Interesting discussion. I too was taught to not apply the lubricant
directly to the front of the blade, and have done so always. I was
also told to moisten my thumb and index finger on my tongue, and run
the blade up and down between them. Watching very well known, as
well as very competent, yet less known instructors over the years, I
became aware that there was no standard. I think it is so
personalized, that whatever method worked at a moment of
enlightenment, became the individual protocol.
This past week, during Jay Whaley’s UCSD Class, I saw a student
struggling whilst sawing, and reaching for the Burr Life. I
suggested that she just wet her two fingers and then the blade. The
Burr Life was more appealing. Different Strokes for Different Folks.
Jay Whaley’s Studio Assistant