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LUMBERJACKS BOOT - Cypress Wood

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LUMBERJACKS BOOT - Cypress WoodHad this last bit of Cypress given to me from a wood chip dealer. So I decided to call this boot in his honour, hence Lumberjack. He may even be a Lumberjock!
Cypress is an interesting wood to carve and the coloration and grain is most interesting. It finishes well showing a lot of colour and grain. It is quite sappy so the carving and shaping is a challenge. Carving bits and sandpaper tend to clog up quickly.
Just got the project finished in time before the snowstorm hit. Got into the house from my carving studio and was welcomed with a two fingered shot of Scotch from my wife. Bless her!Enjoy!
Carving will be postponed for a few days to let the storm pass over. My Scotch supply is adequate!



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Goodell Mfg. miter box

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Goodell Mfg. miter boxFinished at last! I expected this restoration to take a couple of days, it took nearly a month. As I disassembled it and took photos as I went, I thought I would never get all the pieces back together. By the time it was finished I could assemble it blindfolded.This a Goodell Manufacturing Co. miter box; it was manufactured on the 1904 patent, and was shown in this configuration in a 1912 advertisement in Western New England Magazine .This is one of the tools I received from the neighbor (thanks, again). It was a bit rusty, caked with grease and grime, etc. Each part was cleaned with Krud Kutter, the rust slowly removed with vinegar and/or a brass brush and white Scotchbrite pad. Several burred screw heads were peened and reshaped. The paint was removed , the steel degreased and sprayed with DuraColor semi-gloss High Temperature Engine Enamel, matching the original. Overall, it was a series of slow processes, in an effort to get it right. Some of the parts, and especially the platens, were blasted with fine walnut shell medium; the platens took a loooong time.Frankly, I found the most difficult part to be painting the orange line around the base! The only paint I could find that matched was Chevy Engine Orange, and it was acrylic, which made getting an eve coat difficult.This tool is in remarkable condition; only 2 pieces were missing. The stop on the right (with the orange tip) was replaced with one made from 1/4 steel stock. The other item is the rear depth stop that holds the saw above its normal track in order to make a partial depth cut. I will make a replacement when I can locate some 1/16 steel; that will take some time.Once finished, the saw installed and adjusted, it cuts like a dream ! I may use it tomorrow on half lap joints for the gate for a trash can enclosure.



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Graduation Gifts, ahead of schedule

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Graduation Gifts, ahead of scheduleWife and I discussed me making pens for all the nieces and nephews. There will be a total of eight needed over the years. I have two nephews graduating this coming year. We really like those wood tones with bluish acrylics. So I asked, Eugene Soto, to make me a dozen Mutt blanks.These are two of them. We decided however to make all the boys this kind with the Jr. Gent, Rhodium. But we'll make the girls Zen pens with Diamond Cast. I'll just work on them over the next year. Just in case something happens to me… they will all get a pen for graduation.



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