A while back I taught a workshop on hammer veneering and the class made veneer hammers, it was a fun class at the Nevada WoodChucks.  We built the American pattern with one fellow turning the head as well as the handle.
I did some research on old metal veneer hammers and came up with a traditional style in the size I wanted, and these are generally considered Continental patterns and this one is French or German in influence.  And it was constructed from a wagon wheel out of wrought iron, forge welded together to make the proper thickness by master blacksmith Mark Schramm.
I recently read of a traditional technique for preparing a rubber, pad, or fad for French polishing, and this technique differs from others I have researched.  I switched from cotton balls as a pad filler to raw washed wool, which I am very happy with how it works and lasts. However this new method looked interesting, so I asked my favorite seamstress if she had some 100% woolen fabric that I could use?  She brought by enough for my specifications, but wider, so I could rip it to the desired size.  I thought that before I went ahead with French polishing, I should test the fabric to see if it would bleed any of the dye.
Sure enough after some alcohol and placed in a glass jar for an hour or so, then I took it out and placed it on a paper towel and you can see what happened.


I told the seamstress of the problem and she said she had some light brown herringbone wool fabric which she dropped off.  I did the same test and no bleeding, so I will use this next time I polish. I did spend a few minutes touring other parts of the museum and it looks like there is some interesting interactive hands-on stuff.  And what I am about to say in no way reflects on ‘The Leonardo’ museum or its staff in any way, they are doing the job they were handed. And where did they come up with the size of how big to build them?  While I can see that they can be of some benefit to actually seeing the object in person, if it were the correct size or scaled in such a manner as you can determine its actual size would be a big help in understanding the man’s obvious genius. All part of what I call ‘sport museuming’, I did complain as best I could, not wanting to offend the staff as they had nothing to do with the poorly thought out and ineptly constructed models of Leonardo’s sketches.  Most people, wait nearly all people who view this exhibit will not know the difference, but I and my friend obviously do know the difference and I know many others that would also be disappointed as to how modern people interpret the past.
Putting hot embers in a bed warmer, closing the lid immediately starts to extinguish the hot coals, no air circulation.  Then if you take the slightly warmed bed warmer full of ember and move it around between the sheets and blankets, it leaves a mess, the fine ashes come out the holes on top and is totally unacceptable.


The other saw is one I traded from a friend, I had a long piece of curly maple suitable for a walking stick and he just got this at the local swap meet.  I am not sure of its use or whether it is a saw or an agricultural tool, but it sure looks oriental. This is by far the biggest find I’ve made at the local antique shops here in Pensacola, FL.
Because of it’s status in history, this pen is also sought after by collectors, and there are a few colors that are hard to find.



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