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Old 06-03-2015, 06:05 PM   #21
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Thanks Karl, I'll keep that in mind. I have a stone yard nearby and they had some fine grained sandstone and granite that looked like it would cut nicely. I plan on pecking away asap!
Ohio/Berea sandstone and Indiana Limestone are naturals as well for lettering. Can often find small off cuts from sills and whatnot at suppliers for cheap, good for practicing since you don't need big pieces.
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Well,
I've followed in your footsteps and ordered a set of lettering chisels for myself. (Happy Birthday to me...)
Unfortunately, hands on lettering workshops seem to be few and far between, so I'll also be doing the 'self-taught' thing... hopefully not developing too many bad habits along the way. If we lived in England however, lettering courses seem to be available on a weekly basis. Good excuse for an overseas vacation/business trip perhaps?

Any thoughts on a brand/source for good diamond whetstones for sharpening?
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Found these two videos to be quite interesting/informative...

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www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAnIugMviQ4

very Zen-like...
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Well,
I've followed in your footsteps and ordered a set of lettering chisels for myself. (Happy Birthday to me...)
Unfortunately, hands on lettering workshops seem to be few and far between, so I'll also be doing the 'self-taught' thing... hopefully not developing too many bad habits along the way. If we lived in England however, lettering courses seem to be available on a weekly basis. Good excuse for an overseas vacation/business trip perhaps?

Any thoughts on a brand/source for good diamond whetstones for sharpening?
Is there nothing in and around Haliburton? They have a lot of artistic summer stuff going on don't they
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Well,
I've followed in your footsteps and ordered a set of lettering chisels for myself. (Happy Birthday to me...)
Unfortunately, hands on lettering workshops seem to be few and far between, so I'll also be doing the 'self-taught' thing... hopefully not developing too many bad habits along the way. If we lived in England however, lettering courses seem to be available on a weekly basis. Good excuse for an overseas vacation/business trip perhaps?

Any thoughts on a brand/source for good diamond whetstones for sharpening?
I haven't got a piece of stone to hack on yet, but I will by next weekend.

Did you order that workbook? I was just reading it a few minutes ago and it's a big help, especially with the drawing part. Try and get some of the transfer paper too.

As for sharpening, I'm going to use my diamond pads for my polisher. They are the electroplated diamond polishing pads and I use them on my carbide stone chisels. They are nice because they don't heat up the carbide and take away the learning curve of the whetstone. Here's a link to a site I've bought them from.

http://www.toolocity.com/4-electropl...hing-pads.aspx
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These are cool too...

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Is there nothing in and around Haliburton? They have a lot of artistic summer stuff going on don't they
Unfortunately nothing available this year. There are courses on walling and sculpture though... I'll keep my ears open.
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Did you order that workbook? I was just reading it a few minutes ago and it's a big help, especially with the drawing part. Try and get some of the transfer paper too.
I didn't order the workbook but did find a place locally where it's available... about a couple of hours away, so next time I'm in that neighborhood I'll grab it. I ordered the Tom Perkins book from an online Canadian retailer...surprisingly half the price of the John Neal version.
...and yes...ordered the transfer paper.

A friend of mine who's into wood carving/sign making had a suggestion; (if you're a 'purist' cover your ears) when doing 'layout' he'll often go to a graphics place that does vinyl lettering for vehicles and get them to layout on the computer and then print the result on 'low-tack' vinyl which he can then position over his work piece, remove the 'negative', and trace the inside of the lettering. Sounds like it would save a lot of time if you just want to dive right in to the carving of a more complicated piece without the calligraphy learning curve...
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That Tom Perkin book is great too..I got that one on Amazon a while ago. That's an interesting idea on layout, and one I may explore if I get frustrated with transferring letters.

Have you seen the brush pens JNB sells? That might be something to play around with too.
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A friend of mine who's into wood carving/sign making had a suggestion; (if you're a 'purist' cover your ears) when doing 'layout' he'll often go to a graphics place that does vinyl lettering for vehicles and get them to layout on the computer and then print the result on 'low-tack' vinyl which he can then position over his work piece, remove the 'negative', and trace the inside of the lettering. Sounds like it would save a lot of time if you just want to dive right in to the carving of a more complicated piece without the calligraphy learning curve...
That's what my cousin did for monuments, he had a printer at home that could cut it rather than going out to have it done. He was doing sandblasting so it's a very different but that's how he got his letters anyway.

Do you have a link for that vendor Bytor?
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Do you have a link for that vendor Bytor?
The Tom Perkins book I found at Chapters.ca for $36.20 CDN including shipping and tax vs. $50 US plus exchange rate, shipping and duty etc. from John Neal Books.
Turns out the Richard Grasby woorkbook is no longer available from the place in Fergus, ON where I though I'd found it... Might have to bite the bullet and get that one from John Neal Books.

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