Aftermath pt2 – The Wallet’s Response

I did pick up a few things at the show, being conscious of how much I could get on the plane – I knew I had about 12kg spare!

A friend recently showed me a very stylish case he had sourced for the pens he has started making. I still may get around to getting one as well (purchased from the USA) as his one is real leather.  However while at the show I found one that had a similar look and feel, just not leather.

Pen Case

Pen Case

Better get making more pens!

Better get making more pens!

Stores 24 pens in a zippable case, with an internal soft flap to protect the pens on one side from the other.  Cost was around $25 from Carrolls Woodcraft Supplies. Think it is so new that it isn’t even on their website yet.

I did buy a $6 chainsaw bag – didn’t seem a bad price, and it may mean I will look after the chainsaw a little better!

I wasn’t planning on buying much timber – perhaps a few pen blanks, but the Solomon Ebony looked really interesting, and was a surprisingly good price.  I’ve bought ebony before, and gotten very small pieces that still cost quite a bit, and only ever intended to use them for details in other creations.  Instead these pieces are affordable enough to really use them, rather than conserve them.

Solomon Ebony

Solomon Ebony

From left to right, there are some lengths around 18mm square – a bit thicker than normal, but I got them specifically for pens.  They actually came as 2 lengths, but at around 1.5m long, they were going to be tricky to get onto the plane.  I left my run too late to find a saw as the show was packing up, but I found someone with a running chainsaw who was happy to help pop these in half for me.

The next piece is just a nice lump of timber.  The endgrain of the ebony is stunning, and when I do a writeup of the timber itself, I’ll get you some better photos and details images. Same with the stack of 3.

The ebony darkens up to a near black significantly over time as it oxidises, so these pieces will look remarkably different in a year or two!  (I don’t know how fast they oxidise though).  When I turn a pen, if I do a CA finish it will obviously keep the air away from the timber.  Apparently (when I asked about it), the timber will still oxidise over time, it would just take a lot longer through the CA finish.  The gentleman selling the timber had a pen made from it, and it was a beautiful deep black.

The final piece of timber I know nothing about, other than coming from the Solomons, and its name – Kwila.

Aftermath

I didn’t grab many photos from the show – was a bit preoccupied funnily enough.

The MagSwitch Display

The MagSwitch Display

Saw a lot of that corner of the Carbatec stand!

Some of the timber on offer

Some of the timber on offer

Slabbing with a chainsaw on the Stihl stand

Slabbing with a chainsaw on the Stihl stand

The very large bladed Lucas Mill

The very large bladed Lucas Mill

The final photo is a really interesting upgrade for a planer or thicknesser (if you can afford the price tag)

Spiral Cutter

Spiral Cutter

It is one impressive upgrade however.  One day for my machine perhaps.  The traditional blade layout means they chip away at the surface.  Lots and lots of chips, and if the timber has any tendency to tearout, it will.

Instead, if the blades were in a spiral pattern, it means the angle of attack is a slicing action which will produce a very clean, smooth finish. In addition, and as you can see this cutter head is not made up of 2, 3 or 4 knives, but instead consists of over 60 mini knives of tungsten carbide.  It should, as an aside, make for a much easier dust extraction as there will be a much smaller, finer shaving for the DC to remove.

The beauty of the individual knives is that if you do encounter a nail or similar, or you do so much work that the blades begin to dull, you simply rotate the affected ones through 90 degrees and keep on going.  With 4 cutting edges available on each blade, the original set will really last!

iTunes

FWIW, Stu’s Shed is still in the top 4 woodworking podcasts worldwide on iTunes 🙂

And according to my new map plotter, it now lists 90 countries that have viewed the site – quite incredible that being on the worldwide web (www) actually means being world wide!

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