Just saw a video of a well known stained glass practioner demonstrating cutting glass.....he was pulling the cutter towards him......personally I push away from my body and that is how I teach.....the weight of your body is working "with" the arm, while pulling the cutter towards the body doesn't demonstrate good "science". What is the general feeling on this matter, and why.....thanks.
I too agree that pushing is more accurate. I grew up using the pull method and converted to pushing later in life.
The main advantage I remember of pulling is when dealing with textured glass or any imperfection on the surface of the glass. Especially if you hold the cutter in the traditional style between your fingers. If you have ever rolled a two wheeled cart, you know the load is constant, but it is harder to push than to pull, especially when going over any kind of bump. There is a higher probability of having to lift the cutter when falling into a pit in the glass when pushing, but rarely necessary when pulling.
I started pushing when the pistol grip came into being. I found it a lot easier to exert the constant pressure and enjoyed the control and accuracy I gained.
I seem to follow the herd here. I wonder if the method of pattern-cutting changes the way we use the cutter?
If you generally do "trace cutting" is your usual technique different than when you use a template, for example? I know that you can feel the edge of a pattern with the wheel, so whether you push or pull might change.