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A Wood Carver's Guide to Tool Sharpening


Loren W. Moseley

On the Cutting Edge is a 146-page manual with 116 black & white illustrations. It is bound with a plastic comb to allow it to lie flat on the bench while in use. The 9-page Table of Contents is highly detailed with a List of Illustrations. A detailed Index is also provided.

This sharpening manual is based on over thirty years of practical experience in wood working and carving. For thirteen years, the author served as the principal sharpener at Ed Zinger's week-long Woodcarving Rendezvous seminar at Branson, Missouri. During the week-long seminars, he sharpened tools for students and instructors with totals for the week often exceeding 700 tools. Encouraged by his patrons, he wrote and published the manual in the spring of 1991. More than 1,000 have been sold at both wholesale and retail.

In addition to sharpening at the Woodcarving Rendezvous, the author has provided mail-order sharpening services for local carvers and by mail-order over 20 years. Many carvers ship their tools to Loren once or twice a year for rejuvenation after months of buffing or stropping.

Copies of "ON THE CUTTING EDGE" and the custom sharpening services by mail-order are still available.

The retail price of the manual is now $5.00 US plus appropriate shipping and handling.  Only a few copies are left.  Now would be a good time to order some.

Prices for sharpening vary with tool type, size, and condition. Please call or E-mail for information on the book or sharpening at (816)358-7421 or:

Loren W. Moseley
11700 E. 62nd Street
Kansas City, MO 64133-4445

If you would like to see pictures of some of my carvings, go to:

Horses Carved by Loren

Birds Carved by Loren

Dogs Carved by Loren

Fish Carved by Loren

Other Animals Carved by Loren

Other Carvings by Loren

For information on Ed Zinger's Woodcarving Rendezvous Seminars, custom carving knives, and caricature roughouts, log on to:

Woodcarving Rendezvous.

For information on other wood carving sites, log on to :

Kansas City Wood Carvers Club.


For information on the National Wood Carvers Association and the ChipChats magazine, log on to:

National Wood Carvers Association

If you are interested in family history information for Moseley, Rittenhouse, Holycross, Worthington, Wingfield, Bidwell, or many other converging family names, contact:, Loren Moseley