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07-28-2018 01:26 AM

New Gouge - Questionable Edge - 16 replies

08-01-2017 11:59 AM

Question About Ashley Iles - 8 replies

I recently purchased a V gouge and a small #5 gouge from an Ashley Iles seller. These are the first carving tools I’ve ever purchased, so I’m not quite sure what’s normal, but a couple things seemed odd to me. 1. The two tools arrived with the ends dipped in thick wax. It looked like the same wax used to seal green wood. Ma...

07-17-2017 03:12 PM

Anyone in the Smokey Mountain Area? - 2 replies

I’m looking for some paulownia slabs and have read how invasive they’ve been around the Smokey mountains. I’m hoping this could lead me to getting a fair number of full logs and/or slabs easily, as people may be cutting these down just to remove them. Any thoughts or info would be appreciated!

06-25-2017 12:33 AM

Japanese Cherry Blossom - 0 replies

The wife and I were married in the Japanese Gardens at the St Louis Botanical Garden. Thus far, we’ve been pretty good about keeping to the “traditional” wedding anniversary material. We’re at our 5th anniversary, which is wood. As we were married in the Japanese Gardens, the first wood that comes to mind is Japanese C...

04-09-2017 02:47 AM

Need Some Expertise and/or Tips and Tricks - Stabilizing Wood - 4 replies

As the pictures show, I have some gorgeous wild olive wood in desperate need of stabilization before it can be used. The 3rd picture (darker color) is a thin piece I’ve soaked in minwax wood hardener. The results were less than inspiring, as the wood is still quite soft and flexible. Please help me give this beautiful wood a chance ...


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