I also make my own decorative
The other day at the local open-air
flea market a vendor had lots of pieces of steel for a dollar
each so I bought some square stock of four different sizes and
today I made some wood punches out of a portion of each piece.
I used a jeweler's saw and some
needle files to form the pyramidal teeth on the ends to make
dentate stamp impressions when struck with a hammer. It took me
less than an hour to make four stamps. I did not make any
precise measurements but simply eyeballed where each triangular
file groove had to be to make the patterns.
The four finished punches are above the saw in this photo.
The stock from which I made them are to the right of the box of
This photo shows the denticulate patterns I
filed on the ends of
the punches and an impression of each one in a piece of poplar
This is a photo of the wood punches in a
little rosewood box I made
where they will be stored with antique punches.
Now I have a better selection of
James E. Price