|Project by greenandwhite_owl||posted 12-17-2015 07:23 PM||933 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
The Polissoir from Rubo’s ““L’Art du Menisier.”
A translation of his description of the tool from it’s original French.
“The polisher, figures 8 & 9, is a sheaf of ordinary grass or straw, about 4 thumbs long, by about 2 thumbs in diameter. This sheaf is bound tightly along its length. Before making use of it, one soaks it in molten wax, which one lets cool, after which one rubs the polish on a piece of wood to smooth it and make it proper to polish the work.
There are polishers of diverse forms and sizes, in order to be able to get into all parts, nooks and crannies.”
I choose to try my hand at this wonderful finishing, wood fiber, tool because, as is the way of things, it is almost Christmas and the hand crosses I am making for family members needed a quick and stable finishing on their Cherry wood. ( Don’t worry those will be posted once I finish the second one.)
To start this build I popped down to my local hardware store and purchased a broomcorn (sorgum) broom. A few dollars, a pair of scissors and some black cotton floss and I created a bundle of straws battened together. Since I am also a spinner of fiber I grabbed some hand spun wool and wrapped the bundle tightly while I set some of my own bee’s wax to boil in a pan of hot water on the stove. Once the wax was melted I dipped the end of the bundle into the wax as if I was dipping a candle. Dip and pull out for a few times before I set it in the wax to soak for 20 minutes.
Thank you for your look at my first project posting here and my introduction to woodworking as I transition from one fiber world to the other.
-- ~Kate - - Fiber is fiber be it wood or wool.