Tales of A Wood-Worker’s Tools
Just a short-sort of a blog//story this morning to get the wood-chips in my arteries flowing again with stimulus from my imagination. Ah yes, that wonder-full word called imagination that in reality becomes the igniter of all that speaks art.
To any who refuse to use ‘imagination’ in their wood-working pro-vision, en-vision of contrived design….well, why bother; so lets start creating a story of wood-working tales.
Since I’m supposed to be gaining on this thing I started back….when, concerning a countertop and Mexican sink, which in turn went on to tung oil….
....and then//now shellac….
....some time has passed. I in turn said that I would write some on ‘shellac’ and the deep mysteries of this golden amber nectar of the gods. So if your ready and reading, lets go and get this thing started….
....in doing a word-wood piece such as this, one needs to have a handle on the tools they will be using and so I all-ways after using imagination as my first tool….proceed on to wood. In this case I’m using a slab of maple that I chainsaw milled at the start of summer and is now sitting and waiting for some attention. Rock maple slab, 40’’-42’’ wide x 4’’ thick x 7’-8’ long with some spalting and yes this is an expensive piece of wood that I’m using for a ‘finish test’ of shellac, but then if your not testing your finishes….how will one ever learn. Come to think of it, I hope there’s none here who actually think one learns from books or by asking other’s….unless of course that one all-ways wants to just be a follower. What I’m talking about is being the master of your own wood-working destiny….
....next one will need some paper, pencil and a knowledge of the wood they’re working with and although I’m showing an excellent book here, no-thing beats getting out into the woods and gaining//acquiring first hand knowledge….
....just some hand tools for working the wood….
....bark de-spudder and a hand-made home-made slick for shedding some bark….
....more in the way of broadax’s and a finish slick for cleaning up. How one can work wood without these I’ll never understand….and yes, the broadax also works very good as a hand plane….
....one dust brush, one hand block sander and one piece of sugar maple wood….
....can on the left is a wash mixture for the brushes with an-other dust brush on top, can on the right is orange//amber shellac with one brush ready to spread a finish….
....more mixtures and tints….
....what a work-horse of a brush….
....if one is going to master at finishing their own wood, then one needs a basic finish tool box of the dark arts….
....and then there’s all-ways the need to feed my-self with some protein-tool….
And yes, there is more to come….
’’....work smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood....’‘
-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/