Stephen Prunier

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About Stephen Prunier

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    North Shore, MA
  • Woodworking Interests
    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. Stephen Prunier

    Best Hold fast

    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.
  2. 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. http://www.evenfallstudios.com/
  3. Stephen Prunier

    Auriou tools closing?

    They also make carving and lettering chisels. They make the Chris Pye Signature Line.
  4. Stephen Prunier

    Woodshop footwear

    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 https://www.keenfootwear.com/p/M-TARGHEE-II-WP.html?dwvar_M-TARGHEE-II-WP_color=1008417&cgid=mens_footwear_shoes These are the mid-cut https://www.keenfootwear.com/p/M-DURAND-MID-WP.html?dwvar_M-DURAND-MID-WP_color=1011550&cgid=mens_footwear_boots There not cheap, but I find them worth the money. Nothing is worse than having the lower back spasms
  5. Stephen Prunier

    Hovarter Wagon Vice

    Hi Tom, Small world. I'm also a member of the NBPT Art Ass.
  6. Stephen Prunier

    Rockler hold fast

    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.
  7. 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. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwxBzmq-ciQ&t=512s
  8. Stephen Prunier

    Pencil l ines or scribe lines

    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.
  9. Stephen Prunier

    Lie Nielsen Open House

    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 most likely do take advantage of volume deals.
  10. Stephen Prunier

    Lie Nielsen Open House

    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.
  11. Stephen Prunier

    What Saw?

    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 the female with a chainsaw. What should we do when a Carl Jr's commercial airs on the idiot box?
  12. Stephen Prunier

    Frustration at the lumber yard

    I must be spoiled. I drive to a supplier about 45 miles away in NH, and it's well worth it. I could easily go to one of the 3 big box stores in my home town, or one of the 4 contractor yards that would have a nice selection of maple, oak, pine etc. But this supplier is huge, 60' x 200'. Each bin is 4' x 4' x 12'+ and are usually 3/4 or more full. They have rough stock. FAS, and even an area for short bins 5' or less at 25% off. They also offer discounts on 300+ BF. They stock 1/2" FAS Cherry, Maple, White Oak, etc. from 3" up to 10"+ wide. I can spend an hour going through a single bin, or a couple hours total looking for a board or boards to spark the creative juices, I treat the wood with respect, and in return, the employees just laugh and ask if I'll ever arrive with a project already planned out. As I restock the wood, and take care not to damage it, I reply to the employees, Were would the fun be in that! In the winter time though, I do arrive with a cut list, mainly because it's really, really cold in there. I like to blame / thank Philip Lowe for telling me about the place!!!
  13. Stephen Prunier

    Pfeil gouge set vs buying individually

    Having done it both ways, I would stick with individual tools. Check out Mary May, and Chris Pye for ideas on which ones to start with.
  14. Stephen Prunier

    Dado walls/shoulder clean up

    How do you use a spiral router bit with a "Hand Tool" ?
  15. Stephen Prunier

    Chisels

    Before you buy any carving chisels, I would go on youtube, and watch some videos by Chris Pye, and Mary May. They are both exceptional carvers, and teachers. They also have information on what would be good for starting out. Word of advice on carving. It's not as easy as it looks, but with a lot of patience and practice you'll get there. Just don't get frustrated. If you are struggling with something, step back, take a break, then try again. I've been working with wood for 45 years. I thought carving would be a piece of cake. I wanted to be the next Chris Pye. I now know why I'm a furniture maker / wood carver, and not the other way around!