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Old 11-08-2017, 09:59 AM
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Anyone making round blocks these days?

I see that Gary's hotblocktools.com website is still online, so does that mean someone else has taken over that biz since he's passed? If not, anyone know if round blocks are made for sale by someone these days? I've contacted someone at Blockhead tools who say they are working on some to add to their lineup but aren't sure when they'll be offered. Thanks.
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Old 11-08-2017, 11:22 AM
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Sweetwater Glass makes blocks. Pete is a big fan
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Old 11-08-2017, 11:39 AM
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Art Reed makes a fine product and is really a nice guy as well.
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Old 11-08-2017, 12:09 PM
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Those were really nice blocks. And very reasonably priced.
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Old 11-08-2017, 12:17 PM
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Can you buy directly from Art? His website hasn't changed since 2004! No blocks listed on it....
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Old 11-08-2017, 01:08 PM
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Part of what I love about Art. He does indeed make them and he also makes blowing molds. I think his clear glass Jersey style was some of the nicest table work I can every recall.
You just gotta ask... which I just did. Lets see what he says.
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Old 11-08-2017, 01:53 PM
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When I worked at Wheaton, a man named Bob Broschart would make us round blocks, getting on in years and certainly didn't have a website - but if you're interested I can get his number / status from Donny.

Here's a video of him turning molds and blocks from the NJ Public Television-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mo8l29wlzTw&t=2s
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Old 11-09-2017, 08:14 AM
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Art is indeed still making blocks, molds and other tools. Here's his email that I used to get in touch:
artlindareed@catskill.net
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Old 11-09-2017, 08:36 AM
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Old 11-09-2017, 02:25 PM
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Thanks Craftweb gang. Just got in touch with Art who said he can make those for me.
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Old 11-09-2017, 02:34 PM
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I have asked him to make me a few molds for the whisky glasses I am popping the tops off of.
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Old 10-24-2018, 10:20 PM
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Part of what I love about Art. He does indeed make them and he also makes blowing molds. I think his clear glass Jersey style was some of the nicest table work I can every recall.
You just gotta ask... which I just did. Lets see what he says.
I met Art at Noel Clark's National Craft shows in Frederick & Gaithersburg MD in the mid to late 70's....1 day wholesale & 2 or 3 days retail. It was a good starting point for my business which has remained small. Art made faceted silver glass vases at the time which were very nice.
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Old 10-25-2018, 10:00 PM
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Just received a box from him today. Have not had time to unpack it. It was about 5 to 6 weeks of waiting but got a nice apology right before he sent them. If they are anywhere as nice as his glass looks I am sure i will be pleased.
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Old 10-26-2018, 12:32 AM
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He sent me three blocks a few months ago--9, 11 and 14. Some assembly required--you have to knock the handles into the blocks yourself. But that lets you orient the handles however you prefer (they're not symmetrical). I asked Art to thin them out a little (I'll trade longevity for a lighter block) and he did a great job. Very nice blocks.
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Old 10-26-2018, 08:12 AM
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Walt Evans, Gary Guidosh and Art have always had you put the handles in your self. Having never used a block larger than six inch diameter, I can't recall ever seeing a laminated wood one. We did have a tree truck one when I was apprenticing. It was about 14 inch as I recall. Stationary, about 30 inches tall of apple wood.
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Old 10-26-2018, 08:42 AM
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Blockhead just started making a round paperweight block that they are credting to a Walter Evans design.
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Old 10-26-2018, 10:32 AM
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Yikes……$100bucks for a 3.5”
Anyone ever use a graphite spray on them?
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Old 10-26-2018, 12:09 PM
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I have three big buckets of pretty new blocks that have been in water a mere 12 years. Do aged ones sell for more? Is this anything like Whisky?
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Old 10-26-2018, 12:35 PM
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Three blocks from Art Reed...3.5 inch marble block on left , number 10 Swedish block in front ,3.5 inch German style block back right. Cut from trunk with grain going up and down . Flat sides cut across the grain.
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Old 10-29-2018, 08:03 AM
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Nice looking photos Cecil, blocks look good too. I’ve snooped around a bit and can’t find any info if the wood grain direction matters.
I turned 2 round blocks yesterday and used a handle from a burned out egg block from blockhead. I put kind of a knob handle on the other one. We’ll see how it goes, I laminated 3- 1” pieces of ash to form the block.
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Old 10-29-2018, 09:25 AM
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How well does Ash absorb water?
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Old 10-29-2018, 01:50 PM
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I've always heard that Cherry, apple, or pear seem to work the best due the sugary cellulose within the grain. Other hardwoods don't seem to fare as well.
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Old 10-29-2018, 02:01 PM
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i remember hearing that fruit wood was used because the winter and summer growth was more equal so when it burned it would make a smoother surface. i don't know if there is any truth to that explanation. i have made my own blocks before from apple and have wondered if black locust might be a good wood to try or even osage orange which is very dense.

I have used a paperweight board which is a board that just has a hole drilled through it to make spheres that are larger than the hole in the board. Using a cross section of a limb with a hole drilled through the face could be used also to make spheres.
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Old 10-29-2018, 06:52 PM
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Graphite? Plenty of good sources for round blocks that will last a lifetime
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Old 10-29-2018, 07:46 PM
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Maybe the best wood would be from a pre-water-logged-tree laying in the bottom of the river....cut it, shape it and get it back in the water bucket before it dries and goes out of round.

I pinned and laminated the blank thinking it might do better...we’ll see


Larry, I have 2 graphite round blocks but was thinking to use a wood block to rough the shape in and finish with the graphite
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