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Old 10-29-2018, 09:21 PM
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Using "green" wood freshly cut always helps and then soak it well in a big bucket of water.
I don't know of anyone using 6" graphite blocks much.
Cast iron is still a good bet for getting a rough skin after initial gathering. Cast iron is used on a setup that allows it to be submerged in water between uses. That was the procedure that the old factories used. Some factories used cast aluminum blocks this same way.
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Old 10-29-2018, 10:38 PM
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Graphite? Plenty of good sources for round blocks that will last a lifetime
Not a substitute for wood. Different effect on the glass
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Old 10-30-2018, 08:42 AM
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Agreed, grainy.
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Old 10-30-2018, 09:41 AM
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I've been making my own wood tools for years. Mountain cherry for blocks when I have a good supply. It works great green. Avoid the sapwood as it seems to leave scum on the glass (happened with pacioffi sticks). The ash dowels I can get at the home center work great and are easier than making my own from logs (I've passed the make yer own satisfaction on that one I guess).
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Old 10-30-2018, 03:58 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.
osage orange has this weird almost braided grain that makes it really really difficult to machine.
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i may try to get a wood turner friend to make be a hedge{ osage orange } block to see how it works . Might try black locust also. If a do I will report back.
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Old 11-01-2018, 02:18 AM
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I'm really liking the Madrone blocks from Leviathan blocks.

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Old 11-01-2018, 11:55 AM
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Has anyone tried these blocks from Leviathan Designs? I met him in Murano at the tech section.
https://www.leviathanglassworks.com/store/glass-block
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Old 11-01-2018, 12:49 PM
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Osage Orange or as the guys in Indiana and Illinois like to call it "Hedge Apple" make a good block that last as longer than anything out there. It smokes very little but it is one heck of a bugger to get in larger chunks and is as hard as a coffin nail.

It is really strange I was just having this conversation with someone that made them out of Osage Orange for a couple of guys in the Midwest and really really thought it was by far the base stuff he had ever used for it.
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Old 11-01-2018, 01:02 PM
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I continue to prefer the Washington Post.
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Old 11-02-2018, 01:57 AM
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Has anyone tried these blocks from Leviathan Designs? I met him in Murano at the tech section.
https://www.leviathanglassworks.com/store/glass-block
Very interesting, never heard of the company. They look awesome, especially that handle design.
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Old 11-02-2018, 01:24 PM
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Has anyone tried these blocks from Leviathan Designs? I met him in Murano at the tech section.
https://www.leviathanglassworks.com/store/glass-block
Iíve used them side by side with round blocks and blockhead Swedish blocks at Glassybaby, and personally found them lacking for production of said candleholders. However I do see numerous coworkers prefer them, and they do seem to burn much slower. The shape it gives glass seem pretty ideal for setting up for more gathers as well. In the end, itís all preference though.
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Old 11-02-2018, 06:15 PM
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Agreed, grainy.
Yes, the traditional graphite is grainy and coarse. Weaver industries makes and still sells that grade of paperweight block. The ones Im using now are VERY high density and there is zero grain on the surface. Like glass and zero residue. I have had mine for 5 years and the working surfaces still look like the day I bought them. Best thing is no water and no wax. I have used both wood and graphite for many years and I would never go back to wood.
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Old 11-06-2018, 02:08 PM
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I am testing out a set of the Leviathan Blocks in the near future(ordered them about 2 weeks ago).

I will report back.
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Old 11-18-2018, 02:18 PM
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Madrone Blocks-LeviathanGlassWorks.com

Hi All
I am Iven May, LeviathanGlassWorks.com, just joined CraftWeb, I am making the next generation of blocks, molds, out of madrone which last almost twice as long. My handles are quite unique as well. I also make custom brass stamps and do custom work. I didn't want this to be an add just information.

Here to help and if you have any questions I am here.
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Old 11-18-2018, 02:47 PM
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welcome to the board. I'm sure people will have lots of questions for your products. Best to confine such sales, etc to the classified section of the board.

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Old 11-18-2018, 04:44 PM
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Welcome to the group.... it was a pleasure meeting you in Murano. I hope that you can fill a void in the market since Gary passed away....
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Old 11-18-2018, 05:52 PM
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I just had to make some spheres recently and my wooden blocks were a bit shabby. I glued up a length of cork tile onto a flat of timber and drilled various sizes of holes along the edge with a hole saw. Works like a charm, I was quite surprised. Mileage may vary I guess, but it was a quick fix.
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