Scraper shaves my way
at the end it’s an iron…
A iron is what it is all about!
So here we are.
A scraper has only a value if it can scrape.
At the end it’s a iron, a iron attached to a comfortable handle, a tool, the stone age man, the cave man, working, working with the wood, trying to do, to do better, better than last! Why? It’s a call, the call of the caveman who painted those wonderful paintings in colors of the earth on the walls in his cave, now refined from the drive of generations man after man.
So how do I make that dam iron shave?
We better start simple, the straight edge.
Grind it at a forty five degree angle, free hand will do.
Here on my wheel, who did invented the wheel…
Or with a file.
Sexy band aid by the way… Yes! Ok, just I tired, reaching for the toothbrush and instead making a full contact with a razor blade… what can I say? I’m human, dam human and a perfect B person.
If another shape you just need to be creative, find something that match the profile.
Here a leg from an old sofa table (call me Mr. recycle).
This is what happens (ok my sketch of it).
1. The straight edge, a piece of steel.
2. Shaping it, 45 degrees here, and this is a good exit point, but not needed on a hand held card scraper since you just adjust the angle (be a child, play use the tools).
3. A hook is created by pushing something harder than the steel against it. No rocket science, just changing the direction by force, by a loving hand that takes the choice of how hard to push, of how big this hook should be.
A big hook is a shave, a close to no hook is a dust maker…
What is important at the end is that you take it step by step.
So what is MaFe saying?
He says that there are no rules, only feelings, so try to feel when it is smooth enough.
Remember to love, to live, woodworking is more than working wood – it’s a choice poetry of the hands.
You getting closer to your potential, you try to reach a higher point.
Zen (what ever this is).
Ok when we have made a good sharp edge all we need is to push us a hook.
So push in the direction of you!
Create a hook simply by pushing an even harder steel against the scarper steel.
This is called a burnisher, the tool I mean.
For a round shape the same.
But also a HSS drill will do the job.
The story ends here!
Ok not quite, since as any magician I have a trick in the sleeve…
But this you will find in the posts soon.
So yes this was the end of this blog, the scarper shave blog – or simply Mads trying to find his caveman, it was a pleasure to me, I was really happy for the journey, it brought me closer to life, to who I am…
I thank you all that followed, and hope it will inspire others to take this travel after me.
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.