Using Oil Stones Again, Water Stones Now Stowed Away Ollie gave an excellent review of Norton Water Stones and I posted most of the comments below at that review. I think perhaps it was a bit out of place there and offer my apologies to Ollie....
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Location: Bartonville, IL
Adding a mid-summer 2010 update to the profile.
An unexpected surgery has brought woodworking to a halt. Projects I start require using hand planes to mill the lumber and I won’t be able to do that till late fall. My wife and I have always tried to turn what ever adversity hits us into some kind of benefit. In this case it is taking on something I never expected to try, hand carving.
As soon as I got started at this my wife thought she would like to give it a try. We have started off with witling knives carving some simple figures as practice. We have also just purchased some carving chisels and begun some simple exercises to establish some foundation skills.
Though early results are not to professional looking, we are encouraged by the results. Our goal is to do some artistic relief carvings for decoration and also incorporate relief carving into some of the furniture we will make. At the very least we are getting an excellent lesson in wood grain as we await being able to re-launch some unfinished work.
When woodworking restarts we will still use power tools and plywood for utility furniture to be used in making our wine and beer. All furniture made for the living, as opposed to the working, portion of the house will be made with hand tools.
The driving purpose behind our hand tool use is the satisfaction achieved in doing the work, a finished piece of furniture is arrived at more as a consequence than as a goal.
-- There's no such thing as mistakes, just design changes.
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