Ira Goldberg


The first is a Non-magnetic Screwdriver made from Soft Maple and finished in shellac and wax. It was used to tune a MRI system where the use of a magnetic screwdriver would have been very difficult.
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A Seam Ripper with a large handle to be easy on the hands.
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A Wooden Iron is used to crease seams while sewing pieces together for quilts. (Wooden irons that are available in stores are typically oak. However, after being used for several projects, the large open grain at the bevel tents to damage fine fabrics. Make is a finer grain and avoids this problem.)
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a Sley Hook is made from Black Ash and finished with sealer and polyurethane applied on a lathe.
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This is a Thread Spindle made from Thomas Jefferson's Cherry Trees at Monticello. The finish is Shellac sealer applied on the lathe, followed by polyurethane and wax. The spindle fits on the thread spindle of a sewing machine so that the sewing machine can accommodate a larger inside-diameter spool.
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Crochet Hooks made from local Walnut and Albers Avocado. The finish is shellac and wax applied on the lathe.
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Finally, this Thread Spool Holder is made from Carob (the base) and Honduras Rosewood. The finish is shellac and wax on a lathe. This holds a small, medium, or large spool or cone of thread to elevate the thread so that it will it in the loops on top of a sewing machine. Typically, sewing machines can hold only small spools.
1/4/2008 Click on image to see closeup.