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PRESENTER
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Jim Lemcke of Texas Knifemaker's Supply was a cut above when he kept members on edge about the science of knife blades and techniques of making handles for knives. Jim provided several examples. He also answered the question regarding what is "stabilized" wood.  The wood is placed in a vacuum chamber where it is immersed in resin, basically Resionol.  A vacuum is pulled so the resin enters all the pores of the wood. Then it is heated and dried resulting in a stable piece that won't warp, twist or bend which is what you need for a knife handle.  Jim also talked about the process of tempering and hardening.

If you'll notice the blade in the top, left photo is wrapped in blue.  All sharp edged blanks provided to customers are wrapped to protect not only the integrity of the blade edge but the customer - knifemakers who cut themselves don't make happy customers.

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SHOW and TELL PROJECTS

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Steve Wavro crafted this wonderful intarsia wreath of yellowheart, western red cedar, and walnut. 

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              Butterflies grace this cross of 3/16 inch plexiglass.  Glen Edwards apologized for it not being of wood but as with the spirit of the man who this cross represents, all is forgiven. 

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See finished boat:  August Projects

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            Bill White can do a pretty good frame job - crooks beware.  Wormwood from Alabama, maple and bore ("bore ray") from South America are the woods he used.  And, yes, Bill snapped those framed photos.  What did you expect, Bill conducts the photography splinter group.     L1000935.JPG (178959 bytes) L1000944.JPG (153277 bytes)

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