|Basswood bundle from Wilcox Wood Works|
The first being a little outfit out of Stanley, NC...Southern Carving & Leather. These folks were displaying an array of leather items of particular interest were their strops. one of which truly stood above the rest. The single handed strop is two sided having both cow & pig leather strops firmly adhered to a healthy block of wood. The strop was extremely reasonably priced at $10 and I would highly recommend this product. (actually thinking of adding a few to my stockpile). While I found no website the product can be obtained by contacting them at 704-215-9955 (number found on strop).
AUTHOR'S NOTE: I prefer the tighter grain of pig leather used in combination with Aluminum Oxide powder...this combination keeps my knives highly tuned.
The second vendor is another fine addition as well....Wilcox Wood Works. I met Rod & Muriel and at the show and Rod was kind enough to answer a question regarding basswood coloring and whether or not the clearer wood was from the interior of the log...the answer is that the color is not a true measure of where a particular block of wood has come from in a log. This company is located out of Minong, WI and sells basswood, butternut, and pine. For me the basswood is of high quality and comes in a variety of sizes which also includes board sizes of all starting at 1/4". This supplier is another worth a look (my order was as expected and delivered in a timely fashion) and can be checked out online via the link posted on this site.
Having all this fine wood and supplies it is a day to be filled with carving. C'mon get that lawn work done and whittle something while waiting on that grill!!