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#1 posted 02-27-2021 01:06 PM

LOL – Steven; when I got my first “real” carving gouges, I was at a sign show/workshop and a professional sign carver was giving a class on sharpening tools. I bought a Beaver Visible Wheel from him and I thought that was the Cat’s Meow at the time. after that 3 day event, I think I left with half a dozen gouges that were at least 3/4” shorter than when I brought them. he taught me how to put the tool in water beforeeeeeeeeeeee it turns blue.
(he gave me the nickname of “Stubby”). and called me that for years and years later.
sharpening will always be my downfall – I would rather be tied to the public whipping post and given a good lashing than sharpen tools.

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