I hope I am not overly optimistic, but Linda and I get our second vaccine soon and are excited. This must have been what it was like for our parents to stand us in those lines for the polio vaccine, those pink sugar cubes (yes, I am that old) - and whatever other shot in the arm we pursed our lips for so we would not cry in front of the whole town. Our parents watched with newfound hope for a healthy future.
We keep asking ourselves what the rules are, who to have over for dinner first – like you, we are chomping at the bit, eager to exercise lost but not forgotten prerogatives.
I made a little video about heat treating, which was fun. That’s because I played with fire and heated a blade to that brilliant orange. If you should give it a try, please be very mindful of the safety issues. Safety First! We are talking fire here. We are talking about hot, burning metal and oil. We are talking about potential flames gone out of control and possible injury. Wear your goggles and your gloves, keep a fire extinguisher close at hand. Clear the space around your equipment, have your phone handy, act as though you are not having any fun at all, keep your head in the game, and behave yourself.
Also, in our continuing effort to show a diversity of sharpening techniques, we’ve called upon David Charlesworth, whose Ruler Trick is a timesaving blessing for many woodworkers around the world.
And - if you recall the recent issue and follow-up feedback issue about corrosion management – we have yet more feedback, which will be organized as a shout-out sometime in the future. Please stay tuned for it!
Of course, if there is anything you need from Hock Tools, please let me know.