OK, Ok, ok…I’ve read all the reasons why to use wite out,
sharpies, etc on stones when cutting cabs and now I want to give two
As I said earlier, I use a light source opposite the stone to show
areas needing more work. Does that sound like more work? I doubt it
elst we wouldn’t be having the discussion of how to remove remaining
wite out after finishing a stone. By the way, remaining wite out in
natural pits and pithy areas will not help make them better
unless,… unless you grind/sand them out!! As opposed to whiskers,
ridges, flats, buff marks, over/under cuts, etc which are the result
of normal cutting/sanding. So what the wite out really does is
emphasize natural faults that usually cannot be easily changed. Will
it hilite the other faults. Sure, but so does the light source.
Noel, I certainly would not consider the surface coatings as
’crutches’…I consider it as just unnecessary work. And going back
to re-do a missed spot is a normal function of cutting.
Having taught cabbing for many years to about a thousand students,
my experience is that with proper instruction, a student will learn
to identify surface problems of any nature very quickly and will also
learn what to do about them. Developing a truly practiced eye to
identify very slight problems might take several years, but usual
cutting errors, blemishes, and most natural faults can be easily
identified by reflected light.
So…my point is, why do something that requires effort to put on,
then take off (including removal from remaining pits) It is a real
time waster and just makes more unnecessary work. Take the little
extra time to learn how to do it right and same a lot of time.
Its a little like dopping. I rarely ever dop…only when cutting
very special stones or under special circumstances. It too is a waste
of time. I cut most all my stones freehand whether geometric or
freeform. In this way (granted this is after thousands of stones) I
often cut a stone with barely a glance because my hands know exactly
where they and the stone is relative to the wheel. This is another
I certainly would never argue against something that allows someone
to do things better or quicker. But, there usually are STILL right
ways and wrong ways to do things. Take the time to learn the right
way, even if it is a bit cumbersome at first and, in the end you will
be much happier.
Cheers from Don in SOFL.