Clay Times Back Issues Vol. 21 Issue 99 - Winter/Spring 2015 - Page 37

The Most Popular Tools While teaching workshops, I often hear participants talking about their favorite tools. This has inspired me to contact a variety of toolmakers to find out which of their products have proved to be the most popular. BY VINCE PITELKA Shop Talk I Tool Times Bamboo Tools is a Canadian tool maker I have not covered before. Two of their products have been especially popular recently. Many of us do slab work, and of course we cut our slabs on canvas sheets or canvas-covered boards or tables. Bamboo Tools offers different size sheets of high-quality canvas permanently printed with a grid-pattern marked off in inches and feet. This is especially useful to anyone working with geometric slab forms, because it allows you to cut shapes quickly without templates. Another product in demand is their adjustable slump-mold set. The set I tested includes four sections with built-in clamps, marked off in inches and beveled at 120 degrees for slumping plates, bowls, or trays in any square or rectangular shape up to 17" including flange. Two other sets are available for hexagonal and octagonal shapes. Go to bambootools.com and click on “moulds” or “canvas” to see these items. Kentucky Mudworks tells me that in their Dirty Girls line of pottery tools, among the most popular are the Ergo-Thin cutoff wires, and I can testify to their quality and ergonomic advantages. I’ve tried all kinds from every maker, and these are my favorites. They come in 3½", 7", and 13" lengths. Dirty Girls reports that Dirty Girls Slab Bevel-Cutter their slab bevel-cutter has been in demand, with the advantage of cutting bevels at 30, 45, and 60 degrees, and the wire is adjustable and replaceable. Mudworks’ popular “Foot Fetish Rib” is very useful for defining a beaded edge at the foot, but I can’t help but think its popularity is partially due to the name. Mudworks does have a knack for clever names. In the broad range of MKM Pottery Tools, the HandRollers4Clay are the Dirty Girls Ergo-Thin Wires MKM HandRoller most popular product currently. I have pictured these rollers in recent columns, but you can see all of the hand rollers at mkmpotterytools.com. Another tool that has stood the test of time since first developed in 2003 is the MKM Decorating Disk, available in large and small sets. Each set includes a disk for shapes with even numbers of sides, plus one for odd numbers. These simple space divider disks have pencil holes continued on next page CLAYTIMES·COM n WINTER / SPRING 2015 37 BY VINCE PITELKA W hile teaching workshops, I often hear participants talking about their favorite tools. This has inspired me to contact a variety of toolmakers to find out which of their products have proved to be the most popular. Bamboo Tools is a Canadian tool maker I have not covered before. Two of their products have been especially popular recently. Many of us do slab work, and of course we cut our slabs on canvas sheets or canvas-covered boards or tables. Bamboo Tools offers different size sheets of high-quality canvas permanently printed with a grid-pattern marked off in inches and feet. This is especially useful to anyone working with geometric slab forms, because it allows you to cut shapes quickly without templates. Another product in demand is their adjustable slump-mold set. The set I tested includes four sections with built-in clamps, marked off in inches and beveled at 120 degrees for slumping plates, bowls, or trays in any square or rectangular shape up to 17" including flange. Two other sets are available for hexagonal and octagonal shapes. Go to bambootools.com and click on “moulds” or “canvas” to see these items. Dirty Girls Ergo-Thin Wires Dirty Girls Slab Bevel-Cutter MKM HandRoller their slab bevel-cutter has been in demand, with the advantage of cutting bevels at 30, 45, and 60 degrees, and the wire is adjustable and replaceable. Mudworks’ popular “Foot Fetish Rib” is very useful for defining a beaded edge at the foot, but I can’t help but think its popularity is partially due to the name. Mudworks does have a knack for clever names. most popular product curre ѱ丁$)ٔɕѡ͔ɽ́ɕ)յ̰Ёԁ͕ѡ)ɽ́Ёѕѽ̹()%ѡɽɅ5-4Aѕ)Q̰ѡ!I 䁅ɔѡ()ѡȁѽѡЁ́ѽѡ)ѕЁѥͥЁٕ(́́ѡ5-4Ʌѥͬ)مɝ͵̸͕)͕ЁՑ́ͬȁ͡)ݥѠٕյ̰́ͥ)ȁյ̸Q͔ͥ)٥ȁͭ́ٔ)ѥՕЁ() 1eQ%5O =4]%9QHMAI%9()-Ս5Ցݽɭ́ѕ́ѡ)ѡȁɱ́ѕ)ѽ̰ѡЁձȁɔ)ѡɝQѽݥɕ̰$)ѕѥѼѡȁՅ䁅ɝ)مх̸'eٔɥ́ɽ)ٕ䁵Ȱѡ͔ɔ)ٽɥѕ̸Q䁍 􈰀܈(̈ѡ̸ɱ́ɕ́ѡ()MQ$QQ()Q5ЁAձȁQ((((