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  1. I found I liked my gouges and chisels ground to a totally non-standard angle, I am not very tall and my bench is not a standard height, if you are a standard height and have a bench that is a standard height, then standard angles will work for you, so go with a system. I go freehand. A light vertically shining on the stone is essential as you should be using the shadow under the cutting edge to guide you. You will feel the bevel engage with the stone, then gently smooth off the metal until the shadow under the blade disappears. A ruby stone and a rubber-disk in a bench grinder loaded with chrome autopolish is the best system, but the best sharpener by far is an ordinary belt sander with a slip stone to maintain the edge
  2. Insuring your stuff against theft and damage is a really good idea but although you might think it is usually the responsibility of the exhibitor, so your responsibility on your stall in a craft show, the shop owners in a gallery, etc, this isn't always the case and you should always check, one guy on a different forum lent some miniatures that had literally taken years to build to an international company for a major showcase and they were stolen when everyone was packing up, no-one had valued them, and an apology doesn't really cut it....
  3. If you think the timber should still be ok, I'll go have a chat with the landowner and see what he says. The ground conditions are really difficult, did I mention its at the top of a 20m river bank ?
  4. There is a medium size oak tree in the middle of an un-managed copse near me that was blown down in winter storms about 18 months ago. I do not know if the tree was diseased or just hit hard by the storms. Access is difficult, over 100 yards from the nearest road, crossing two fences and navigating a steep slope. Is it worth even taking a saw down there to see what condition the timber is in? If it is a worthwhile exercise would it be best to rough-out carvings on site to reduce weight or haul out the timber in round wood logs?
  5. Really like the Viking prow, wish I had time to get to the chainsaw, but really busy with work (not complaining about that) and family. Still plugging away at the crossbow though - take the bits and pieces to work to carve in my breaks - its a lot easier to carve a small panel than crank up the makita
  6. Water - just wipe with a damp rag
  7. Depends on what you find acceptable, I personally switch to a scraper at this point, but many will tell you to go to 400 and some will suggest 600. Hopefully you are damping the wood to raise the grain - sounds counter-intuitive but actually speeds the process up
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    Got to be honest, all my longbow staves are about that size and all are split lengthwise into staves, any not sealed developed shakes; now I seal everything.
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    Bitumen?! That's genius !
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    I use pva to seal timber but remember to paint your seal a few inches up each end of the log, not just the exposed timber. Apply it with your hands and really slather the stuff on - no brush to clean up and it ensures you put the glue on thicker than if you spread it with a brush - its tempting to spread it a bit too thin with a brush. I'd be glad to trade you something carved for some of the timber, I'm near Cardiff, PM me if your interested.
  11. I usually prefer a wax as a simple, easily repaired finish - rub the wax (bees-wax or paraffin wax) all over the carving then heat it til it melts and 'flows' (I usually hold it above a low flame on the gas hob but a hair-dryer will do, or a hot-air gun), then buff it to get a nice medium-shine - biggest single advantage is no drying time.
  12. Been building a replica medieval crossbow, trying to be as authentic as I can with the materials, so, bone, carved antler, and horn inlays in an apple stock with a yew and sinew bow. Its not far off being shoot-able, but I have a fair way to go with the decoration - anyone got a large fallow antler they can donate to the cause?
  13. yeah, fair do, better fuel up my 'saw, not had chance to do any chain-sawing, been a bit distracted with other projects recently
  14. Things seem to have been a bit quiet here recently, looking forward to a rush of Christmas carvings, hopefully (hint!) ;-D


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