Maybe I'm wandering away from the subject but I found that lining the jaws of my carving vise with 1/2" cork instead of leader has more grip on the piece I'm carving, doesn't damage it at all, I can exert more pressure with the vise as the cork adapts to she shape and what is more important it comes back to its shape almost inmediately without a problem. Oh! I forgot, it doesn't move at all, I glued it with contact cement.
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