks so comfortable, even for my boney backside.

    Gallery grade work, sir. Thank you.
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    Water in wood is in 2 places: 1. In the open...

    Water in wood is in 2 places:
    1. In the open void lumens of the wood cells as "free" water,
    2. "Bound" into the various components of the wood cell walls.
    Thus when wood dries, the wood water is...
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    The triglycerieds in olive oil must be exposed to...

    The triglycerieds in olive oil must be exposed to oxygen in the air (at high concentration) in order to break unsaturated bonds in oxidations.
    I am correct in claiming the olive oil in wood will not...
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    I carved and finished 70 spoons and 30 forks in...

    I carved and finished 70 spoons and 30 forks in birch (Betula papyrifera.)
    Preheat your oven to 325F
    On a cake rack over a sheet pan, slather the wood works with the oil of your choice.
    I used...
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    I'm most familiar with the straight edge blades...

    I'm most familiar with the straight edge blades in spoke shaves (making spokes, of course).
    Tuned up, even my old ears can hear them sing in the wood. I don't want 15,000rpm.
    They "hiss" when they...
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    I have built 5 different desks. Three of them...

    I have built 5 different desks. Three of them are 32" x 72" tops, 5/8" G1S. The others are 32" x 96" tops.
    They are all #1 A-Grade Douglas fir plywood (about as good as it gets).
    There's a 2x4...
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    I'd like to see that. All sandpapers shred wood...

    I'd like to see that.
    All sandpapers shred wood fiber. Big or little, always shredded, always furry, can't be helped with sandpapers.
    You will be 10X better off to use cabinet scrapers. Those...
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    Do bicycle hand grips have a big enough void in...

    Do bicycle hand grips have a big enough void in the middle? Heat in hot water and stretch?
    I suppose that snow ski pole grips are not particularly common, out your way.:U
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    As the diffusion path length increases with...

    As the diffusion path length increases with distance, the wood smell is bound to decrease over time.
    In the western red cedar that I use, the coastal cedar smell last longer, from sawdust and...
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    There are few woods with a persistent smell. ...

    There are few woods with a persistent smell. Most of those are conifers.
    I carve mostly western red cedar (Thuja plicata). The wonderful aroma does no last until the next day.
    Yellow Cedar...
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    Where on earth is the title "Master Carver"...

    Where on earth is the title "Master Carver" awarded? For which style and medium?
    Have you got a portfolio, a visual showcase of your body of work?
    I think that would be first and foremost for...
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    The wood waste is in the original saw milling...

    The wood waste is in the original saw milling kerf. 3 mm kerf is diddly, even in a whole house.
    Canfor is always looking for ways to reduce that kerf loss. It's worth millions $$$$$.

    Every one...
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    Thanks AlexS. Would not hurt to ask them. I...

    Thanks AlexS. Would not hurt to ask them.
    I need to buy a Kilner jug, first. Probably carve something from western red cedar as a stopper.
    There was a pottery business in Eltham that made...
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    Alberta Premium has been the breakfast of...

    Alberta Premium has been the breakfast of champions for decades. Actually quite good and not insipid like Canadian Club BBQ lighter.
    I used to like a little water and ice but I can hardly recall...
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    The pictures are deceptive. I believed the...

    The pictures are deceptive. I believed the dispenser was 4-5 liters until you mentioned cork sizes.
    I can buy the 1-liter sized dispenser in the city. Alberta Premium Canadian Rye whiskey should...
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    I used to make wines. 600 bottle batches so was...

    I used to make wines. 600 bottle batches so was always on the look-out for cork deals.
    Even in 1,000 cork lots, the criminals wanted $0.27 each!!!! Went to bag-in-a-box.

    I can buy composite...
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    That's cool. I need to know the brand, I'd like...

    That's cool. I need to know the brand, I'd like one.
    In this day and time, cork is not cheap. A lot, even bottle corks, are laminated glue-ups that then get shaped.
    That's the direction that I'd...
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    Bladesmiths soon realized that carvers all over...

    Bladesmiths soon realized that carvers all over wanted more-or-less predictable sweeps when contemplating buying new tools.
    So the factual evidence shows that the LPB standard covered many makers on...
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    Somebody always has to be different. Looking...

    Somebody always has to be different. Looking around, it seems nobody followed them very far.
    For sweeps, the London Pattern Book has numbers to maybe #75 (tracery-bent, etc).
    Most everybody uses...
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    I've been carving with "anglo" gouges for maybe...

    I've been carving with "anglo" gouges for maybe 20 years.
    Bevel angles for carving will be 20 degrees, 25 for ball-bustiung hard woods.

    I'll say the shallow is a #3 sweep and the deeper one os...
  48. What is your method for establishing your correct...

    What is your method for establishing your correct chisel handle size?

    In the Pacific Northwest, it takes some prototype tool handles to establish that.
    I have big hands and long fingers. Your...
  49. My work shop is really cold this winter, as low...

    My work shop is really cold this winter, as low as 12C. Until the electric heater thaws* things out,
    I wear lined gloves and carve, holding the Narex skews by the metal parts. The wooden handles...
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    Some Forstner bits never clear the shavings,...

    Some Forstner bits never clear the shavings, right from new.
    The next one, same size, works like a dream.

    I did read about the original Forstners with no center point.
    I suppose in a mechanical...
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