Sharpening Support Stand

For those who use my aluminum sharpening system, I recently developed a support for the plates.  Made from aluminum, four cap head screws clamp the plates securely, yet it is quick to switch them. The rubber feet keep it from sliding around on the workbench and help keep it clean. The height, 1.5 inches, gives hand and finger clearance when sharpening, especially when working perpendicular to a workbench. This is what I use to make all of my knives, although I have dedicated stands for each of the four grits I recommend.

1. $140.00 for the complete sharpening system. Includes: Sharpening stand, two aluminum plates, 5 strips of 2 x 11 inch 3M microfinishing film, a two sided horsbutt/ calf strop, and .5 micron honing compound .

2. $100.00 for the sharpening system without the stand.

3. $40.00 for the sharpening stand.

Unusual Leather Decoration

Kristen St. John, a book conservator at UCLA, has an intriguing post on their Preservation blog.  She has found an unusual method of leather decoration.  The book is French, from 1753.  It appears to be some kind of block print, although it she mentions it might be a stencil.  There are many more pictures on the blog, including some close ups. I haven’t seen any decoration like this before, and there is no reference in either Diderot, Dudin or Gauffecourt about the use of stencils in leather decoration, in eighteenth century bookbinding. ?

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J-V Capronnier de Gauffencourt, Traite de la Relieure des Livres, W. Thomas Taylor, Austin, 1987.

Diderot & d’Alembert, Encyclopedie, Neufchatel [Paris], 1765.

Dudin, M. The Art of the Bookbinder and Gilder, The Elemente Press, Leeds, 1977.

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