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  • Doug Linker Bench Top Tool Caddy

    In the spirit of the immortal words of "Crocodile Dundee", " Now this a tool caddy!" On another post here on the forum we were recently discussing bench top tool caddies and then this morning on checking Doug Linker's videos on You Tube I discovered that in his latest video he had built himself a tool caddy for his carving desk. Notice the size of his caddy. The average wing span of a man when both hands are extended out to the sides is about one fathom or six feet. It looks as if his tool caddy is as long as his span. Now I really am jealous. I don't even have a carving surface that big! Ha! Ha! Ha!

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  • #2
    my wife gives me the space of a brown paper bag to store my stuff so yeah im jealous, my biggest gripe is having to go to the basement, comouter room, family room and garage to find something. I always had the garage as my work area and then she reitred and insists that car of hers stays parked in the garage all day - scratch one work area

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    • #3
      I'd like to hear his thoughts about packing up to do a carving demonstration.
      Brian T

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      • #4
        That is his most recent post and I think he mentioned the bench is 4 ft. long...massive size for me and wish I had the real estate. I'm a lot more limited.
        Bill
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        • #5
          Hello Brian, Looking at all the responses. I do not have much in carving demos, but in the past as a public speaker and demonstrating in various programs. The first thing to do is keep it simple. I started in 1990 doing Asphalt demos. and tried to have every thing I could to "show off" , well that was a mistake I packed all my papers and information and had a heck of a time doing what I Thought THEY would need. I would suggest ,for you, to take some samples, a couple of blank cutouts and expaine so tell your audience that everyone has their owe way of doing or a pattern ideas. You will learn and find how fun it is to "show off"
          ' how to' . Have fun and don't worry, I found if they don't know they will ask and learn, and make it short for them to ask questions. Good luck.
          Chuck
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          • #6
            Thanks for your thoughts. I'll still carry far more tools than I need with a single project to work on.
            I learned that the First Nations carvers are the only ones who pause at my table. They can sit and
            talk tools and wood and tools, all day long! I like that.
            Brian T

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            • #7
              I often think about whittlers and carvers from the past. Maybe one or at best a few knives, a stone, and they did remarkable work. Even look at early Native Americans and the crude tools they had. Sometimes I think we substitute tools for skills ( I'm guilty also) and wonder what type of carvings we could do with what the people of long ago used?

              Interesting discussion. BTW, Doug said he only use a very few tools (3-4?) of his entire spread shown.
              Bill
              Living among knives and fire.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Brian T View Post
                I'd like to hear his thoughts about packing up to do a carving demonstration.
                Brian.... You need to go back through his You Tube videos. When he does one of his "coffee and carving" shows he's usually out in the middle of nowhere with just a knife and a V-tool and/or gouge, much like Gene Messer in his videos.

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                • #9
                  Also Doug usually uses one knife but tries various ones from different manufacturers; Helvie, OCC, Drake, etc. He seems to do great work with whatever he uses...wishes that were me.
                  Bill
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                  • #10
                    My carving caddy is about the size of a lunch box!
                    Keep On Carvin'
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                    • #11
                      Native American tools made a profound leap with the jump from Neolithic, straight into the iron age.
                      And, it sure was not too many centuries ago, either.
                      Museums have made certain to record the proliferation of crafts since then.

                      Despite the great cultural differences between east and west, native carvers need very few tools.
                      I see that they use a lot more now (chainsaws and gouges) for the sake of speed and convenience.
                      But the small selection of traditional tools (adzes, crooked knives and straight knives) is
                      always close at hand.

                      As I suspect, nobody approaches a demo with a requirement to need to use 10-20 different edges.

                      When I get back to my McBride home, I need to work on some new birch tool handles.
                      I think a spoke shave, a skew and a crooked knife will be enough.
                      Brian T

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by rickm View Post
                        my wife gives me the space of a brown paper bag to store my stuff so yeah im jealous, my biggest gripe is having to go to the basement, comouter room, family room and garage to find something. I always had the garage as my work area and then she reitred and insists that car of hers stays parked in the garage all day - scratch one work area
                        Rick,

                        Not sure what to say? My wife bought a house with a third bay for a work area and then built on a sunroom so I’d have ac/heated carving space with a view. Hmmm? Did you like forget her birthday or something?


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