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Students come to my studio and fall in love with my quick
and easy grinding jigs. Over the years I have struggled with how can students make there own version
of my grinding jigs. This is my solution to the problem. Continue reading Carl’s 4x7x2 Sharpening Jigs→
Meta Description: Carl recommends the Martel 4 Way Caliper. Expensive and worth every penny! The unique shape of the Martel calipers makes them really useful for measuring the depth of things (plates, bowls and hollow forms) while they are still on the chuck!
I have noticed that premiergauges.com has been advertising a lot lately. I am not impressed with their products. They are to expensive and the calipers are only single ended (rather than double ended).
If I was going to pay big bucks for a caliper than I would get a “Andre Martel Caliper”. I have one. It was expensive and worth every penny.
The UNIQUE shape of the Martel calipers makes them REALLY useful for measuring the depth of things (plates, bowls and hollow forms) while they are STILL IN THE CHUCK. i.e. I don’t want to go thru the bottom. How much wood do I have left to play with? See pictures below.
The Marten calipers are DESIGNED to work while things are still in a chuck. See photos below. The calibers fit between the jaws on a 4 jaw scroll chuck. Continue reading Martel 4 Way Caliper→
Updated: 5/12/2022. I wrote this blog entry roughly 3 years ago. Google says it is poplar. Thus, I am updating it to say things have not really changed much in the last 3 years. Well, yea prices have gone up.
I updated some links. I don’t have time to update all the prices. They have gone up by roughly $5 to $10.
Turning Smocks & Low Cost Alternatives
Over the years I have owned a number of different turning smocks.
Here are MY thoughts.
Sooner or later every turner decides they need a turning smock.
Because, sooner or later nature calls and you just don’t have time to shed
all the wood chips, etc. She who must be obeyed, has a no wood chips in the
In A Nutshell
I like the AAW Turning Smock best. I absolutely HATE the blue color. The
dark grey one is not a whole lot better. But, I have found the lightweight,
short sleeve and roomy design works best. It is easy to get on and off. It
easily sheds wood chips. Continue reading Turning Smocks & Low Cost Alternatives→