What's Your Favorite Tool
Posted 17 August 2010 - 11:41 PM
Posted 18 August 2010 - 06:21 AM
Great thread Charles! I always pick up some new ideas for stuff to "appropriate" for use in the studio when this topic comes up. :-)
To my mind, there are two categories of tools I use in the studio: 'proper' pottery tools and "non pottery' pottery tools. I did a blog post on the latter with my top 5 (which can be seen here: http://nickandmiri.w...y-pottery-tools ). My favorite "can't do without for either throwing or hand-building" tool in the studio is my chamois (cut from a large 'car polishing/detailing' cloth). My favorite proper pottery tool is my griffin-grip. It has changed my attitude about trimming (I really enjoy it now) and is a real time saver for me. Second place? My Sherill flexible ribs
Curious to hear other folks' favorites! :-)
All the best,
Posted 19 August 2010 - 11:51 AM
Posted 20 August 2010 - 09:53 AM
I have to vote for hands too. Most of my pots are wheel thrown and although it can be done without hands, they are the most used and adaptable "tool" in my inventory. Second favorite, my wiggle wire.
Posted 20 August 2010 - 10:31 AM
That was my first reaction to the question too.
The second reaction ....out side of the hands........ was whatever tool I happen to be using at the moment that is "getting the job done". It can change at a moment's notice.
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Posted 24 August 2010 - 02:37 PM
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p.s. or if I want to get fancy I use the credit-card shaped rib, the semi-circle rib, and the wooden knife tool instead of the triangular rib. I always use rosewood tools, the do well if I forget and leave then in the water.
pps - seawool just gets better the longer you have it around, I try not to use too much of it as it is environmentally very precious
ppps - if I had to use one tool and one tool only it would probably be the kiln. I could get rid ofa ll the rest and still get by. The kiln is indispensible.
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