Shop brush?

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Project by Roger Strautman posted 03-03-2007 01:10 PM 3148 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think that most of us woodworkers have a shop brush but is it a personalized shop brush? This shop brush that I bought from Wayne Barton is by far best brush I have ever used. The handle is made of basswood so I could carve my initials in it. More or less, keep your hands off! LOL. The bristles are made from some kind of hair but it’s the way the bristles come out the end that makes this brush nice to get in those corners that we all have. I looked it up on Wayne’s web and he doesn’t show it offered but you could email to see if he knows where you can get one. Sorry about all this chip carving stuff but as you can see by my projects most of what I have to offer to you lumberjocks is decorating what you make.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#1 posted 03-03-2007 02:18 PM

I read the write-up before taking a good look at the photos. When i did look at the photos I had to laugh. Reading “carve my initials in it” I pictured hand-etched, rough, letters … how silly of me! This is a lumberjock and this is CarverRog—of course it wouldn’t just be some simple letters.
Every time I think of putting my initials on something I’ll be thinking of this brush. How can I just write “dp” ever again????

And so do you USE the brush? This looks like too much of a piece of art to be getting it dirty!!!

Summing all this up: this is beautiful and I really love how you put your intials on it. Wonderful and inspirational.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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Roger Strautman

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#2 posted 03-03-2007 02:27 PM

MsDebbieP, good question. After I had this done I didn’t want to use it because I believe the brush alone was $40. I just sat there looking good on the shelf 2 years. LOL. I finally said if I don’t use it I won’t know how it really works. It’s one of those pieces that some day my boy will want to have for himself, I hope?

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#3 posted 03-03-2007 03:02 PM

Have you ever taken any classes with Wayne? Or do you use his chip carving knives?

What are your thoughts on the angle needed for his chip knife? I read recently that the chip knife should be held flat on the stone and the edge should have almost no perceptible bezel. But most everyone else says to give it a 5 degree (on each side) bezel for a total of 10 degrees.

It looks like you might have done one or two chip carvings in your day… hehe… What are your thoughts and practices?

(Oh, and I really never thought I’d hear myself say this, but, “Great shop brush, Roger!”)

-- Ethan,

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#4 posted 03-03-2007 04:21 PM

Ethan, I agree. “Nice brush” is kind of like saying “That sure is a pretty tool.” Sounds weird. I had a pair of “Cute” channel locks once. They were about 3 1/2” long. Cute little tool. LOL

Roger, Nice Shop Brush

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 03-03-2007 04:49 PM

Very nice
I bet you never lose track of that brush, because it’s such a treasure. My shop brush is always getting buried under something.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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Mark A. DeCou

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#6 posted 03-03-2007 05:16 PM

now that is a brush that I would want for sure, and I wouldn’t even care if it had my initials in it or not. This is wonderful Roger.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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Roger Strautman

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#7 posted 03-03-2007 05:20 PM

Ethan, I have taken 2 classes with Wayne and both were very helpful to get me started in the right direction. Wayne is a traditionalist and teaches what he learned in Brienz Switzerland. They teach to old ways of carving. The degrees you are talking about work very well with his knife that he promotes and there isn’t anything wrong with his knife, I started with his knife. The knife I use now is and John Dunkle which is a thinner blade and 3 degrees is about all it has on it. The knife needs to look like a wedge or a straight plane from the back of the blade to the cutting edge. The key to a chip carving knife is that you don’t want a second bevel edge and that is why I strop with the blade dead flat on the leather. . The key to all chip carving knives is a superior sharp cutting edge. Yellowstone abrasive with and leather strop is all I use to keep my edge good and sharp and even then I might only hone once every 3 or 4 hours. If you have never attempted chip carving I would start with Wayne’s knife and only work with basswood or butternut. Wayne’s knife can take a little abuse and not break from the newbs prying out chips and basswood and butternut is soft enough that the newb can make cuts in one pass of the knife. The quickest way to loose interest in chip carving is to be using a dull knife that to 99.9% of the world is very sharp. Any other questions give me a shout.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#8 posted 03-03-2007 06:41 PM

What next gold inlay on the push stick for your table saw? That is some brush!

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#9 posted 03-03-2007 09:03 PM

If that is your shop brush, I’d love to see your hair brush.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#10 posted 03-03-2007 10:57 PM

I’m just starting to try my hand at carving (in fact I have about 4 bandaids on as I type this!) and it’s this type of work I find inspirational – Thanks for posting it!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#11 posted 03-04-2007 05:42 PM

I’m beginning to think there isn’t one blank piece of wood left in your house. (Or won’t be soon enough) Just one great textural treat for the eyes.

I’m with Mark, I’d love to have this brush. People would stare at it for a few min, admiring the design, and may never realize they aren’t my initials on it.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#12 posted 03-04-2007 05:53 PM

You know you’re a Lumberjock when all of the wood pieces in your home have been altered.

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#13 posted 03-04-2007 06:44 PM

Wow, what a great brush. I would not even use that in my shop, as I would be worried about messing it up.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#14 posted 04-17-2007 01:44 AM

Roger, great carving/art in wood. Great job!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#15 posted 04-17-2007 06:58 AM

Sure are some talented LumberJocks around here…

-- John

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