Another well-written, informative blog post from Joel, at Tools for Working Wood which I purloin with impunity. (This one has color illustrations!) This is a sharpening blog, after all, and I’m always on the lookout for sharpening tips, tricks, gadgets and gear that I agree with and think you should know about. Joel’s latest post is The Mechanics of Stropping – Why Stropping Works. Once again, I agree with him completely — a good analysis of what stropping is all about and how to put it to the best use. Thanks again, Joel, I appreciate your ongoing contributions to our community.
HOCK Scratch Stocks are made from tough, wear-resistant bamboo plywood. We’ve included two spring steel blades, one of which has a quirk-bead shape cut into it, to get you started using your Scratch Stock with no more than final honing. Other shapes are up to your imagination and are cut into the blades with files and slipstones.
The body measures 3/4″ x 1-1/2″ x 4-3/4″, the blue-tempered spring steel blades are .050″ by 3/4 x 1-3/4″
My friend Joel, at Tools for Working Wood, writes a great blog entry or two every week. When one of them is about sharpening, I take full and slothful advantage of his valuable input and link to it from here. This is a sharpening blog, after all, and I’m not above a bit of well-intentioned intellectual piracy. So his recent post (and great title) is In The Belly of The Bevel – Or How To Ineffectively Sharpen Anything. I agree with him completely (I almost always do — he’s really smart). It’s good advice; worthy of your consideration. He promises his next entry will be about strops. I’ll cadge that one, too.
College of the Redwood’s Fine Woodworking Program’s Winter Show is on display now at Fort Bragg’s Town Hall and it is spectacular! Take a look at the comprehensive gallery of the work here. They’ve recently built a Facebook page, too.
Sorry, I’ve been asked by the very nice person at DaveBarry.com to remove the column that I had reprinted here. Mr. Barry’s assistant wrote, “Thanks for writing, but we don’t give anyone permission to post Dave’s columns online. Sorry!”
It’s a hilarious column however and if you google “”How to Make a Board” by Dave Barry” you just may find it out there somewhere.