• From Tyler Black on Antique Finishing Techniques

    Hi Mary,
    I'm curious to what type of cloth you used. In the past I've tried to apply stain using cloth that's made for staining and supposed to be lint free and it left lint, especially on some "fuzzy" areas. Also I heard cheese cloth is a good way to stain and but again it left lint. I imagine you don't have as many, or any fuzzy areas, but have you ever experienced lint being left? What type of cloth do you use because your pieces look great, and that finish on the women is amazing. What a spectacular bust.

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    2023/12/04 at 5:46 pm
    • From MaryMay on Antique Finishing Techniques

      Hello Tyler,
      Thank you! I have discovered that whether lint is left or not, if you buff it with a cloth afterwards, any tiny bits of lint are removed. Also if you put a light coating of wax, that can help give it a nice sheen, and the process of rubbing the wax also removes lint. This may not be the "traditional" way of doing this, but it works!

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      2023/12/06 at 5:34 am
  • From Kent Olson on Carving a Grinling Gibbons Acanthus Leaf - Episode 1

    Thank you, Mary. Part 1 was very good. I finally finished it. I look forward to watching the rest. Kent

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    2023/11/11 at 10:33 pm
  • From JOE LAMBERT on Carving a Grinling Gibbons Acanthus Leaf - Episode 1

    It appears as though the third episode of this carving is a repeat of the second episode. The beginning at least is the same as the second episode. Is it meant to be that way or is this a mistake? If it is not meant to be that way then the link to the third video is wrong

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    2023/11/05 at 9:53 am
  • From stéphane bergeron on Livestream #9 - Q&A

    Again…tools I forgot. Besides Schaff (wich were copied on a set of Pfeil tools,) you’ll find them under others names too : Yellow Hammer and Wincklesteel. Good steel, not pricey, but a lot a job to do on the grinder… There is also another brand mande in Ukraine that I haven’t tried : Beavercraft. It would be great to hear about them… Finally, there is a company in Czech Republic who do well apparently. Their name is Narex. Unfortunately, I’ve only tried their flat chisels, not their new gouges. Someone did ? Thanks

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    2023/10/22 at 12:16 am
    • From MaryMay on Livestream #9 - Q&A

      Hello Stephane,
      Wow, thank you, thank you, thank you for all that information! There were names you listed that I have never heard of. I'm going to print out your comment and save the information. Great information for anyone looking for tools. Contact me if you want to set up a class in Canada! I would love to do that.

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      2023/12/06 at 5:42 am
  • From stéphane bergeron on Livestream #9 - Q&A

    About tools… First of all, I’m a French Canadian, so my english is far from perfect, I do apologized for that. I’ve made a lot of research about carving tools recently. So let’s begin with the german tools : Hirsch, Dastra and Two Cherries ( Kirschen) are now made by Schmitt in Remscheid, Germany. I bought some of them and the only difference I’ve been able to notice is the brand stickers. Hirsch are sold by Lee Valley in very few shapes and width. Two Cherries and Dastra are almost only sold in North America by Diefenbacher in California. ( Diefenbacher replaced Mittermayer, NY) Yes, Chippinaway in Canada sell Two Cherries but they have very few model. Yes Mary, Lamp Brand is german as well as Henkel, Paffo, Heindtmann, and Solingen. Now the french ones : Auriou. I don’t know if it’s still the case, buy they seem to have a lot of difficulty to make them available. Is it always the case ? I know that Lie Nielsen flushed them because of those issues. Now, let’s talk about Henry Taylor (Sold by Lee Valley) the problem is that here in America they do not offer all the sweep they offer in UK. You’ll found any HT number 2,4,6,8 gouges at Lee Valley. I don’t know why ?! Ashley Iles seem to be really good tools but unavailable here in Canada. Not so common in US I guess ?
    We still found very good antique english tools on the market. Yes, there is Addis, but I would also name : Sorby, Mathieson, Preston, Melmuish, Ibbotson, Dodge, Herring, Buck Bros, Marples ( the old ones only) Hill, Tiranti, Ward & Payne, Howarth, Spears & Jackson, and more. I wish one day you’ll come teaching here in Canada ! Great livestream by the way !

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    2023/10/21 at 11:47 pm
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