3.16.2010

Something to share..

I'm not one for having a lot of tools in fact, I use to laugh at the huge boxes my students would bring to class with everything under the sun in them. I spent almost every class borrowing something because I just didn't come with all my favorite tools every week. Pretty much all I throw with is a sponge, wooden cut tool, fetlin' knife, small trimming tool, needle tool and a metal rib that I use for everything under the sun. At the potters conference I picked up these two new tools. I just kept picking them up and looking at them while I was at the conference so I thought I might as well try something new. This trimming tool is made out of bicycle spoke and they say it never rusts. Guess we'll see since I'm not one to clean my tools that often. The other tool is just for scoring. I score alot with anything I can find really...pens, needle tool and my metal rib with the teeth ( when I can find it!)

I've been enjoying these I must admit!

Off to turn up the kiln. Looks like Mr. Philbeck is really cleaning the place up for my arrival this weekend. Better show up with some good work!

10 comments:

Kip said...

I do a lot of scoring too and I am a HUGE fan of the scoring tool. I just had to get a new one because I broke off two of the wires from using it so much!

claydancer said...

I'm just the opposite. I have way too many tools and gadgets. It is actually time to start getting rid of them. I like to use the cheap onion holders with the tines and a plastic holder. I break it into three pieces and then I have a few scoring tools to go around.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

a bicycle spoke, whoa :)

Linda Starr said...

I have a fishing tackle box full of tools I use most of the time and a serrated rib but that scoring tool you show would be handy too.

Lori Buff said...

I like the idea of recycling the wheel spoke (pun intended, sorry, I couldn't resist). How well does it work for trimming?

jimgottuso said...

the spoke tool is interesting looking... i wonder how well it works. love those flower blocks in the previous post.

Michael Kline said...

I have one of these spoke trimming tools (that Tom Turner gave me after his trip to China)but find it tends to bite into soft clay. It makes a good "chattering" tool. I have been using it over the past winter and works better on a little harder clay.

It won't rust because bicycle spokes are usually made from stainless.

Ron said...

Yes, I am slaving away here!! Just washing down the dusty shelves in the showroom and reserving some for your lovely pots. Looks like you have some goodies!

andrea said...

I want to try the trimming tool! Looks awesome! Good luck this weekend. Your work looks superb. You rock Jenn.

hearts,

andrea

Patricia Griffin said...

Any tool that won't rust sounds pretty good. I'm in the midst of moving my studio, and dang if I don't have a bunch of rusty tools!