Ahh, the best laid plans.....
I originally planned to do some more Kanna (Japanese carpentry wood plane) rehab and maybe polish up some chisels.....
|Evil hawthorn branch = good tool handles?|
Then, OMG! the workbench looks like crap! Let the diversions begin!
|Mess? What do you mean?|
This is what the rest of the shop looks like. I wonder why my wife refuses to set foot in the basement? And while Dad works in the shop......
|"What are you doing upstairs,Dad?"-Eliana Sabina Bellinger-Thomas|
OK, back to the branch, but now I need to sharpen the hatchet and so we come to the focus of the day. Sharpening things on rocks. Toishi is the Japanese word for sharpening stone but these are definitely not nice waterstones. I started collecting natural stones out of curiosity................. wait, let me backtrack a bit. As soon as you get interested in Japanese tools and how sharp they can get...well, then you got to learn how to sharpen the dang things. I mean, seriously sharpen, like working towards your masters in sharpening stuff. I thought that I was pretty good at getting a bleeding edge before, but this stuff gets just ridiculously, wicked sharp.
Carpentry, like everything else here in the US, is focused on getting the most, biggest, fastest.......whatever, just get it done. Sharpening tools is seen as a necessary evil that gets in the way of real work and is just a distraction from more important things. I once read a comment on woodworking forum by a guy who, rather than sharpen a chisel, just threw it in the trash and bought a new (sharp) one, because it was cheaper in a $/hr sense. I am going to believe that he was speaking facetiously because to think otherwise makes me sick to my stomach, even though you see this level of waste every day working in the trades. I need to stop now, otherwise we will never see the end of this day..........
So, I am learning to sharpen tools.
|File hatchet, not foot!|
|Ugh! Nice rock!|
|Use funny rock with holes to make other rock flat|
|Nice and shiny wire-edge|
|A snake's worst day ever|
|Ohh, your hands are so warm!|
|"Hi snaky snake"|
|Sharpen until the wire-edge comes off|
|Different rock, same hatchet, same bad camera|
How about some nicer tools?
|Slip-stone made from slate|
|Not bad. Not great, but not bad.|
|More slate, even better edge 8/10|
|Ellie demonstrating proper form on some really tough Doug fir. Atta girl!|