Through Cyber Monday all items in the Full Chisel Store will be for sale. Order before Monday night at Midnight and I will read the orders first thing Tuesday morning!
Peruse the Full Chisel Stores various departments including Tools, Ingredients, etc., Spinning Wheel Parts and more!
Did you know I now sell Iron Gall Ink?
And Sympathetic Ink?
All of this is for sale at the Full Chisel Store, enjoy.
Right on time for mailing next week as planned. I am very happy with how it looks. Order here.
My friend and Master woodcarver and turner Richard McDonald picked this wheel up at a local flea market. It is in excellent condition and appears to have never been finished, it is ‘in the white’.
All that was missing was the distaff and the pitman (footman) needed to be replaced. I designed the new distaff and pitman from turning details on the original, Richard turned the pieces and I assembled the parts.
I got very little spring back or recovery from the bent dowels.
The ribs are 1/8″ diameter birch dowels, the rest of the wheel is also made of birch. I made a bending jig, boiled the 5 dowels, hoping to get 4 good ones in boiling water for 20 minutes, clamped them to the jig and carefully and quickly bent them to shape. I allowed them to dry overnight and as expected I had one failure, but the four turned out fine.
I drilled 1/8″ holes in the distaff at the proper angles and spring the ribs into position. I will glue them in place with hide glue.
No finish on this piece, still have the pitman to finish. This wheel will be for sale when it is completed.
I have received several requests for the dry powdered pigments I use and having mentioned them in my forth coming book, I decided to offer them for sale as a set.
Black Iron Oxide, Red Iron Oxide, Yellow Ocher, Burnt Umber, & Zinc White.
These are the traditional pigments from the nineteenth century and earlier, zinc oxide is substituted for white lead, as some people won’t allow the sale of lead for some reason.
All natural earth pigments ground 900 fine, they are non-fugative and will not fade. They are compatable with any medium: linseed oil and turpentine, shellac or spirit based varnish, oil based varnish [to make enamel], and water based finishes such as gum arabic or for distemper [hide glue size], etc.
Five one ounce (by weight) glass jars with metal lids, they are available here.
I am offering a pre-publication sale on the Spinning Wheel Repair Book which is going to the press soon. I will be delivering these by the first week of December 2014.
Here is a mock up of the cover, color being added as we speak, original artwork by Tim Burnham.
For the first 25 orders I will include an 8.5″ by 11″ hand impressed copy of the hand set title page by Lauri Taylor of Loose Cannon Press, along with your order.
The book is 8.5″ by 11″, 77 pages with 160 illustrations and 25 photographs.
The book can be ordered here at the Full Chisel Store, the price is $20.00 plus $6.00 domestic shipping. International shipping charges apply. The book will be shipped by early December, 2014.
Thanks to all of those who helped with this publication.
First of all I want to let everyone know everything is fine here, because I haven’t posted recently I have been receiving a lot of inquiries. I have been busy finishing up my next book on Spinning Wheel Repair.
Here is a mock up of the hand set type title page, still in need some adjustment, it is being done by a friend. The forward was written by a friend. I am having the cover art finished up by another friend and one more technical part being done by another friend, thank goodness for friends.
The book will be out in time for the holidays, but I am thinking of taking orders earlier.
This is a wheel that a friend found at the dump and gave it to me to restore.
The wheel will eventually be for sale, it is on the back burner, as other jobs are in the queue first. Here is a photograph from Southern Antiques and Folkart by Robert Morton showing a tin distaff cup.
I asked master blacksmith and tinsmith Brian Westover to make one for my wheel and also some for sale.
Here is what it looks like on the lower part of the yet unfinished distaff, a small peg slides out under the distaff to hold it in place.
I will work on it when I get some free time between other projects.
You can order a distaff cup here.
Based on an old recipe (c 1804) this is real soap [not a detergent bar] and contains NO modern ingredients, phosphates, or petroleum distillates. After trying a couple of recipes, the lard and castor oil example was excellent and did not dry out my hands using it over the winter. After getting my hands on some rosin, I had a batch of soap made to the old recipe and the stuff is great.
Not only does it not dry out your hands, it lathers well and is long lasting. The rosin gives the soap a delightful fragrance, adds hardness to the soap and it is derived from trees, what could be better? It lubricates sticky drawer parts and other wooden moving parts [such as the tension block of spinning wheels].
It can also be used to practice carving and you can clean up with the shavings.
Made of lard, castor oil, rosin, distilled water and lye, all from renewable natural resources.
Available in the Full Chisel Store and ready for immediate shipment you can buy it here.
Thanks to Mark Schramm, master blacksmith and soap maker for making this soap for me to use and sell.
Traditional Craftsman’s Lye Soap with Rosin.
This stuff use to be available when tools and mills were powered by flat leather belts, jack shafts, and flywheels. It keeps the belt tracking properly [providing the wheels are coplanar] and prevents the belt from slipping.
Works great on Foot Powered Treadle Lathes, sewing machine belts and drive bands on Spinning Wheels. Based on an old formula this stuff is very sticky, it sticks to silicone, teflon and high molecular plastic, etc. etc.
The perforated paper tube keeps it from sticking to your fingers and can be peeled back as the belt dressing is used up.
And it is for sale at The Full Chisel Store.
*that should read ‘Do you have rosin?’
According to the 1930 edition of Merck’s Index:
Colophony; Abietic Anhydride; Yellow Rosin; Resina, B.P.-Res. left on distil. volat. oil fr. oleoresin obt. fr. Pinus palustris & o. spec. of Pinus, Pinaceæ. – Occur.:Rosin is chiefly supplied by the U.S. – Sol.: Freely in A., B., E., glac.acet. acid, oils, & soluts. of fixed alkali hydroxides. U.S.P. also in CS2. – Sp. Gr.: 1.07 – 1.09 at 25°C., U.S.P. – Constit.: Chiefly (80%-90%) abietic acid, or its anhydride resene (5%-6%, B.P.C.).; also pinic & sylvic acids – Uses: Pharm., as ingred. in oints, plasters, cerates, &c. – Techn., manuf. varnishes, varnish & paint driers, printing inks, cements, soap, sealing wax, wood polish, floor coverings, paper, plastics, fireworks, tree wax, sizes; f. waterproofing cardboard, walls, etc., & as source of rosin spirit & rosin oil, & pitch.
It is available by the pound at the Full Chisel Store, here.