Visit by young cabinet maker apprentice
the art of setting up and sharpening
One of my neighbours here have a young friend who is a cabinet maker apprentice, he has once in a while looked by my shop here and since he was close to his final exam, he called me and asked if I would help him setting up and sharpening some old chisels, so he could go to his exam with a fully functioning set.
He had collected some wonderful old E A Eskilstuna chisels, for some of you known as the shark / now Bacho.
Some were in working order, some were close to trash but that’s only a matter of working harder.
We corrected the shapes first on the anvil, then it was time to flatten the backs and finally establish a new main bevel.
The flattening was done on Japanese water stones by hand and it took him several hours of sweating at the pond.
Once the backs were dead flat, we brought them to the water grinder to correct and establish a new main bevel.
Then it was back to the water stones to hone up a microbevel, here he learned how to use a jig and also tried some free handing.
Then the chisels were returned in his stand and ready to go to his final exam. to hopefully help him pass with some really fine cuts.
The reason one is missing here on the photo is that while he were sharpening, I took it out, broke of the old handle and made him a new one, like this I had a chance to bring a little besides skills.
A wonderful afternoon, so nice to see that all the time I have spend learning, now can be spread in a fine way and even help a young apprentice.
Thank you to all of you LJ’s that have been a part of my woodworking travel.
Hope this can inspire others to spread and share what they have learned,
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.