Stephen Prunier

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  1. Sandvik made nice affordable saws. I think I still have one of the shorter 24"? stair saws. Nice looking collection.
  2. I order tools from Australia a couple times a year. The shipping can be steep, ie. $25, but they arive at my doorstep faster than most things ordered from the west coast US. The orders from AU get air shipped to NYC, then it's just a skip, hop, hop, jump to my house :)
  3. Very nice looking bench there. You should be proud to have built something that will last for decades.
  4. I'm up here on Cape Ann, well almost. You know, the other cape! :) At least the traffic isn't bad for you this time of year. Always brutal here :(
  5. I had a feeling that was the case. Because LV is out of stock, but the cheapest, and Wood Craft has it in stock but are the most $$. I'll place an order with RobC. over the boarder. His price isn't bad and he has them in stock. Plus I'll be helping him to feed all his kids!
  6. I've decided that I would like to add the #16000 Shapton Glass Stone to my setup. I realize that there expensive, but why is there huge price variations from vendor to vendor? I've seen the stone listed for as low as $132 to over $200. The accessories are even worse. I've seen the heavy holder selling for $59 to over $100! I know the demand is greater than the supply right now, but, these prices come from the top stores that we all use, and not eBay or shady outfits. Not being familuar with Shapton's prices I'm a little taken back. I often see a difference of maybe 10% on Norton, DMT, Sundries, etc. but what I'me seeing is a HUGE difference. Also, To all of the members who are in the path of Henri, Be Safe!
  7. 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 new tool!
  8. 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 wonderful person, artist, technician, businessman. He was also at the right place at the right time in history to make the most of his talents. I get to see the work of Philip Lowe, John Cameron, and several other furniture makers local to me, and it blows my mind that they also need to teach to survive.
  9. I have these and I'm happy with them.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. They also make carving and lettering chisels. They make the Chris Pye Signature Line.
  15. 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 These are the mid-cut There not cheap, but I find them worth the money. Nothing is worse than having the lower back spasms
  16. Hi Tom, Small world. I'm also a member of the NBPT Art Ass.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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?
  23. 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!!!
  24. 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.