Episode 28: Part 1 of “Black Myrtle’s Glory“
“‘How fond she is of finding morals in things’ Alice thought to herself.”
L. Carroll “The Mock Turtle’s Story”
Alex had his shaper running like a Swiss watch
(albeit a little faster).
He had clamped a large piece of steel
in the shaper’s vise.
The tool steel
and he had
The bit was locked in a floating head.
On the forward stroke the head
locked in place and the bit
ripped into the steel
On the return stroke the head floated up
and the bit glided smoothly backward.
Rip-ka-chunk – -Rip-ka-chunk.
Forward and back, forward and back.
Nothing stopped the shaper.
On each forward stroke
the bit cut into the work
a quarter inch deep.
The metal chip
in front of
the bit and
As the bit finished its cut the chip flew
into the air with the blue smoke
of cutting oil trailing behind it.
One or two chips landed on
Alex’s bare arm.
burns were to
And you, dear reader, can also see Alex’s metal shaper RIGHT HERE if you so wish