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About WolverineWood

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On Etsy since 2015

A lifelong artisan

I first learned about woodworking and building from my carpenter grandfather. He showed me how patience and persistence, and an artisanal approach, result in beautiful objects. Wood is solid and strong, and yet plastic and workable. Its colours, figures and forms seem endless. Making attractive, long-lasting and useful objects from natural materials is deeply satisfying.

During my adult years I worked worldwide as a science educator in international development. I experienced many of the woods I now use in their natural form, in tropical and temperate forests. These resources are under pressure from human development, and we share a responsibility both to educate ourselves about them, and use them wisely. I spend considerable time finding and procuring unusual and rare woods from individuals and small operations in every corner of our planet.

My home-based workshop allows me to give full-time attention to individual building projects, whether shaveware and writing instruments, or children's toys and picture frames. Each project is self-contained from start to finish. I do not engage in production runs with multiple similar items. I want each piece I produce to reflect craftsmanship, attention to detail, and love of materials used.

Note: I do not copy typical complex profiles for my shaving instruments. You can find thousands of these if you prefer them. I design clean profiles and classical lines for several reasons: first, they are aesthetically pleasing; second, my designs are one-off pieces, not production-line repetitions (I would rather create one exceptional piece than a hundred uninspiring replicates); and, third, complex designs cannot be properly sanded to yield multi-layered and impeccable surfaces. Sanding (in my case under magnification) through many sandpaper and micro-abrasive stages is both time-consuming and demanding. A grit is first applied on a slow-turning piece; this leaves circular scores in pieces. I then stop the lathe and remove circular score-marks with careful length-wise sanding. This laborious work is repeated through every one of 26 stages of sanding. Further, each curve must be sanded separately. I use at least 36 coats (and sometimes up to 50) of acrylic finish to support this careful handwork. I do not use 'quick' friction polishes as they do not yield a deep, glassy finish, and wear off with continued use.

Please see my Facebook page for WolverineWood. Enter 'wolverinewood' (one word) at Facebook.com. The page contains updates about my Etsy shop and information that has no home at Etsy. If you 'like' WolverineWood, you'll be notified of new items as I create them, plus receive occasional information about rare and unusual wood, methods used to make writing and shaving instruments, and other related factoids.

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