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January 16, 2013

Boxwood and Slate

My Christmas gifts arrived

This year my family changed from the usual gift exchange in the spirit of giving to a you can steal someone else’s gift in the spirit of taking.  My objections were overruled and I decided to play my own game.  I bought a gift card from Lee Valley, so that no one else in my family would be interested.  After choosing lots [my comment about deciding who is to die in a survival situation, got some chuckles] I was number 4 to draw and chose my own gift.  My sister objected and I told her she couldn’t change the rules in the middle of this evil game.  Needless to say we will be going back to the regular gift exchange next year.

Cashing in on the free shipping offered by Lee Valley, I picked up several turned and threaded boxwood containers.  I could not even buy the wood locally to make these at this price, not including labor.  Great items and very well made.

boxwood containers

I tried to order a staple-less stapler, but for some reason they can mail them to an address in the US.  I wonder if they are considered as personal protection devices or the magazine is too big?  Strange.


I also purchased a piece of slate, had to order the middle size as they do not ship the large size for some reason.  I thought it would be flat on one side but it was split and had uneven surfaces.  I checked their website and that is what they listed.


I however wanted to use it for writing with chalk or soapstone so I needed to smooth the surface.  I started with a coarse file and float, then converted to a piece of industrial sanding belt that had grit the size of cracked pepper and got it flat.  I then used a card scraper to remove the scratch marks.  The scraper was great, I did have to resharpen it during the process, the slate was abrasive to the scraper.  [I do have a piece of English Slate sharpening stone and it is very hard].



  1. Those are lovely little tubes. I’ve just ordered a few myself! Thanks for the tip!

    Comment by Zach Dillinger — January 16, 2013 @ 1:03 pm

  2. Thanks to Sir William, he is sending me a staple free stapler, thanks


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — January 18, 2013 @ 12:14 pm

  3. And thanks to Rob Lee next time I order from Lee Valley he will see to it that I can order a large size slate, has to do with shipping weight.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — January 18, 2013 @ 12:15 pm

  4. I’m not surprised Rob took care of you. His company is wonderful. I just received my boxwood tubes. My wife immediately absconded with three of the six I had ordered! Something about being perfect for needle storage. So I may need to order a few more!

    Comment by Zach Dillinger — January 22, 2013 @ 8:56 am

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