Re: [MedievalSawdust] Before sandpaper
- Oh, yeah. Horsetails (the reedlike fern relative, not the equine
flyswatter!) were used to polish work by rubbing them back and forth on it
or holding them against turnings being spun in a lathe. This would not
remove lathe tool or even plane marks, just polish the surfaces the tools
In a similar vein, some turners hold their own turning-chips against the
spinning work in handfuls, for a final polish. The work still looks
handmade, just shinier, and you can't beat the price!