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    I'm at 53N, the far north, and it's -20C again...

    I'm at 53N, the far north, and it's -20C again this morning.
    I've seen demos of the King Arthur carving equipment.
    I cannot imagine hope I would cope with the chips and saw dust in my little shop!...
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    Those are wonderful. For tooling, what's the...

    Those are wonderful. For tooling, what's the size of your favorite gouge? Maybe power carving?
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    We have a "Transfer Station" where I can drop off...

    We have a "Transfer Station" where I can drop off every thing from wet garbage, magazines, paint to dead propane bottles.
    There's a Swap Shed where old computers and pocket novels go to die.
    I have...
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    When you are looking at North American cedars for...

    When you are looking at North American cedars for wood carving, the first step is to do a ring count.
    Count growth rings per inch. Less than 12/inch is fence board crap. 15 - 30 is really good....
  5. We have rolls of kitchen "waxed paper." Called...

    We have rolls of kitchen "waxed paper." Called "sandwich paper" in some countries.
    Very inexpensive and most wood glues won't stick to it.
    OK for bench top stuff like laminating knife handle...
  6. Very sharp spoke shaves "sing" in the wood. I...

    Very sharp spoke shaves "sing" in the wood. I like to watch the long, long curly shavings come off a square stock
    on it's way to being a wheel spoke or a spoon handle.
    I got into the habit of...
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    I've been carving western red cedar for nearly 20...

    I've been carving western red cedar for nearly 20 years. As said, common here in the Pacific Northwest. I live in the middle of it.
    I work in shake block chunks 24" tall up to 64" x 5" x 5"...
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    If it's your intention to try to drill out a...

    If it's your intention to try to drill out a starting caving to chisel out the batteries,
    these is a drill bit of 20 cm length referred to as an "aircraft bit." Why I don't know.
    Also, I have a...
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    Always cut down into the grain. You learn...

    Always cut down into the grain. You learn quickly in bad woods like western red cedar and any of the pines & spruces.
    That means you must work from both ends or all around from the circumference as...
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    Check with your wood suppliers. Here we have a...

    Check with your wood suppliers. Here we have a specific Poplar (Populus tremuloides) product called "drawer side."
    It is exactly 1/2" thick and 6" wide. Clear with good dimensional stability,...
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    Starting with square blanks, I pulled 2 spoke...

    Starting with square blanks, I pulled 2 spoke shaves more than a mile in Betula birch to round off the handles of 70 spoons and 30 forks.
    The adjustable Samona (S Korea) spoke shaves were $16.00...
  12. Samona (S Korea) straight spoke shaves were...

    Samona (S Korea) straight spoke shaves were $16.00 each. Very good steel in the blades.
    I set one heavy and one fine for the ridges, saves adjustments. Top dollar doesn't cut any better.
    Very...
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    I predict that after a very good veg oil coating...

    I predict that after a very good veg oil coating that you will be slicing and dicing food for many years to come.
    Oiled, that should be quite a sight.

    My best chopping board is an off-cut glue up...
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    Great puzzle!I'd assemble every grit of fine...

    Great puzzle!I'd assemble every grit of fine sandpaper that I own (up to 3M 2500 grit wet&dry)Next, a steel scrap, soft enough to sharpen easily. I know, we all have one somewhere.I confess that I'd...
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    I've measured every edge that I've bought. I've...

    I've measured every edge that I've bought.
    I've assumed that the factory bevel angle was important so I keep to those.
    I did scrub some pairs of skews down from 25 to 20 for wood carving.

    Planes...
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    Uncommon subject and very well done.

    Uncommon subject and very well done.
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    I have made them from the 1.25" hard steel...

    I have made them from the 1.25" hard steel strapping found on large lifts of timber.
    Leonard Lee's book on Sharpening has an excellent description of processing and sharpening.
  18. Just plain water up here. After 4K, I hone on...

    Just plain water up here.
    After 4K, I hone on AlOx/CrOx which has some sort of a waxy carrier.
    That's plenty for rust inhibition.
    Mind you, I've never has issues with high humidity, either.
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    Cabinet scrapers will be vastly superior to any...

    Cabinet scrapers will be vastly superior to any sand papers.
    And you can begin when the stripper is still wet.

    Is it worth the grief of restoration? No.
    Maybe if it was a big, free-standing...
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    Nice catch. Does your fume extractor vent...

    Nice catch. Does your fume extractor vent outdoors or just filtered air returned to the lounge?
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    Just wait until the bustards are at the far end...

    Just wait until the bustards are at the far end of the garden and you can see them in a spotlight.

    This is an excellent example of a change coming to scroll-saw patterns = multiple depths of...
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    All woods tend to look a little "white" from air...

    All woods tend to look a little "white" from air trapped in surface wood cells.
    That's your indicator for timing to give the board another swipe with oil.

    To begin with, slather on the oil. Slop...
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    I collect salts from all over the world. Not...

    I collect salts from all over the world. Not just for show, I use them in my kitchen and on my table.

    Grinders are OK for peppercorns but I gave up on the lot of them for salt.
    Some salts are...
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    That was an inspired design. Inspired.

    That was an inspired design. Inspired.
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    Office stationary supply stores usually have both...

    Office stationary supply stores usually have both "carbon" paper (greasy) as well as "graphite" paper (which can be erased.)

    I use 100cm wide white paper sold in 100' rolls as cheap table...
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    That design concept fits into my head. Well...

    That design concept fits into my head. Well thought out.
    Brian
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    THANK YOU I wish you both the very best of good fortunes....

    I wish you both the very best of good fortunes.
    I have been a caregiver just twice now, so far.
    It's a sad path to travel.
  28. What is the purpose of the slurry of smashed...

    What is the purpose of the slurry of smashed abrasive particles?
    I thought the water flushed away the swarf so the abrasive cuts cleanly at a predictable grit size.
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    You're welcome. I've read a lot of positive...

    You're welcome. I've read a lot of positive testimonials since I ran across this process, myself.
    There's so little air (oxygen) in the wood that veg oils can't go rancid.

    Plus, the surface wood...
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    Any oil finish wil appear to discolor the wood...

    Any oil finish wil appear to discolor the wood because you are replacing the surface wood air with oil.

    I use top grade olive oil as a finish on carved spoons (70) and forks(30).
    That's because...
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    The edge will be held by enough steel behind it...

    The edge will be held by enough steel behind it for support. Not enough support and the edge will crumple.
    I read that there's a range of suitable bevel angles that found this claim for work in a...
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    I do like the stippled background in #3 (?)....

    I do like the stippled background in #3 (?).
    That is a very rare design element in this day and time.

    Cheese boards are good = they can deliberately slow down a meal and boost the conversation....
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    The scanning electron microscope pictures show...

    The scanning electron microscope pictures show that steels are soft and plastic and shredded at 1,500 grit.
    On my wood carving gouges and adzes, I'll tip the axis up a degree or so at 1,500 then for...
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    Glue. How long have hominims worked with this? ...

    Glue. How long have hominims worked with this?

    https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/06/190626133802.htm
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    Agreed! That's a concise article, thank you. ...

    Agreed! That's a concise article, thank you. Conifer resins and beeswax. Here, there might have been some pounded grass fiber added.

    Top quality (>>$50,000) violins are assembled with as many...
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    Take a look at the end grain with a magnifying...

    Take a look at the end grain with a magnifying glass. The hickories (Carya sp) and the Ashes (Fraxinus sp) are ring porous.
    This provides some of the elastic properties that you would expect in the...
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    That's great! You got the gliding posture just...

    That's great!
    You got the gliding posture just right. Show-off!
    Fresh snow south and east of my place today.
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    Ring up your local chemistry department at...

    Ring up your local chemistry department at college/Uni.
    Ask them where they shop. Fisher? VWR?

    Don't be offended if they go all paranoid on you.
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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...
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    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....
  48. 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...
  49. 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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