|Project by Dilo Marcio Fernandino||posted 11-20-2011 03:18 AM||3646 views||4 times favorited||16 comments|
Brazil and Argentina are neighbor countries in South America. Despite that, Brazilians speak Portuguese while Argentines speak Spanish and the cultural differences between them are so many that Brazilians and Argentines seldom agree on an issue. In spite of having a highly developed steel industry, the Brazilian manufacture of chisels is probably the worst on Earth. They are simply useless. That is why I am always looking for foreign brands of chisels.
Last year I admitted as a carving student Mr. Luiz Flavio Rocha Gomes (please refer to my blog http://lumberjocks.com/dilo/blog/26291) who introduced me to an unknown brand of chisels handmade in Argentina, named “Stassen”. Their blades were pretty well forged, carefully sharpened and so polished that they reminded me of the German brands. Unfortunately, their wood handles looked terrible concerning style and ergonomics.
Recently Luiz Flavio decided to go to Argentina and offered me the opportunity to buy locally the Stassen chisels that I might choose from his Stassen catalog. I accepted his kind offer and requested a selection of seven tiny bent gouges plus a large bent spade shaped gouge, whose exquisite shapes I did not have among my collection of 300 plus chisels and gouges. He brought me back all of them which proved to be razor sharpened. However, their practical usage demonstrated to be quite awkward because of their badly shaped handles.
As a consequence, I resolved that those fine gouges deserved to be improved by replacing their original handles by customized ones which would fit my hand palms. Also, I resolved to ennoble them by making the handles using black Rio Rosewood (Dalbergia nigra) selected from my leftovers, as well as to upgrade the whole set by housing it in a specially built toolbox made of white Pau Marfim (Balfourodendron riedelianum).
So, I designed a “half-pear” shape (flat on the bottom) so that the handle could comfortably fit in my hand palm, but considering that I have no lathe I had to shape each wood blank with a bow saw. Also considering that the Rosewood leftovers were as hard as a stone, I took advantage of this drawback by faceting them with rasps and files as if they were rare gemstones, instead of simply rounding them.
All works were performed on the handles and toolbox with hand tools (saws, planes, rasps, files, chisels, sandpaper). Please, see the upgrading sequence photos.
Dimension of the box: 13” long x 10” wide x 2” deep
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