19 Jun 19
the Icon Book & Paper Group blog

By Nikki Tomkins and Jess Hyslop It is often said that a bad craftsman blames his tools, but it is also true that a good craftsman with the right tools will do good work. All too often, newly graduated conservators find themselves in practical work and realise that their tools aren’t quite cut out for […]

27 May 19
Jende Industries Blog

The Jende Nanocloth Ultra Strop has made another appearance on Sharpco Knives’ youtube channel. This time it features the 210x70mm full sized 0.10 micron strop loaded with the Tormek PA-70 paste. The video goes through a dulling session of a no-name knife by cutting a bunch of cardboard. He then loads and uses the strop […]

26 May 19
Throat Cancer Experience

Progress is so slow when you want things to move forward to so much faster than it wants to. Changes are slight and do nothing to confirm that things are improving, I feel like things are standing still. Yet each day I am able to do a little something which I was not able to […]

20 May 19
Adventures in Turning

The past couple of weeks have been quite exciting for me. I have some new and new to me power tools, some new to me turning chisels, and got some turning done at the weekend. I now have a decent bandsaw for cutting up blanks, and other timber. I also have a Tormek sharpening system, […]

19 Apr 19
Phil Holtan Woodturning

You’ve been there. You need to make a move, literally or figuratively, because of the people you love. And we did, really move, from the shop and house and lake in Perham to Eagan, just south of St. Paul in the Twin Cities. Our family is here, kids and grandkids, and the airport for the […]

25 Mar 19
Trade Chat

The Tormek T8 Water-Cooled Grinder/Sharpener is the most advanced water-cooled sharpening machine available. The Swedish-made system enables you to sharpen your tools to the finest of edges. The Tormek T-8 maximises precision thanks to the revolutionary fully-casted housing, which guarantees minimal play for the Universal support. Tormek’s unique drive system is efficient and manages to hold a constant speed, […]

09 Dec 18
Over the Wireless

Writing about sharpening has always felt pretty redundant to me, simply because everything that needs to be written about how to sharpen has already been written – read “The Perfect Edge” by Ron Hock, the “Sharpen This” series by Chris Schwarz, and then get back to making your nicely sharpened edge tools blunt again (that’s […]

13 Oct 18
Woodshed In The Stowe

I wanted a lathe that would allow me to progress into more complicated work and which would allow me to eventually work on larger pieces of wood. I wasn’t particularly interested in long spindle work; table legs, stair bannisters and baseball bats etc. But I did want something with enough grunt to turn a 12-15 […]

15 Aug 18
MVFlaim Furnituremaker

A couple of weekends ago, I went on the World’s Longest Yard Sale on US 127 looking for old tools and other things to sell. Sunday, I ran across a guy selling junk just north of Cincinnati and saw this plane on a table. The guy told me that his prices were negotiable so I […]

13 Jul 18

This knife jig is developed especially for long and flexible knives, e.g. filleting knives. Its broad clamping area, 140mm (5.1/2″), stabilises a thin blade but is also suitable to use for knives with longer blades, from 160mm (6.1/4″). Made especially for long and thin knives Gives support to long and thin blades Larger width, 140mm […]

13 Jul 18

A cluster of genuine diamonds is mounted in a holder and used to dress or open the grindstone when the stone becomes grooved or glazed. It takes only a few seconds to set up and can really improve the performance of the wheel. Dual knob screw permits an easily controlled feed across the stone for […]

23 Apr 18
The Dutch Luthier

Last Saturday I attended the “demo-day” at Baptist Toolshop in Arnhem. They invited three other woodworkers and toolmakers like Tormek, Record Power and Mafell to show their goods and innovations… My neighbour was bowyer Simon van der Heijden, who makes long-and horsebows in various woods and materials… My other neighbor was graphic artist Titia Sibson, […]