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#1 posted 11-25-2013 05:46 PM

(edit – Ha! we posted the same thing but you posted while I was typing!!)

I think it would be worth trying. They were used like a skew, riding the bevel on top of the turning. The turners used a smaller version as a parting tool, cutting straight in but on an angle making a V shaped cut, just like parting with a skew. The cutting edge was an acute angle, more like a carving knife, and sharpened on both sides.

They mentioned sanding the pieces but it looked to me like they took them straight off the lathe to finishing. The dolls are given 3 coats of a potato paste primer over several days then painted by hand. Finally they are finished with shellac which is applied with bare hands. The episode can be seen on Amazon Prime but it’s not free.

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