Stephen Prunier

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About Stephen Prunier

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    North Shore, MA
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    Mostly create my own designs while working with hand tools 80% of the time. I started in woodworking, then migrated to carpentry. I have now returned to where I should have never left!

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  1. Seeing that you are just getting started I would suggest purchasing some used/reconditioned vintage planes. There are several reputable online sellers and you would be able to purchase what you need to get started for the price of one premium plane. Then when the others are back in stock you can revisit the idea. If you decide to purchase a LN or LV you could sell the one your replacing for pretty close to the same price you paid for it. Also it will give you the chance to learn how to sharpen and setup a tool without the worries of wrecking it. Not that I would know anything about wrecking a
  2. Being an artist myself I can relate to how the value of work can vary greatly just based on an artists personality, their ability to smooze with the public, etc. It's why Ansel Adams struggled to make decent money and had to offer workshops until his death. But Peter Lik has galleries around the world and finds suckers to pay him $ 50,000 for one of his prints. Or Thomas Kinkade getting $5,000+ for a painting that was painted by one of his employee's, but it was his idea? WTF. I'd love to pay someone to create my art based on my concepts and and let me keep 80+% of the money. Sam Maloof was a
  3. I have these and I'm happy with them.
  4. L.V. has it in rolls. I just ordered some yesterday. I use it inside of a piece of cotton to make a wiping pad/ball for hand applying finishes. For applying wax I sometimes use #0000 steel wool that I dampen with solvent then dip in the paste wax an apply.
  5. I live close enough to L.N. to mail them and have them do it for me. It takes about a week. I was on their website the other day and they now have back saw blades to practice sharpening on. Not cheap, but you get a set of different teeth profiles to practice on. It's definitely a skill worth having.
  6. I also have a pair of Gramercy hold-fast. If you get a set take some sandpaper to the shaft. It will help them grab better in the hole. For the money, there really good.
  7. I don't know if this has been posted already. Even Fall Studios was destroyed by the CA Fires. There's more information on their website.
  8. They also make carving and lettering chisels. They make the Chris Pye Signature Line.
  9. I've been using a couple pairs from Keen. Most of the time I wear the low cut, but in bad weather I'll use the other pair. I find them very comfortable and were well. Like a lot of others, I suffer from lower back pain. So I added a pair of Dr Scholl's inserts for my weight I also have concrete flooring that I have 3' x 5' anti fatigue mats down were I stand the most. I also find going for walks helps a lot with the back pain. It tightens up the abs. Here's the low cut
  10. Hi Tom, Small world. I'm also a member of the NBPT Art Ass.
  11. Another happy user of the Gramercy holdfasts here. When you first use them, take some sandpaper to the shaft. It will help them grab the bench hole better. The leather pads are a nice add-on too.
  12. Just want to share a link to some videos that Philip C Lowe made called, The Art of Woodworking. He made them with the Beverly Cable Access TV Studio. It's were he lives, and has his school. There really nicely done. There's 5 videos, and hopefully more.
  13. Even if your eye's are fine, using and wearing a pair of reading glasses while making the cuts is helpful. I use a couple of different pairs with different magnifications.
  14. True, but there not the same type of business models. LN makes and sells only a small number of products in there line. They do offer a few, high quality manufacturers, but not many. As for shipping. LN has always been reasonable. A LN Catalog is tiny compared to the LV Catalog. Plus LV has purchasing/shipping deals with the manufacturers they carry, which helps to offset the cost/loss when they have the no shipping, sales etc. We need to remember that woodworking is only 1 part of LV's total business. They may not have the same footprint as some of the bigger retail stores, but, they can and