Full Chisel Blog

May 31, 2009

spam, shame on you!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 8:11 am

I receive a great deal of spam  ([small s] not that delicious canned meat product, to which the associated computer name I find particularly offensive) and on occasion I have to remove the comment feature on a post to stop the torrent.

I like SPAM and TREET, et al, sliced thin and fried, with poached eggs and an English Muffin with a bit of bitter orange marmalade, thank you.

Filters don’t work and I still have to check the Junk Mail feature on my e-mail as it doesn’t work and good messages are sometimes put in that file.  This is annoying as it can be.

I will not add the CAPTCHA feature as it makes it difficult for persons with disability to access my blog, shame on you spam.

I do not read Cyrillic, nor Farsi, nor Chinese.  Please send your crap in a language I can read like Latin, French, English or American.  And I know grammar, punctuation and syntax, I am not fooled by bad translations.

I don’t know anybody with a name like cf3g7kl, however I did know a fellow in College that spelled his name Hen3ry, he said the 3 was silent.

The only drugs I do are aspirin, caffeine, tobacco and alcohol.  I don’t need nor use any performance enhancing drugs.

I don’t gamble against machines, I prefer to sit down at a Blackjack table and easily take their money.  For some reason, perhaps my good memory, several casino’s in Nevada request that I not play on their tables.

I am not interested in successfully transferring funds from royalty having trouble with their fortunes in Nigeria, thanks anyway.

I don’t need car insurance, I haven’t owned a vehicle since 1989, get up to speed, get to know your recipients for hell sakes.

As for pornography, a number of years ago I read 120 Days of Sodomy by the Marquis de Sade, written in the the late 18th and early 19th century, so your ‘contribution’ can’t hold a candle to that.

I don’t trust spam, even if I am interested as it might be infected with a worm or virus.  Speaking of which the ‘computer worm and computer virus’ really gives a bad name to worms and microbes.  I have always been against Capital Punishment, but makers of these problems (spam and destructive computer programs) have made me reconsider my position.

But of course senders of these insidious messages will not read this.  I can’t appeal to their conscience as they don’t have one.  I recently received a computer generated message from a real business that I am familiar with and have previously purchased their products.  However after receiving this spam, I will never do business with them again.  Bad idea.


May 29, 2009

The Hide Glue Book

back cover

I am pleased to announce that the book Hide Glue – Historical & Practical Applications (138 Pages, 70 illustrations and engravings) will be available on Joel’s web site Tools for Working Wood.  He will handle all International and most Domestic orders.  He has offered Shepherds’ Compleat Early Nineteenth Century Woodworker for some time now and he also sells my 1805 Treadle Lathe Plans.

I will fulfill all orders that I have already and will continue to receive.  I thank you all for your response.  This will be the best method to order my books and I will keep Joel well supplied.

Thank You All.


May 27, 2009

Hide Glue – Historical & Practical Applications

Are in my Hands.

books, books, books

I also have copies of Shepherds’ Compleat Early Nineteenth Century Woodworker.

I will be filling orders promptly as the boxes of books are crowding my small living space.

Thanks to you that have already ordered.


May 24, 2009

A Very Unusual Spinning Wheel

Filed under: Historical Material,Of Interest,Restoration,Spinning Wheel,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 8:26 am

Somehow word got out that I repair and restore Spinning Wheels?  And while I have officially lost count on the number of wheels I have worked on, it is several dozen.  And that doesn’t count bobbin and flyer repair which also numbers in the dozens.

From small traveling wheels to large walking wheels, I thought I had seen it all.  Well once again a surprise, this wheel.  It is American, made of Birch (Betula spp.)  and one small piece of pine in the treadle.   It is obviously a nineteenth century example, shows wear from use, but is in remarkable condition.


It is missing its distaff, which is not unusual and one wheel axle retaining finial/peg needs to be reproduced.  It is also missing the pitman which connects the wheel crank to the treadle.  I will turn one up of birch matching the details on the spokes and legs.


The treadle is more decorative than most, the cupids bow is the part made of pine held in dovetails with square wooden pegs.

To insure that the grain is straight, the originating craftsman split his pieces prior to turning them and as happens some bark is included in some of the turnings.  The double wheel supports are not very common, although I have seen them before.  But what really sets this wheel apart from any other I have seen is that the rim (fellows) of the wheel is made of thin wrought iron sheet. 


Cut into strips 1 1/2″ wide with 1/4″ sides forming a U shaped channel for the string to follow.  The wheel is 26″ in diameter and the longest piece of metal is 24 inches requiring 4 segments to make up the circumference, the shortest is 12″.  There is a lap at the joints and each is held with two rivets.

The iron rim is held to the spokes with square wrought iron nails.


Another unusual feature of this wheel is the adjustable flyer.  The one fixed iron hook brings the spun fibers to one wing of the the flyer and passes over an adjustable hook to feed the yarn onto the bobbin.

This is going to be a fun restoration project.  And when it is finished, I shall receive ‘something’ made of spun buffalo hair.




May 18, 2009

Saw handle hang

Filed under: Historical Material,Of Interest,Sawing,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 6:07 am

There has been a great deal of discussion of the ‘hang’ of the saw’s handle.  This is how the handle is oriented to the blade, the hang angle.  This saw has a variable hang.

Meat Saw

But of course this is a meat saw with a broken handle, carefully wired on so as not to loose that important fragment of apple wood that was probably the original handle, although there is no way of telling.

This is an interesting saw made in SHEFFIELD and marked No. 77.  I know it is a meat saw because I could smell it when it was cleaned.  This saw was also used for Kobe beef, as the blade is set to cut on the pull stroke.

I bought this for a buck for the wrought iron, but after initial cleaning, I will probably put on a new handle, although I don’t need another meat saw.  I don’t even need one meat saw but I have a nice one.


May 17, 2009

I finally found it! The Standard of Measure

Filed under: Historical Material,Of Interest,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 6:50 am

After searching everywhere for the standard, I literally stumbled over it, right there in the side walk.  It is located on the North side of Washington Square, the current home of the Salt Lake City and County Building.  This was the original site where Orson Pratt and the advanced party spent the first night in the Great Salt Lake Valley a day ahead of Brigham Young’s arrival.  It was originally called Pioneer Camping Grounds and Emigrant Camping Grounds.

Standard of Measure


This bronze plaque embedded in the sidewalk, and it was the only one I saw, but I didn’t go all the way around the block to see if there were others.  I am not sure what it means but I found it, so I can quit searching!


May 14, 2009

(The) Hide Glue (book) will be available May 22, ’09

Filed under: Hide Glue,Historical Material,Of Interest,Publications,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 2:56 pm

I was informed by my printer today that the ‘Hide Glue – Historical & Practical Applications’ book will be ready a week from tomorrow.  I will also have more copies of ‘Shepherds’ Compleat Early Nineteenth Century Woodworker’, which will be available next Thursday (they already started on those).  I can almost smell the acid free paper and archival ink.

The ‘Glue’ book is 148 pages long, is profusely worded, many historical engravings included, with secrets revealed and the latest fancy color cover.  Also several illustrations by the author.  It will sell at retail for a mere $20.00 (American) plus $4.00 shipping to the States.  I am not sure of shipping outside the borders.  I can keep the shipping costs down by shipping Media Rate.  If you want the book faster it costs more.  Wholesale discounts are also available.  I will also offer Woodworking Clubs and Guilds the same generous discounts for larger quantities.

All orders well be attended to promptly and put in the post the with greatest dispatch. 

I am taking orders!


May 13, 2009

Lining small boxes & chests

Filed under: Hide Glue,Historical Material,Of Interest,Publications,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 12:59 pm

It was a tradition to line small boxes and trunks with paper on the inside.  It was from plain paper to used newspapers (these are fun to find in old boxes) as well as marbleized paper.  This paper was common endpapers in books that were glued to the boards.  Many older books have wooden boards, lined with marble paper on the inside and leather or linen on the outside.

I am making a couple of journals with wooden boards and needed marble paper for the inside.  I have some hair cell pig skin I plan on using on the outside.  Of course all of these will be glued with Hide Glue.  Well I have been looking for some inexpensive marble paper and finally found some locally.

 marbelized paper

This is available from Dover Publications, just search ‘gift-wrap paper’ and it will take you to the link.  This stuff is 18X24 inches and are folded.  I will steam and carefully iron the paper to remove the creases before I use it to line a small box.  And five dollars for four sheets is a good price.

I also found some hand made marbleized paper at about $7.00 each for an 18 by 24 inch sheet.  I am going to use a couple of the inexpensive sheets, but I have a project for the hand made stuff.  These papers offer a great way to enhance the inside of small boxes and chests.


May 11, 2009

Hide Glue, back cover

Filed under: Hide Glue,Of Interest,Publications,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 5:08 pm

Well even a book needs a back cover.  So here is what I have come up with.

Hide Glue back cover

The actual image looks much better than this but in order to get an image, I had to print it out then shoot a photograph.  It will be 148 pages with many illustrations, receipts, engravings, a bibliography, a glossary and an index.


May 10, 2009

140th Anniversary of The Driving of the Golden Spike

Filed under: Historical Material,Of Interest,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 4:34 pm

As it was on the one hundredth anniversary of the Golden Spike, I was an agent/telegrapher for Union Pacific Railroad, so I had an historical tie to the ceremonies.  Speaking of ties and reenactments here is a replica of the last tie used to connect the Transcontinental Railroad at Promontory Summit, Utah Territoy on May 10,1869.  The original was made of California Laurel (as was the replica).  The original burned in the San Francisco earthquake/fire in 1906.

The Last Tie

The holes for the spikes were pre drilled but the dignitaries were either too drunk or too dandy to drive the last spike so it was done by a 22 year old fireman from the 119 (Union Pacific engine, the Jupiter was the Central Pacific engine).  The golden spike itself was never really driven.

The Original Golden Spike is in the Smithsonian and a number of other ceremonial spikes are scattered around the States.

But what I found very interesting was the telegraph lines.

telegraph poles

These are the square telegraph poles, in keeping with the way the originals were produced.  They were tapered with a cross piece saddle notched into the pole and held with a bolt.

rams horn insulators

Here is a close up of the cross piece and even the insulators are correct.  The original insulators were called rams horns and were suspended under the cross piece.  It wasn’t until I got home and looked up close and saw that they got the bolt wrong.  It should have been square headed not hex.  Alas.

This is really out in the middle of nowhere.  I live on the south end of Great Salt Lake and this spot is on the north end of the lake (which is 80 miles long), then 21 miles from the main road.  But the real thrill was standing next to a live working steam locomotive.  At one point during the ceremonies it was moving slowly along the tracks and sounding its whistle.  I turned to my friend George and he was holding his chest, later he said he felt it through his entire body.  It was truly an amazing experience.

The heat, the steam, (I could hear the water boiling inside the boiler), the noise and the knowledge that at any moment the Union Pacific #119, not 10 feet away could violently explode and kill everyone within a 1/4 mile, in searing steam and pieces of jagged metal.  Later when one of the people that work on the train was talking, saying that the reproduction steam engines are different in that they are not riveted iron boilers but are welded steel making them safer.  I told him in the event of an explosion his new welded steel boiler the difference would be negligible.  That made him think.

The Park Service said that there would be a photograph of today’s re-enactment on their web site, but it wasn’t there yet.  All in all it was a great time, I picked up a souvenir, a UP brass baggage tag for my portmanteau, for my next trip to the Carson Valley.


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