Steinfass ( Stone Holder)

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Project by Roger Strautman posted 02-23-2014 12:09 PM 2629 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked if I could make a Steinfass. My first questions were what is a Steinfass and how many? Steinfass means stone holder. This is a traditional tool used by farmers to hold the whetstone used to sharpen their scythes. I made this from select northern basswood and is 12 1/2” tall, 2 3/4” wide at the flat area at the top and has a 2 1/8” x 4 3/4” deep opening in the top. There is a keyhole in the back to hang on a wall for decoration. Oh yea I also chip carved this one to give it some decoration.

How I made this was a real adventure. I took a 3” x 3” x 14” basswood blank and cut it to an octagon but left two flat planes longer, for the keyhole. I then mounted it in a lathe chuck and drilled the 2 1/8” end hole in lt 1” deep only. I left the drill bit in place this then acted as the dead center on the end. I then turned the piece to the profile except for the narrow end. I finished drilling the end hole and then turned the narrow end off. Be aware, basswood can be a real challenge to turn without the wood tearing. I made these out of basswood so they could be chip carved.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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#1 posted 02-23-2014 12:24 PM

extraordinary as always.

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#2 posted 02-23-2014 12:26 PM

You learn something new everyday . Great Job

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#3 posted 02-23-2014 12:47 PM

Thanks for sharing, Roger.

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#4 posted 02-23-2014 07:07 PM

Beautiful wooden vase, I take it that since very few people use a scythe anymore, they just use the
once utilitarian whetstone holder as a name for ornamentally carved objects that sort of resemble the
whetstone holders, I am just curious because the only picture I could find of an old stienfass was a two
piece holder that had been hollowed out using a gouge and a hook knife. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 82 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 02-23-2014 07:17 PM

Roger: A great utilitarian tool holder.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 02-23-2014 10:02 PM

I don’t know much about this steinfass short of it held a sharpening stone. I am guessing that the stone looked something like the picture I posted.

-- " All Things At First Appear Difficult"

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