Author Archives: Barry Biesanz

Brush fire behind Biesanz Woodworks

In 1999 the sawdust pile caught fire, and we couldn’t put it out. We emptied out our water tank on it; no luck. We hired a water transport truck and dumped that on it – three times. Finally we hired a backhoe and had it move the sawdust around while we poured water on. That did the trick. Took four days total.

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Thoughts on woodturning tools

One of the early articles in Fine Woodworking
magazine quoted Bob Stocksdale, the pioneering American craft turner, that he almost never used anything but a deep gouge, a round nose scraper, and a parting tool. Everything else he called, “Just one more thing to pick up and put down.” I liked his attitude, but like most of us, I was a sucker for the Latest Thing, and ended up with a lot of stuff I’ve never used. Here’s what I do use.

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