|Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino||posted 02-24-2011 06:08 PM||3975 views||15 times favorited||23 comments|
Once upon a time… (1965) I began my lonely track toward amateur woodcarving in Brazil, where I live in. Then I bought a set of imported chisels composed by three Sorsakoski bevel-edged firmer chisels made in Finland. They were simply superb: elegantly shaped, well balanced, accurately machined Swedish steel with an extraordinary 20° cutting edge (the usual is 25°). I fell in love with them and instinctively they became my quality standard for chisels. After having spent the subsequent 45 years trying unsuccessfully to buy additional Sorsakoski chisels (I had not found even a single notice about the Sorsakoski brand), I met at the Web somebody selling four different sizes of the original Sorsakoski chisel blades (no handles). He told me he had found them by scavenging the remains of a bankrupt hardware store and also assured me they were in mint condition. So, I bought the four Sorsakoski chisels as well as two vintage French made Goldenberg chisels (1970’s).
I turned the necessary handles in a hard Brazilian wood called Pau Marfim (Balfourodendron riedelianum) – trying to copy the original Sorsakoski design – by using a mock lathe assembled by my ingenious woodcarving pupil Luiz Flavio R. Gomes (I remind you all that I have no power tools in my 7×6 ft mock workshop). In the sequence, I built a customized toolbox utilizing pieces of the same Pau Marfim for the sides and slender sheets of Rio-Rosewood (Dalbergia Nigra) for the lid and the bottom. I also inserted a delicate rosewood sheet to separate the Sorsakoski’s room from the Goldenberg’s.
Only hand tools were used. The finishing was done with wax.
Dimensions: 12” long x 9” wide x 2” deep
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