Music I’d Like To Hear #27
The three dulcimers hanging on the wall have fresh coats of varnish. It is a relatively warm day so coats of varnish are all that is necessary; if it had been colder they would be in their parkas and mittens.
The baritone dulcimer hanging in the middle always loses it’s hat. It favors a small and pointy tuque and believe me they are not easy to find. Maybe my wife will knit it a new one.
On the table among other stuff is a walnut and butternut dulcimer that is next in line for scraping, sanding, fretting and finishing. To the left are shelves of planes. I use them all. Really, I do.
On the higher shelves is some of the wood that will become the next batch of dulcimers.
An on-line gallery for your perusal, entertainment, education, and enjoyment courtesy of The Boston Museum Of Fine Arts.
Music I’d Like To Hear #26
I used to think of sharpening as something that had to be done so I could get to work. Over the last few years I’ve come to think of sharpening as one of the more relaxing aspects of making a dulcimer.
Stopping to sharpen used to annoy me because I wanted to keep working. Now these sharpening sessions are welcome breaks; I get to relax and gently bring two faces on a piece of steel to a sharp and happy meeting place.
If the bench is crowded and chaotic, as it is most of the time, I will do my honing in the kitchen. Here’s my usual setup:
The stones sit on a bench hook. I mostly use the fine waterstone. I hollow grind my edge tools with a bench grinder and use the diamond stones for the initial honing after grinding. I can hone a hollow ground edge with the fine waterstone many times before regrinding is required.
Sharpening is done, I had a cup of coffee and wrote a blog post. Now it’s time to get my nose back to the grindstone!
Okay, it was a cheap shot…