March 02, 2008
Firebird: Slow Ride
Slow going this time around. First, because I've had almost zero time this weekend to work on the block, and second because doing the key block is turning out to be a real bitch. I've tried using a traditional Japanese knife and all of my 3 V-gouges with equally poor results. Little bits of the block were chipping out in the wrong places. I finally flipped the block over, one of the pluses of working with wood, retraced my design, and began again with an X-acto knife. So far so good for now but really time consuming and not for tired eyes, which mine seem to have been these last few days.
On the bright side, at least it'll give time for the new all-shina blocks I ordered last week to arrive.