|Nice, panoramic shot!|
We began with a show and tell session which was pretty light this time. Let me encourage you all to bring your latest work or discovery to the meetings. Just a short (5 minutes or less) presentation to share with the others is great.
Bringing in this frame for a show and tell in Dennis's shop was a risk seeing how he holds the position of "esteemed woodcarver" in our group but I thought I'd take a chance anyway! This is a frame I carved for one of Diane's latest paintings. The corners feature carved fig leaves which were inspired by a fig tree we walk by on our doggie walks. I used an actual leaf as a pattern. The frame molding is about 4" wide and made of Basswood. This was my first frame where I used a variegated gold leaf for the finish and we thought it complements the painting nicely.
Our main presentation was next and Dennis was ready to show us his techniques for sharpening carving chisels and gouges. Here is his collection of oil stones and slip stones that he uses to get his tools razor sharp. If you've even taken a class from or seen any of his demonstrations you know the edge on his tools is a sharp as it's going to get! There just isn't any substitute for a sharp tool no matter what phase of woodworking you're doing --- period.
|Slip Stones and Oil Stones|
LINK to their online listing of it. You'll notice there are a couple of different ways to buy it from them. I'm among many of his students that purchased this system after taking a class from him. It did cause an interesting discussion on grinder use. The normal rotation of a grinder has the top of the wheel coming down towards you. Whatever you're grinding is put towards the top of the wheel and the tool rest supports it to prevent it from kicking back at you. That's how the wheel at the left of this picture works. However; if you use the cardboard wheel on the right that way, the edge of your tool will catch and definitely come flying back at you much faster than you'd ever hope to get out of the way!
|V-Chisel or Parting Tool|
Lupe uploaded a short video on YouTube so you can see some of his techniques in action! If you've never checked these out, she has uploaded a series of video and you can subscribe to that particular channel to see all of them if you'd like. Here is the LINK to that channel and the video.
Lupe took a whole lot of pictures which I'll put here at the bottom of this blog. They show the floors and ceilings whose patterns, incidentally match one and other. Also various pictures of the mill work, doors, and furniture that he has built over the years.
Enjoy and see you next month -- John