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The Hock Tools Newsletter
#5 / 2015 
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In this issue:
Spokeshave Blades
Advancing Handtools: 
In the Spotlight: 
Hock Tools Photo Album:
Be in the Hock Tools Photo Album:
Shout-Out for Popular Woodworking's Blog & Sharpening Collection.
Hock Tools Photo Album: 
Vincent Lavarenne's Self-Made Shave.
Vincent Lavarenne, Spokeshave, Photo Album 515

Vincent Lavarenne is a teaching member of Les PassionnĂ©s du Bois, a very active woodworking club based just south of Paris. 


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beinphotoalbumIt's So Easy to Be in The Hock Tools Photo Album:

You inspire us and other woodworkers with photos
of the tools you make  with or that use  Hock Tools
Send your photos to  linda@hocktools.com . Linda will get back  to you soon. 
A Little Shout-Out for  Popular Woodworking Magazine:

Chapter 6, unattended Stanley #151, pg. 120, #5-2015
A Stanley #151 
left unattended.
So sad; but there 
is hope. You can 
get this tool back 
to work!

Check out the July 6th Popular Woodworking Blog  titled  Spoke-shaves - Rehab & Sharpening by PWW's Editor Megan Fitz patrick.
On top of that PWW's also has a limited offer of
The Essential Sharpening Collection, which includes
The Perfect Edge: The Ultimate Guide to Sharpening for Woodworkers by Ron Hock!
PWW's The Essential Sharpening Collection, including The Perfect Edge.
    Thank You 
 Popular Woodworking!
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Ron in HOCK Shop
Ron Hock
I just love the long days of summer. And now that I have my shop to myself - I love that, too. You may know we moved the Hock Tools shop and shipping to our new digs in town about a year ago. It's especially satisfying to be able to enjoy a couple daylight hours puttering around the yard, maybe some off-the-clock time in the shop after a long day in the office. If I just start tidying up, one thing leads to the next and the next and I get an amazing amount done. 

I've resurrected tools from the proverbial rust bin, and brought them back to the living where they were intended to be. I like that intention: tools that stay in use long after their maker has met the maker.

You know that deep satisfaction and pleasure you get from restoring an old tool, or a piece of furniture? The process is captivating; you focus on being, doing, making and keeping because it is a good and rightful thing to do. I restore my spirits as I go along, especially during these long days when the light fades late and I feel I have time to lose myself in being, doing, making...Perfect for getting ready for the short days of fall and winter. What a good life, having a shop, fixing up old tools!

Of course, if you need anything from Hock Tools, please let me know.

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Ron Hock
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AdvancingAdvancing Handtools:
What You Didn't 
Know  about Spokeshaves
A wooden spokeshave is to a Windsor chair what a bread knife is to a loaf of sourdough. 
Continuous Arm Chair, Mike Dunbar, The Windsor Institute, 5-2015
Continuous Arm Chair by Mike Dunbar, The Windsor Institute, Hampton 
New Hampshire. 
Of course spokeshaves are used to shape more objects than Windsor chairs; but, if you are building one of those iconic chairs, a good spokeshave is a must!

Link to PDFs
Hock Tools Spokeshave Kit and Replacement Blades
Advancing Handtools:
Sharpening Devices from 
Chapter 13 of The Perfect Edge; The Ultimate Guide to Sharpening for Woodworkers

Chapter 13, Devices, pg. 181, Sharpening Stick System by DMT.
More on sharpening your kitchen knives - as promised in 
Sharp & to the Point , Edition #4/2015.
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Thank you!
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