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Hi Ralph, The fact that your chisels haven't chipped could be due to a number of factors, from the wood you work with, the bevel angle of the chisels, the quality of the tempering, to the way you work with your chisels. You can pare and chop with Japanese chisels all day long, but you really don't want to pry with them. If you teach, then I'm guessing you know how to handle a chisel! The brands you mention are really good examples of high-quality, moderately priced tools, and it sounds like you've had good luck with them so far.
Is fine furniture a form of art?
Some pieces are, I guess.
Art is a dodgy label and should be used sparingly.
Just because someone is a good artisan, doesn't mean their work automatically qualifies as art.
I'm not sure what Plato's take on this might be. As I remember, he didn't think much of poets, but he did respect craftsmen.
I've had students with new japanese chisels have this issue with brittle metal at the tips but with my Matsamura, Fujihiro, and Masashige chisels I've never had the tip chip off. Do these blacksmiths remove that brittle steel or have I just been fortunate that I haven't experienced it?
Hi Mike, Thanks for the informative info on your Japanese chisels. Particularly useful - that initially to expect poor edge durability, until you get it ground down a bit.
I remember some old Knots posts complaining about 'poor quality Japanese chisels' that never had the initial edge durability question answered... Now it is.. Thanks again!
Now I'll be trying one or two..
Go on a lumber run with Matt Kenney and he'll show you how he reads a stack of lumber to help him find the perfect board
Fast, fun approach to making a comfortable, casual seat
In this video Michael finishes the first of the three boxes. Gluing-up, planing, sanding and finishing bring a new piece of art to the world.
In this video Michael starts work on the second box, a carved and painted Saddle lid box.
Michael begins carving the saddle lid box with his ripple pattern along the top. Then turns to his 5/30 gouge to texture the sides of the box. This isn't work…
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