Wednesday, November 10, 2010

No time for November

Can you believe it's November already?

I'm in full swing for the holiday season this year. I've got all my presents figured out and am spending lots of time at the workbench in order to make them a reality. Unfortunately, time there means not as much time here, writing the blog.

I'm sure that I'm not the only person on the web that has to curb back on some of the content during the holidays. Kari at The Village Carpenter is taking a well deserved break this season (I am in no way comparing myself to the talent she has). Of course, I do have enough material to push through and keep to posting twice a week like I have been, so I really have no excuse. I still have postings to make for Winding sticks, chisels, saw benches, book reviews, and carving...honest, I have no shortage of materials. Ha ha.

However, all posts concerning the holiday festivities of  present exchange will have to wait for the new year to be posted, just "in case" someone decides to visit this website and see what I'm up to. ;)
I'm really happy with the way things are turning out for the holidays, actually, and I can't help but get a little excited. This is the first year that I really sit down and make personalized gifts and I'm having a great time learning with every cut, scrape, sand, and finish. Hopefully, the recipients will feel the same way.

Another neat thing about November is the fact that my site will be 1 year old. That probably doesn't sound like I big deal to you, but I enjoy it and plan to keep traveling this road going for at least another year. Who knows where that will take us?

Well, time to get off the couch and sharpen my new mortise chisels. :D  I'll be back soon to do some real posting!!


  1. Can't wait to see pics of all your handmade heirloom treasures!

    Congrats on 1 year of blogging!!

    Jim (Yes, that Jim)

  2. HAHA! Thanks, 'that jim'!! How did you get this number? This is an unlisted blog!!!!

  3. Congratulations on the year! And how do you like those Narex mortise chisels? I've been looking at those...

  4. Thanks, Dan!

    I like the chisels a lot! I had the opportunity to learn mortising from Bill Anderson and had been wanting a set. These were at a great price and couldn't be passed up. I've only gotten one of them flattened and ready so far, but that one was straight and took very little time to get ready. I was practicing my sharpening by hand techniques and have been fighting with my polishing stone, so I left it at the 1200 diamond until I can get some time to throw it on my hard arkansas oil stone. (It was suctioning so bad that I couldn't even move the chisel. My friend, Jim, advised me to use my 1200 on it to create a slurry which might help that a little). I also realised that the upper corners are a little sharp and found that I had paper-like cuts all over my thumb from holding the chisel to the stone. This issue has just recently healed and I'm not ready to get back to honing my new chisels. lol


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