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  1. You do not want a lubricant. You want friction. ...

    You do not want a lubricant. You want friction. You want a carrier to wash away the swarf so that your abrasive continues to cut as predicted.
    I don't need a puddle of smashed abrasive particle of...
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    Welcome, Rick. As you know, the tools vary...

    Welcome, Rick.

    As you know, the tools vary with the job.
    Each style of wood carving has a fairly well defined set of starting tools.

    Probably best to pick one (relief carving?), buy some...
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    Welcome Nick. 1. Search the archives in this...

    Welcome Nick.
    1. Search the archives in this forum. There were some big active threads a few years ago.
    2. Can you find a local group of like-minded carvers to exchange info with?
    3. You can't...
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    Those kinds of old things ( and worse) are prime...

    Those kinds of old things ( and worse) are prime candidates for building elbow or D adzes for wood carving.
    Very common tools here among the First Nations of the Pacific Northwest.
    Lots of times, I...
  5. Hi Chris: You certainly work with big dishes. I...

    Hi Chris:
    You certainly work with big dishes. I wanted ones to be convenient on my table.
    One thing I did learn was that I must almost finish the entire outside of the dish before I do the easy...
  6. I'm here. I've carved several bowls of different...

    I'm here.
    I've carved several bowls of different shapes and sizes. I have run across several different techniques.
    In none of them does anybody ever use a bent gouge. That's a new one for me.
    ...
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    I try to do everything indoors and some outdoors...

    I try to do everything indoors and some outdoors with #8 Robertson in various lengths.
    #8 x 1.5" come in 1 kg cans, I don't know the count but it's lots until I started working on a long fence....
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    Every steel is very plastic when very thin. ...

    Every steel is very plastic when very thin. There is simple proof of that fact. I decided not to ignore that.
    The deal with any sharpening technique is to get an edge adequate for the intended...
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    Excellent news. Rather than how the edges feel,...

    Excellent news. Rather than how the edges feel, always test them in the woods that you intend to work with. That's where it really matters.

    I have good sized pieces of every wood that I like to...
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    Seeing is believing, so my vision-challenged...

    Seeing is believing, so my vision-challenged friend tells me.

    There's 2 pages of these SEM electron micrographs that put poo-poo to many myths regarding the soft plastic nature of steel edges....
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    Had one of those in front of my house just...

    Had one of those in front of my house just yesterday. I think the frame in front of the rear wheels was 1m-2m longer.
    To accommodate the hose reels, pumps and so on. Otherwise, just like the one...
  12. Good friend is a manufacturing jeweler. I like...

    Good friend is a manufacturing jeweler. I like to use stones, metals and shell inlay in my wood carvings.
    She uses a Knew Concepts fret saw, the one with the rotating blade. I bought one.
    They...
  13. I sympathize with your challenges. I was taught...

    I sympathize with your challenges.
    I was taught freehand sharpening by a full-time, professional wood carver.
    I learned a whole bunch of things that I did incorrectly.
    I learned a whole bunch...
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    According to Lee Valley and 3M Products, 1200...

    According to Lee Valley and 3M Products,

    1200 grit has a nominal particle size of 6.5 microns
    1500 grit has a nominal particle size of 3 microns
    2000 grit has a nominal Particle size of1 micron....
  15. I'd begin with dust control and never feel safe...

    I'd begin with dust control and never feel safe with a mask on for just 60 minutes.
    The P2.5 crap will still be hanging around.

    Don't forget that some of that dust, a large fraction, will be...
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    My inventory would include a cemetery with...

    My inventory would include a cemetery with headstones and grassy weeds and ghosts rising up.
    Must have bats and a witch flying on a broom.
    A sliver of a moon in the sky.
    Bunch of spooky carved...
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    I bought my first house new, very nice. Wooden...

    I bought my first house new, very nice. Wooden deck 6' x30'on the back. Ten years and it was too rotten to walk on.
    Had it redone in steel with catwalk mesh and indoor/outdoor carpet. Much cheaper...
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    I do not believe that wood prices for...

    I do not believe that wood prices for spruce/fir/pine coming from British Columbia will be dropping any time soon.
    Even the tourists are being warned to go home, stay home and stay off the water...
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    The principles are the same. Kitchen prep knife,...

    The principles are the same. Kitchen prep knife, cleaver, $100 adze blade, 9/15 gouge, they are all the same.
    Maybe the tool moves, maybe the abrasive moves, all the same.
    I roll a 5/35 gouge on...
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    "Carving knives" are very specifically meant for...

    "Carving knives" are very specifically meant for particular styles of wood carving.

    About 1/2 of my tools are the usual western style of gouges with mallets and so forth.

    The other half are...
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    There's no good reason to need to use leather for...

    There's no good reason to need to use leather for a strop.
    A thousand years ago, it was the only smooth and flat surface there was.

    Now, an offcut of float glass or a bit of polished stone...
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    I'll say that it's a high pressure mercury...

    I'll say that it's a high pressure mercury lightbulb. The kind in the roof of a basketball court.
    The glassy part is fused quartz and the cage is to catch the big chunks if/when the bulb explodes....
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    1,000 might not get you far enough, fast enough. ...

    1,000 might not get you far enough, fast enough.
    If the edge is at all banged up, you will need to somehow grind behind that then restore the carving edge.

    I use a 10X magnifier and look for...
  24. I seriously doubt that you will find another wood...

    I seriously doubt that you will find another wood as dark as ebony. Core heartwoods from many species, even things like apple,
    are very pleasing shades of medium to dark brown and that's about it....
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    Paint the bevel with black felt marker so you can...

    Paint the bevel with black felt marker so you can watch what's happening.
    Sharpen from your knees, not your elbows.

    Pull strokes only, no scrubbing. Gentle pressure.
    Pull stroke then stop. ...
  26. Find something quite flat, such as a piece of...

    Find something quite flat, such as a piece of "float" glass. Called "salvage glass" in the window shops.
    I'll bind the entire edge with heavy tape so I don't cut myself.
    Stick down a length of...
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    Ha! No problem. Everybody does it. Of my 5...

    Ha! No problem. Everybody does it.

    Of my 5 cleavers, the oldest is about 1970/Melbourne ( Little Collins St?).
    I use 3 which are just 15cm/6" that cost me $15.00 each.
    The two big ones...
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    What sort of a wood carving knife do you intend...

    What sort of a wood carving knife do you intend to make?

    I have repurposed 2 dozen worn down farrier's hoof trimming knives as entirely satisfactory wood carvers.
    Otherwise, I have found it most...
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    Try low (40psi) air pressure to blow it out...

    Try low (40psi) air pressure to blow it out backwards while you brush the outer surface to dislodge the crud.
    What's your time worth? If you don't own even a little compressor air source, you can...
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    I always knock off the corners of my home made...

    I always knock off the corners of my home made card scrapers. A gouge from a corner is really hard to repair.

    Think about the geometry of a bent scraper being pulled along the wood.
    The edge...
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    What an outstanding, mysterious back story. I do...

    What an outstanding, mysterious back story. I do hope there's some closure, some day.

    My guess on the carving subject might not be too far off. The sizes and shapes of carving tools, as you...
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    Ace find. You must be blessed by the carving...

    Ace find. You must be blessed by the carving gods.
    With those sizes and shapes, what do you suppose he carved?
    Fine relief on furniture?
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    That's just right. Next, do one of a Greyhound...

    That's just right. Next, do one of a Greyhound sleeping = on their back with all 4 legs in the air.
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    RTV silicone. It is both waterproof and a little...

    RTV silicone. It is both waterproof and a little bit elastic.
    Talk to wood carvers, those stone pieces are plenty big enough to put the finishing edge on palm tools and also gravers.
  35. Like your legs, huh? Like to walk around,...

    Like your legs, huh? Like to walk around, unassisted? Like the look of your face in the mirror?

    Buy the best chainsaw safety equipment that you can afford and then some.
    Chainsaw chaps are...
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    There are architectural lighting design standards...

    There are architectural lighting design standards made for safety if nothing else, for biology and chemistry laboratories.
    I don't recall what the light intensities had to be at bench-top level. I...
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    Then, you go to a store that sells suitcases. ...

    Then, you go to a store that sells suitcases. They have all sorts of accessories for travel.
    Including an absolutely crazy range of adapter electrical plugs for every system on earth.

    Think of...
  38. Probably some finish formulated for wooden boats....

    Probably some finish formulated for wooden boats. Sikkens Cetol is popular with the bigger more expensive ($50,000,000) log homes.
    Personally, I don't like Cetol for the UV screen gives a strong...
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    My very first reaction is that nothing more needs...

    My very first reaction is that nothing more needs doing to this picture. It's finished. You did do your best here.

    "Essence of dog."
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    If I worked in a variety of materials, a power...

    If I worked in a variety of materials, a power drill bit sharpener might be cost effective.
    My Machinist's Handbook specifies 5 different tip angles for effectiveness in plastics, steels, stainless...
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    Interesting. What's the hide source? Luthiers...

    Interesting. What's the hide source?
    Luthiers here use beef, chicken, fish and rabbit hide glues.
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    Will these be kitchen goods? I use an oven-baked...

    Will these be kitchen goods?
    I use an oven-baked olive oil finish.
    No, it does not and cannot go rancid (a myth)
    No, you can't wash it off.
    No, boiling liquids cannot disturb it.

    A bowl ( with...
  43. Hard, flat strops. Anything flat that I can...

    Hard, flat strops. Anything flat that I can scribble with a bar of CrOx/AlOx Strips of cereal box cardboard, any hard flat packaging.
    Glueing it down is a myth. Gravity is your friend. Dabs of...
  44. No Neil, Leonard Lee does not specify the steel...

    No Neil, Leonard Lee does not specify the steel except for a couple of sorry SEM of a Wilkinson Sword razor blade.
    He just says it's a chisel. The geometry of the big SEM machines is such that you...
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    In this day and time, most of my wood carving is...

    In this day and time, most of my wood carving is done with the crooked knives of the Pacific Northwest First Nations designs.
    Not only do they have sweeps but I have both single and double bevel...
  46. I agree. There might be something odd about my...

    I agree. There might be something odd about my process.
    However, it does an excellent job on blades from spoke shaves and Stanley planes.
    I use a lot of black felt marker even now to follow the...
  47. The "honing compound" that I use is clearly an...

    The "honing compound" that I use is clearly an abrasive. The black streaks of steel residue on the strop show that.
    Of course, the surface appears polished. This is so finely scratched that the...
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    A straight razor should hot be expected to cut...

    A straight razor should hot be expected to cut more than wet protein (whiskers).
    To old hands, that might mean no more than the long leather strop as seen in barber shops.
    To me, CrOx/AlOx honing...
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    Besides the two translation programs that I...

    Besides the two translation programs that I mentioned above, there is another "DeepL" which seems to have broader vocabularies and is much better at handling word groups as idioms of speech.
    I'm in...
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    I'd jump at the chance to use that for wood...

    I'd jump at the chance to use that for wood carving. Maybe some sort of replaceable faces on the mallet.
    A lot of the time, I need to do "tap-tap-tap," which gives me more control than a hand push....
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