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. I have these and I'm happy with them.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. They also make carving and lettering chisels. They make the Chris Pye Signature Line.
  7. 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
  8. Hi Tom, Small world. I'm also a member of the NBPT Art Ass.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. I've purchase from them at the annual tool show at Philip Lowe's FIM, here in MA. They don't offer discounts at the event. With some tools (only one at show) they take orders and ship from Maine. As for issues with upsetting local retailers. I believe they only have two in all off the USA now. I was going to drive up (3 hrs) and take in the lobster bake and demonstrations, but the lobster bake sold out to quick. It should be a great time in a beautiful part of the country.
  14. I own and use 3 of the LN saws. The DT, Tapered Carcass, and Tenon saw. I feel that for the price, they give the best value. If you ever need to sell them, they hold there value. I don't bother to resharpen the saws myself. When needed, I repack the saw in the original LN box, place that one in a bigger box. I include a note for resharpening, my return address etc. I usually have the saw back in 7 days, sharp as ever, and any scratches have been buffed out and it looks like new. I believe it cost me around $25 with shipping. The price may have gone up so check first. As for the photo of