01-19-2019, 02:45 PM
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(01-19-2019, 02:15 PM)Puma Wrote:
(01-19-2019, 01:31 PM)Paladin Shaving Wrote: FWIW, I'd much rather turn any of the materials we already work with than Fordite.

Yeah. It sounds like it's got a powerful stench. Worse than ebonite I'd guess.

It's different. Ebonite odor is predominately attributable to sulfur content. I wear a respirator when turning Ebonite (and run a large carbon filter) because the particulate isn't good to breathe. The smell isn't pleasant, but it doesn't bother me that much, and it's not very hard to eliminate. Whatever Fordite releases when it's cut does bother me a lot! And it seems like it sticks. If/when we turn any more, I think I'll find a way to do it outside when there's a light breeze. In any case, I doubt I'd want to turn more than 3-4 in a batch, maybe 3-4 times in a year. It would have to be priced to reflect its rarity, the challenges involved in working with it, and the nastiness. We're really not giving it much thought right now. And it's certainly not on our front burner.

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 01-19-2019, 02:53 PM
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(01-19-2019, 02:45 PM)Paladin Shaving Wrote:
(01-19-2019, 02:15 PM)Puma Wrote:
(01-19-2019, 01:31 PM)Paladin Shaving Wrote: FWIW, I'd much rather turn any of the materials we already work with than Fordite.

Yeah. It sounds like it's got a powerful stench. Worse than ebonite I'd guess.

It's different. Ebonite odor is predominately attributable to sulfur content. I wear a respirator when turning Ebonite (and run a large carbon filter) because the particulate isn't good to breathe. The smell isn't pleasant, but it doesn't bother me that much, and it's not very hard to eliminate. Whatever Fordite releases when it's cut does bother me a lot! And it seems like it sticks. If/when we turn any more, I think I'll find a way to do it outside when there's a light breeze. In any case, I doubt I'd want to turn more than 3-4 in a batch, maybe 3-4 times in a year. It would have to be priced to reflect its rarity, the challenges involved in working with it, and the nastiness. We're really not giving it much thought right now. And it's certainly not on our front burner.
Considering where Fordite comes from, it also likely contains some hazardous chemicals, perhaps lead if it is old enough. Be very careful turning and polishing it.

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 01-19-2019, 07:06 PM
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(01-19-2019, 02:53 PM)Puma Wrote: Considering where Fordite comes from, it also likely contains some hazardous chemicals, perhaps lead if it is old enough. Be very careful turning and polishing it.

This thread sure took a dark turn.

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 01-21-2019, 05:25 AM
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(01-19-2019, 07:06 PM)Paladin Shaving Wrote:
(01-19-2019, 02:53 PM)Puma Wrote: Considering where Fordite comes from, it also likely contains some hazardous chemicals, perhaps lead if it is old enough. Be very careful turning and polishing it.

This thread sure took a dark turn.

Didn't intend to scare anyone. It's totally safe in regular use as a brush, jewelry, etc., but those who work with it should take precautions. BTW I think your message box is full.

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 01-21-2019, 12:32 PM
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Terrific!

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 01-21-2019, 12:45 PM
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actually Ken I am a chevy guy. beautiful though

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