Archive for October, 2010

We are excited to introduce to you our new sharpening stone set:

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

1.)  The coarser of the 2 stones is just a little coarser than the one from our past set so you can sharpen, repair, of change the bevel on your tools faster.
2.)  The fine stone is a little finer so you can get to that sharper, polished edge quicker and to a finer edge.
3.)  The 2 stones are longer ( 41/2″ L) and wider (17/8″W) so they can handle larger tools and knife edges with ease.
4.)  We stayed with oil stones because they last for generations.  Water stones dish out from the tool very easily so you must cut the stones flat often.  That seems like a waste of a lot of stone.  With oil stones just add oil and sharpen away.
Sharpening With Stones:
Everyone should know how to sharpen their tools with sharpening stones.  You will know what is required to make perfectly shaped bevels (in the bevel lengths you prefer) because you shape the bevels with your own two hands.  You will see what it takes to make a properly shaped bevel.  Then you continue on until you produce a wire edge, and switch stones to see how to take the wire edge off and produce a polished, razor edge on the tool.  Before you move on to power sharpening you will know all that is required to make a perfectly shaped, razor sharp tool.  This knowledge can only be gotten by hand sharpening with a sharpening stone set first.  We have picked out the perfect stone set to teach you what you will need to know so you can move to power sharpening with full confidence in what is required to make a perfectly shaped, razor sharp tool.
There are other advantages to stone sharpening than learning the dynamics of shape and sharpening.  What if you are someplace that has no power?  You will know what to do.  What if you are going someplace that you just can’t drag your power equipment to?  Just take out the 2 multiform stones we put together for you, and a little oil, and you have no worries:  You can sharpen, repair or reshape a bevel anywhere!

-Associate Woodcarver,

Chuck Rogers (810-229-9478)

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Introduction from Nora Hall

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Hello this is Nora Hall I have been carving wood since 1940, starting in Holland, where my father let me carve simple designs the moment he put tools in my hands.

I was 18 and it was the beginning of WWII. My formal education was interrupted when we moved to a somewhat safer village outside of Amsterdam. My dad had suddenly received a lot of carving orders, private commissions and furniture factory jobs. Hundreds of panels etc. went through our hands to be carved, mostly in oak. The preferable style was Gothic. The patterns were simple and complicated. While I was doing the less involved designs at first, I learned how to handle the tools while producing at the same time. It was fun and rewarding. It also made the five year war a little bit easier because it got our attention away from reality. It was an ideal way for me to learn how to carve professionally plus contribute to the family financially. I was very lucky.

Carving has been my passion all those years since 1940. I have done an enourmous amount of projects, fireplace mantels etc. in this decorative style and have worked with designers and architects in Holland and later in the US, where I immigrated to in 1956.

While working with my father and other carvers, I learned the old method from way back, the way the masters had worked over the centuries. It was professional, efficient, and fast. Every cut was controlled, no guesses, no break outs, and wood splitting with stop or stab cuts. We had to avoid gluing for repairs. It was too time consuming, especially in the old days when you had to melt the glue on a stove in double boilers.

It is this controlled method of carving, by mastering the tools completely, that I teach in my DVDs and classes. With these basics as a foundation, the carving becomes more pleasant and makes it all easier to tackle (or approach) any complicated design.