On the advice of the folks at McClains, I have been stropping all
during the carving process when I work and have had to actually
sharpen my woodcut tools ... never. And I've had these tools since the
Richard Steiner workshop in Portland in, what, 2007 or 8? I do have
one of those wonderful electric sharpeners that McClains sells and
have the leather stropping disk on it and use that as well before
starting a project each day. I then have a hand one near me as I
carve. Have never put one of the many sharpening disks on the Shop
Sharp (I think that's what it's called.)
Have now started to use the same process on my wood engraving tools
though they do need a bit of Arkansas stone on occasion. But hey, I'm
new to wood engraving and mainly (except for one workshop with Toru
Sugita) winging it.
Anyway ... Good stuff, leather and the green 'rouge' that one puts on
Today is the day to DO IT!