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Nov 04 2014

Honoring Our Military Veterans

Evenfall Studios is U.S. Veteran owned. We appreciate the service of our nation’s Veterans.

We often hear slogans like “Freedom isn’t Free” or “It’s not a job, it’s an adventure”. Catchy slogans don’t always sum up what Military Service really is. Military Service is and is not like everyday life, and comes with serious strings attached.

The commitment, aspects of duty and obligation are that difference. For the Veteran, it becomes a developed psyche that really has to be lived to be fully understood. Veteran’s know, because they went, and they “served”, but that’s not exactly the half of it.

There are no two Veterans whose service to our country was exactly the same, but each contribution has significance. Most Veterans will tell you that there were fun times. They will also tell you that there were things they can’t or don’t want to share, often involving hours of boredom punctuated by moments of sheer terror. In between, there were many real time man hours spent somewhere they would have preferred not to be, doing something that wasn’t always pleasant.

It may have been combat or patrol, it may have been on or under water in a ship or submarine for months, It may have been flying for hours, or repairing aircraft or tanks in 100+ or -20 degree weather, day and night, rain and shine, and the list goes on and on. It is about the big things, and the little things.

Many things are predetermined by regulated routine, sometimes things do not go as planned. It all often does involve sacrifices that someone has to accomplish so that the big wheels continue to roll and enduring freedom continues.

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Sep 13 2014

On Sharpening Better – Part 3

Using materials in the sharpening process that cut fast, while retaining a flat sharpening surface is good criteria. This is why powered sharpening gear uses a platen beneath the abrasives, otherwise we would have no reference for our work, and desired results would be difficult to achieve with repeatability. While messy aspects of sharpening can not be completely eliminated, what if we could minimize them?

The mess and clutter of the ensemble that is sharpening gear, along with the associated set up and clean up of the process, so it works well is also in the equation. There is only so much space to begin with, and the mess becomes part of the inertia that causes us to wait longer than we should to sharpen in the first place.

Or we have precious little space to begin with, so we would have to stop and set a process aside in order to make space for sharpening, then do that, clean up and stow before resuming the woodworking process.

It isn’t any wonder why we avoid sharpening until the last minute, even as that makes the task as difficult to accomplish as any can be.

I don’t think it really has to be that way. I’ve developed some different ways of thinking about the sharpening process and some tools that help fit them. They reduce sharpening effort with no cost to edge quality.

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Sep 03 2014

Now available – New Shop Vacuum Tools and Accessories.

If you were to ask me what the most important tool in my shop is, I would have to say that it would be my entire shop. Because it takes my entire shop for me to do all that I can. Every machine, every tool is important.

But if you were to ask me which tool I use most in my shop, that’s easy, it would be the shop vacuum hands-down. I use the shop vacuum for dust collection on a number of different tools as well as for general cleanup, so that my shop is ready to use no matter what direction my next task takes me. It doesn’t make anything in particular, but my shop vacuum makes my entire shop work better, and my entire shop is my most important tool.

I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned about making what may be your most important tool, your shop, work better!

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Aug 28 2014

Recent New Tool Releases for Fall 2014

The 2014-2015 woodworking season is upon us, And we wanted to share a bit about what’s new here with everyone!

We have recently released a Sharpening Station System called the Magstrop™. It offers the ability to sharpen quickly and easily, using horse butt and suede leather strops, as well as glass platens for use with sandpaper’s from very coarse to microfine grits. The Magstrop sharpening system is expandable, and we have future plans for that but for now I’ll just say there is more coming soon.

We developed the Magstrop with several desires in mind…

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Aug 24 2014

On Sharpening Better Part 2

In my last post, I discussed sharpening and how changing our thinking about it as well as some of the gear used to perform it could be improved.

We covered steels and their improvements, Abrasives and their evolving improvements as well. I also touched on the learning process of sharpening, and how a lot of what we know about it comes through trial and error. When we find a sub process of sharpening that works for us, we stick with that, and usually that is good, and other times it can limit us so that we stop pushing to find better.

It is true, the sharpening process is a series of smaller processes, that depend on a lot of material factors, and the user’s experience of knowing which factor is being observed so the right process for that factor can be applied at the right time. This is an evaluative matrix of solutions that come from knowledge and experience. It can save us time, but if we miscalculate, we can spend more time. It is developed practice to be sure.

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Aug 20 2014

On Sharpening Better.

If we read and follow what is written on sharpening, we learn there have been debates. It’s all good, we all understand what we understand. It’s a developed perception, and those perceptions reflect what we understand at the point we’re at.

I am not here to debate. But I am here to share some thoughts I feel are worth considering if we want to become better at sharpening.

Depending on where one finds themselves on the sharpening learning curve, our current place on that curve is influential to our thinking on the matter. True, no matter if we are novice, proficient or between.

People are different. Some roll with the first thing that works for them and settle in. At the other end of the spectrum, are the adventurous who push the envelope, always. There is value in both types, and both can offer valuable advice and opinion. I’ve learned it is good to understand that there is always a mix, it is good to be willing to adapt, and more we can learn if we keep an open beginner’s mind.

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Aug 18 2014

Shooting Boards and Woodworking Safely.

Over the past several years I have received many inquiries regarding woodworking methods that are difficult to make safe. Believe me, being very fond of my fingers and their daily health is always in the forefront of my mind as a full time toolmaker.

Finger Hazard Warning

Some of the most common questions have been regarding working with short lengths of stock, and thin stock. Both of these sizes of wood not only commonly put our fingers in the near vicinity of rotating cutters on many different power tools and shop machines, but are also such that the power tool or shop machine can grab them and remove control from the operator.

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Aug 01 2014

Ben’s Mill. A documentary on many levels.

Published by under Documentary,Thoughts & Musings

Ben’s Mill is the story of a mill that had been used by generations, for generations- having evolved to meet the needs of a local marketplace and community.

Ben’s Mill is a story about a community that relied on a water powered wood processing mill, blacksmith and odd jobs shop to help them with things they needed to help them live their lives better, and easier.

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Jul 24 2014

Magstrop™ Sharpening Stations. New From Evenfall Studios

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The Magstrop™ Sharpening Station: Leather 50/50.

Think micro-abrasive compounds, emulsions, sprays.

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Jul 23 2014

Shooting Boards for Wide Board Work

We are now offering a shooting board that balances the need to shoot wide boards for casework and such, with good ergonomics for doing your best work.

Introducing the Wide Board Shooter™:

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The Wide Board Shooter is based on our original shooting board designs, with all the same attention to details and high accuracy that comes with them. These boards are 1.5 times (50%) longer with an overall length of 22-1/8th inches that provides shooting usability in the 18 inch width range.

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