Author: Russ Gooding

Quad Guides

Written by : Posted on April 28, 2020 : No Comments

I’ve been sitting on a half-conceived ramble about making quadrate guides for a long while. Simmering. Cooling Off. Cogitating.

Please take this ramble as I intended my original emails within this post to be taken. Take the words as helpful, as informative, as well-intentioned, and as an honest summation of why it is completely impractical for Golden Witch as a company, or for me as an individual craftsman, to offer quad guides. If you’re patient, if you read to the bottom of my longest email located near the end of this post, you might learn something worthwhile about tackling craft-oriented problems. Or not.

Here is Matt’s imaginative rendition of the elusive quad guide.

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COVID-19

Written by : Posted on March 19, 2020 : No Comments
My son, Angus, wrapped a used mask from his new day job around our bust of Aesculapius, a.k.a., Asclepius, the Greek god of the healing arts. The bust is a plaster cast of a marble head excavated from the Temple of Jupiter and it – the century-old cast – was used by a Philadelphia area art college until they stopped teaching traditional, Bargue-esque sight-size, drawing courses. We discovered the bust at an antique shop and picked it up for home-school art classes. These days Aesculapius watches over a corner of my office, our apotropaic charm against Covid-19. (The previous statement has not been evaluated by the FDA; use such charms against disease entirely at your own risk)

New Note 5/16/20. Hey there, we’re still ticking along here in Pennsylvania – healthy and busy. There’s a bitter dispute between our County level government, which claims we’re re-opening on Monday the 18th of May, and our State level government, which has condemned the County-wide rejection of PA’s onerous shut down regulations. At present, GW remains open as an E-commerce business. We are now scheduling curbside pick-up of bamboo orders. This is a nothing-fancy way to save on shipping if you’re local enough to drive to the warehouse, but we are not yet having clients inside the warehouse, so you don’t get to pick your culms.

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The GW Bamboo Torch, Reviewed by The Planing Form

Written by : Posted on November 7, 2018 : No Comments

The Planing Form

 

Product Review:  Golden Witch Bamboo Torch

Kirk Brumels reviews the GW Bamboo Torch.

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Attribution, Thanks, Continuance

Written by : Posted on October 17, 2016 : No Comments

Attribution, Thanks, Continuance – The Ramble

This ramble concerns attribution, as well as certain liberties we take here at Golden Witch.  If you write to us through the contact form on the GW website, or through any of our business emails, you may be quoted – we attribute your name to your words.  If you’re a nice person, this won’t bother you.  If you’re a bad apple, well, so much the worse for you.  There’s also a bit of soapbox grandstanding on the themes of acknowledging debt, saying thanks, and teaching others as the only true path forward.

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Bluing, Bronzing, & Clear Coating

Written by : Posted on September 5, 2016 : No Comments

Bluing, Bronzing, & Clear Coating For Rodmakers

BB & CC, or, Oxide Finishes and Protective Boundaries

 

Scope.

This ramble will be limited to cold bluing suitable for the home shop or low volume custom rodmaker’s shop.  There are several points worth noting.  First,

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Just a Few Guide Notes…

Written by : Posted on April 26, 2016 : No Comments

Just a few guide notes for now….

On Sizing Tiptops: Here’s some basic info you need for synthetic and bamboo blanks. Tips are sold in nominal 64ths of an inch, by one-half/64 increments, e.g., 3.5/64, 4/64, 4.5/64…you get the picture. To fetch this nominal size from the blank on your bench, you need to do math.

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Inking Signatures

Written by : Posted on March 19, 2016 : No Comments

Inking Signatures…On Pre-Varnished Blanks & More

This ramble is going to start off with a simple question and a response by Russ.  We’ll probably add more detailed information over time.  For the moment, this is a good example of why we don’t take tech questions over the phone – because responses evaporate as they’re spoken – and a good example of how we will respond if you email us.  It might take a day or two, but if someone here knows the answer, or can guide you in the right direction, you’ll get a thorough response.   Eventually, it is highly likely that your question will be the stimulus for another ramble, like this one, and that way many makers can benefit from the time it takes us to respond.  Really, it’s good for everyone.

I forgot ask you for some advice earlier, hope you don’t mind – I’m working on a pre-varnished blank, and wondered what the best way to go about signing the rod might be. I’m a bit nervous about trying to scuff the area and sign, would hate to possibly damage the blank. Also not sure if I could just sign directly on the finish as it is. Thanks for any suggestions – very appreciated!

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Transparent & Translucent Wraps

Written by : Posted on March 19, 2016 : No Comments

Finishing For Transparent/Translucent Wraps – Let’s make one thing clear….

 
There is a difference between transparent and translucent. We need to define terms. Yes, I know this is rather elementary, or, worse, pedantic, but considering how often I see folks writing about “transparent red wraps,” the difference between transparent and translucent is worth exploring. In addition to being a Luddite (really, I’m not – it’s just that I appreciate the high art of old fashioned technology as much or more than I appreciate new-fangled things, like websites and my kids’ dueling nano-drones), I’m also, according to my tech-addled children, a word-nerd. The most prominent book in my library is the Oxford English Dictionary…not the eye-numbing “Compact” edition with its micrographically reproduced text and the reading glass in the slip-case, but the twenty volume second edition that takes up two shelves within my largest barrister.

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Bamboo Blank Adhesives

Written by : Posted on March 17, 2016 : No Comments

Bamboo Blank Adhesive Options – A Particularly Brief Ramble

Regarding adhesives: we don’t sell any adhesives for gluing up bamboo blanks.  A long while back we sold blank adhesives, but we learned the hard way that any delamination could wind up costing the company a good client, despite blank adhesives being a product we had no control over after they left the shop, i.e., storage conditions, usage past expiration, application technique, cure temps, etc.  Blank adhesives were a low dollar, low margin product with very expensive ramifications.  Guys can handle cutting off a few wraps that went sour, re-wrapping & re-varnishing; but when a blank delams, sane fellows blow their gourd.  Not being copraphages, we don’t need that sort of mess on our plates.  We offer no usage advice except this: follow the instructions of the adhesive manufacturer because they have a vested interest in your success and their usage advice is tested over both time and a myriad of applications.  This said, we don’t mind sharing current sources.

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Insight Into Stripping Guide Frame Styles….

Written by : Posted on March 15, 2016 : No Comments

Four Frames – Insight into frame styles, with particular reference to our Vintage and Classic Wide series of agate & agatine stripping guides.

A little while back a client was asking about the four frame styles currently grouped under the “Classic Wide” guides. First, it is worth noting that the Classic Wide guides are a natural extension of our wide-ring vintage series guides. Basically the Classic Wide is the same group of bezels/frames, but using fresh cut stones rather than vintage rings…this really opened up the options in terms of both color and size. Whereas most of the vintage rings are Red, Red, or Red, and nearly all are 10mm OD, the new Classic Wide stones are available in a range of stone colors and in three popular sizes: 9mm, 10mm, & 11mm.

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