|1. To clean leather strop-- Usually we have at least one carving knife that has a
good 90 degree angle on non cutting edge.
Hold the strop vertically on a piece of paper. Place the non cutting edge at the
top of the leather and move it
down the strop to remove the debris.Keep doing this until debris stops
falling from leather. Add new compound and your ready to sharpen your knives
|2. Carry a small First aid kit or a the very least Keep a small zip lock bag with some
small gauze pads and stretch tape to keep cut
held together and band aids. I've even seen black electrical tape used in an
|3. While carving faces or heads a mirror was found to be helpful to reflect the
opposite side of your carving to help keep ears etc. in the right place.
|4. When working with wood that is either too hard or to soft, to achieve good detail,
Use either de-natured alcohol or a 50/50 mix of rubbing alcohol and water applied to the area. Once the mixture is
absorbed into the wood, I find that it cuts much more easily.
|I don't think up
all of these tips.
I also share some of the club members ideas and these are presented at our regular
monthly business meeting Always remember Safety First