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Blog entry by Michael Anthony Zelonis posted 12-09-2014 01:19 PM 928 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Carving kit is done, carving blocks cut (not shown), basswood, butternut, and paulonia. now searching for a good beginners carving book.

-- God bless, Michael, Roanoke VA.



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davidroberts

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#1 posted 12-10-2014 04:29 AM

Boy, I’d like to have one of those! Not much of a carver myself, more a butcher, but I find myself looking at carving tools on e by the bay more than I should. I really like the paddle strop. Do you ever use the flesh side? I prefer it for bench chisels and pocket knives, but not sure about carving edges.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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Michael Anthony Zelonis

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#2 posted 12-10-2014 10:23 PM

Hi Dave, Thanks. Had lots of fun with this project, can’t wait to see the facial expressions. I use the shaggy side of the cow, my theory is more area to hold compound, and it gets worked flat over years, and gets very smooth. And I just never thought to use the smooth side! The only thing I use strops for are knives and my mallet gouges.

-- God bless, Michael, Roanoke VA.

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#3 posted 12-11-2014 04:58 AM

Thanks Michael. I’ve used the smooth side lately because I seem to dub the edge more using the rough side. Probably operator error. I bought a couple of thin, hard leather pieces, about 4 sqft each, from the nearby tandy / leather factory store. I’m guessing belly pieces. They have lasted me awhile. On the last two strops I made, I used one inch thick granite slab, about 12”x4” with rubber glue, and clamp down with another piece of granite on top. I apply so much clamping pressure I hear a faint moo! After about 24 hours, I remove the clamps and the leather is now very thin and hard, permanently pressed, I reckon. I’ve use several different honing compounds and pastes over time, mostly green, gold, blue stuff in solid bar form. I now use diamond paste or spray. I really like and highly recommend the Hand American diamond spray. I use the 0.25 and 0.5 micron spray. I give about 10 strokes on the 0.5 micron and a few on the 0.25 as the final polish. I’d say my efforts are overkill, but the edges are very shiny, and sharp. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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