Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Punching and Cutting

To simplify cutting, weavers and their glued-on templates are pre-punched with a triangular punch at the sharp indentations of the profile. I slightly rounded the forward corner of the punch with a file to give the cuts a gentler radius. After punching, making the remaining scallop-shaped cuts properly requires both left- and right-handed scissors or shears. Since I have never mastered left-handed scissors (with either hand,) I first make the easy right-handed cuts from the front, looking at the template. Then I flip the work over and make the completing cuts from the back side, working without the aid of the template.

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