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“Fascinated with the shapes and textures found in both newly-cut and long-dead pieces of wood, I envisioned a world composed entirely of these forms,” Foxwell told Colossal. “As I began to engage with the material, I conceived a method using a milling machine and an animation camera setup to scan through a wood sample photographically and capture its entire structure. Although a difficult and tedious technique to refine, it yielded gorgeous imagery at once abstract and very real. Between the twisting growth rings, swirling rays, knot holes, termites and rot, I found there is a lot going on inside of wood.”
In WW II my father was called up for service at the Pentagon where he was “in charge of the selection and procurement of tools used in overseas shops for the repair of fighting equipment.”
His son, Tom Vogt, my late half brother, left his studies at YaleUniversity
to join the first wave of air force pilots. He became an ace in the European theater.
My inventor dad must have been particularly aware of the challenges to aircraft, one being the failure of tires to hold up under the demanding wartime conditions. He patented a repair procedure and donated it to the US Air Force (application October 1943). Here follow some text and a picture of the basic mechanism. To read the patent, click here.
“The main object of my invention is to provide a simple apparatus in which newly applied patch or recapping material is brought to vulcanize or curing temperature uniformly throughout its cross section, whereby the interior or center portion of such material is cured for as long a time interval as the outer surface.
A further object is to provide a simple, comparatively light and readily portable unit for effecting the vulcanizing, and in which there is no power consumption except during the actual heating and vulcanizing action.
A further object is to provide a simple apparatus by which the duration of the application LO of heat may be varied for different areas, and in accordance with the thickness or other character of the rubber to be vulcanized at such areas, so that a uniform degree of vulcanization is obtained.
In carrying out my invention I employ high frequency electrostatic heating, the electrodes being disposed on opposite sides of the part to be vulcanized, and I preferably make one or both of the electrodes in the form of a roller which may move along the tire to be vulcanized, and apply the required pressure thereto.”
Bamboo is now used for the bearing and running surfaces on the Vogt Shooting Board. It is sealed with shellac, followed by Osmo Polyx-Oil, and then wax.
The final step in honing the secondary bevel for my shooting plane irons is to push them into the end grain of a Maple stick charged with 0.5 micron diamond paste and sliding side to side. This ensures that the burr is removed, while not dubbing the edge as stropping might. Shooting end grain puts a premium on having a keen edge.
I’ve got a good line up of shooting boards ready for Handworks 2017, as well as Planing Stops and Clamp Clips . One is especially adopted for a wood shooting plane that Ron of Brese Plane will have for the event.
Two after market band saw fences tug at my purse strings. The first is the Little Ripper, which holds small logs on a carriage.
I have seen Ethan Moore from Stockroom Supply (Mastodon Tools) demonstrate this at numerous shows, most recently at the Northeastern Woodworkers showcase in Saratoga Springs, where he and his mom, Cheryl, were in the booth next to mine. They drove down from Canada and were not allowed to carry wood across the border. This meant that they had to rely on scavenging material from the roadsides near their motel. What they brought to saw up was wet and funky, but the results of sawing were really impressive. As I have an inexhaustible supply of short, clear sections of logs from my tree plantings, this jig is in the cards for me.
I also liked their Round Ripper. Ethan was cutting nice bowls, some with tapered sides, all afternoon.
The other band saw slicer of great interest to me is the brand new Accu-Slice by SIS Woodworking Products, a new division of Scientific Instrument Service, one of the owners of which is a life long woodworker. This jig brings the art of sawing fine veneer to a new level. The quality of the cuts is quite impressive.
Both Mastodon Tools and SIS are constantly asked about blade drift and both respond that there simply isn’t any. SIS has made this video to explain in detail, and with the thoroughness you would expect from a scientific approach, why a sliding carriage is fundamentally different than a resaw fence.