APF swag

I managed to be pretty restrained at the APF show in my shopping therapy.  I’d gone with the intention of buying a filing guide, and that’s what I got.  Didn’t even buy a coffee, but had to buy some breakfast cereal (thanks  to Mike for bringing that in!) as I forgot to bring it. Here’s the guide:

I’m a Stihl man meself, but a friend of mine, Ed Kyrk recommended this little gizmo, it was recommended to him by someone throwing his Stihl file guide in the burn and giving him the Husqvarna one to use.

This is how it works:

The guide is a little saddle which fixes the angle as two notches sit on the bar/chain, the clear plastic jobbies are rollers.  The whole set up moves in the vertical axis with the chain so you don’t need to angle the file in the horizontal plane.  The magic is though, you can see exactly what the sharpened link is looking like AND the file can roll.  I started using it as I’d seen Ed do, without a handle so it would roll.  That was a bit uncomfy so I thought I’d try the red handle (good colour, less likely to disappear on a shaving covered floor).  Turns out the handle lets the file roll too.  The guide for the depth gauge on the chain , as you can see has two depths, one for hard wood and one for soft wood (eh?). All in all an excellent £13 worth.  You used to be able to buy the guide on its own, but now it comes as a set.  RECOMMENDED.

Away from the razor-sharp and noisy world of chain saws (and we heard enough of those 400cc competition screamers at the APF!) the single nasturtium outside our front window has grown into a giant – take a butcher’s* at this!

* Cockney rhyming slang – butcher’s hook – look.

Made it.

The six chairs are now united in their new home on the moors above Bolton Abbey.

My customers are very pleased, especially with the little table

It was rather a struggle to get up there, even with snow chains on the Landy.  I kept thinking, well I’ll get up there, but maybe not get back.  But I was accompanied back and two shovels came in very handy clearing 3 foot drifts of heavy melting snow that the Landy kept on bellying on.  All the snow’s gone from down in the valleys round here, but at 1,600 feet up where the chairs now live it had only just yesterday got above freezing, first time in weeks, and my customers had not had their 4×4 car down to the village since New Year’s Day!

The package in may last post was a 2 1/2 pound Kentish pattern axe that I’m now making a new handle for. It looked like it was going to be a cleaver from the package!  Photos to follow when it’s re-shafted.  It’s an old War Department one in good nick.  I do wish, however, that people who sell tools on eBay would resist the temptation to ‘sharpen’ them.  Which usually just means putting a shiny, inexpert edge on with a grinding wheel.  Fortunately on this one they had not over-heated the edge and lost the metal’s temper as can happen with a powered grit stone.  I’ve just about restored a better smooth edge with my treadle-powered grit stone that runs in a bath of water keeping everything cool.

Course coming up tomorrow over at York with Paul Atkin.  I’m getting a couple of hook tools for bowl turning, and a half day on their use.