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phils bison tools - mel's mention

updated tue 1 jan 08


pdp1@EARTHLINK.NET on mon 31 dec 07

Hi Mel,

When I was Throwing, and, of course, Trimming...

I simply set a few initial Clay 'shavings' onto the Wheel's Table area,
and...setting the retinue of Tools there which I would be working with,
nothing ever rolled off...


l v

----- Original Message -----
From: "mel jacobson"

>i had an issue of the tools rolling.
> i lost one...onto concrete.
> so.
> i took the belt sander to one side of the handle...made it flat.
> no more rolling.
> i also added a dowel through one. just drilled a hole
> and inserted a dowel. no rolling.
> and, i like the way that dowel fits inside my hand.
> i just ran out into the studio and duct taped my
> hooks that bison babies are hooked to.
> can't have that nasty nail metal touching them.
> ish, ick...they would cry.
> i know phil must shutter when my tools
> are sent to him for re/finishing. he is a purist.
> and, loves his handles...yes, they are lovely.
> but, i hate rolling bison...buffalo's....they could
> stampede.
> remember, your entire trimming/turning life changes
> with bison tools. they are not for everyone. things
> happen fast...they are sharp...and some folks cannot
> handle them well.
> i use at least 20 different trimming tools...many of them
> hand made. about half are those i made in kyoto...still love
> them for certain jobs. i like the idea of a tool that is shaped
> the exact shape of the cut you want made. in fact...that is a
> full chapter in my book. that perfect cut...the same every time.
> it is a wonderful skill to have. for every pot/design we made in japan,
> we had about 8 shaped tools all the as razors..we would
> sharpen all 8 after lunch (just a bastard file...and use the edge
> of your throwing platform)...and keep on trimming. maybe 300 pots
> a day. you sort of catch on quick.
> mel
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