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Scotch Stones Revisited


#1

Received in a box of “do you want this stuff” two unused Scotch
Stones. One 1/4 inch square and other 1/8 inch square. Both stones
are 5 inches long. The stones have a label that bears the
following:

Made In Scotland trade The Celebrated Scotch mark “TAN O’
SHANTER” HONE

Used by the most eminent firms of Watch and Clock Manufacturers,
Lithographers, &c.&c. The Merchandise Marks Act makes it an offence
to remove Trade Labels &c. Infringements will be prosecuted.Gold
Medals, London1885 and 1890, for excellence and quality of stone.
The Water of Ayr and Tam O’Shanter Hone Works Ltd.

The Scotch Stones sure look like the ‘scotch stones’ I made from a
slate tile. Will use both on the next repousse’ piece and see if
there is any difference.

Does anyone know what The Water of Ayr reference means?

Bill Eisenberg


#2

Does anyone know what The Water of Ayr reference means?

My understanding is that it is one of three names that these type
of stones have been marketed under, all being the same thing. They
used to use these for die work, etc. There was a long thread about
this last year on orchid.


#3

Bill, from a genuine Scotsman, born right by The “Water of Ayr”,

Water of Ayr is a river running through (surprise, surprise!) Ayr,
the very lovely seaside town on the west coast of Scotland and home
to our beloved Rabbie Burns. The stones are mined near to this
river, hence the name.

"While we sit bousing at the nappy,
"An getting fou and unco happy,
"We think na on the long Scots miles,
"The mosses, waters, slaps and styles,
"Whaur sits our sulky, sullen dame,
"Gathering her brows like a gathering storm,
“Nursing her wrath to keep it warm.”

Robert Burns, from Tam O’Shanter.

Yours aye,
Dauvit Alexander,
Glasgow, Scotland.


#4
   Does anyone know what The Water of Ayr reference means?

Hi William!

There is a short description of Water of Ayr in Oppi Untrach’s
Jewelry concept and technology.

It is write like this: Another suitable natural whetstone is Water
of Ayr stone that comes from Ayr, Scotland, and is also called
Scotchstone. This is a fine grain slate used with water for the
same purpose as an Arkansas stone.

That’s all
Bye
Vincent Guy Audette
@gaudette
Quebec, Canada


#5

Hi, all. I would like to know where I can get a Scotch stone.
Can’t seem to find them in ny of the supplier’s catologues that I
have. Have heard that they are no longer available. Is that
true?? Gini in HOT Florida (89 F. today)


#6

Dauvit, Just out of chronic curiosity, why were scotch so hard
to get for several years here in the States? I heard a number of
rumors including the factory burned down, enviornmental reasons.
Yours, indeed, Patty (O’Hara) Frese


#7

Hi, all. I would like to know where I can get a Scotch stone.
Can’t seem to find them in ny of the supplier’s catologues that I
have. Have heard that they are no longer available. Is that
true?? Gini in HOT Florida (89 F. today)

Allcraft in New York City was proudly displaying a pile of them
at the SNAG conference in Seattle. Not sure of their number.
Charles

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#8

have. Have heard that they are no longer available. Is that
true?? Gini in HOT Florida (89 F. today)

I tried to obtain some last year and found much the same thing -
a problem with supply. I was told that suppliers were not able
to obtain supplies from the quarry any longer.

I generally use, and prefer the Arkansas stone.

Regards,

Kerry
Kerry McCandlish Jewellery - Celtic and Scottish styles
Commission/Custom Work undertaken…http://www.bennie.demon.co.uk
Katunayake, Creagorry, Isle of Benbecula, HS7 5PG SCOTLAND Tel: +44
1870-602-677 Fax: +44 1870-602-956 Mobile: +44 850-059-162


#9

Thanks, Charles, for the info on Scotch stones. I’ll try
Allcraft. There are a lot of people here in Fla. who are looking
for them! Gini, Belleair Bluffs


#10

Hi Patti, Apparently the factory in Scotland did burn down. They
have only recently rebuilt and got back into production. Richard
Whitehouse UK Email:
riich@rw.clara.net


#11

The Scotch Stones (water of Ayre) are available certainly in the
UK. If you can’t get them in Florida I might be able to ship some
out to you. Richard Whitehouse UK
Email: riich@rw.clara.net