In French, the verb émeriser describes the process of sanding down before polishing. This particular expression clearly warms hearts in the workshop. “The beauty of technical terms!” one might hear when passing through the studio, or even “Sorry I can’t. I’ve got my hands full, I’m emerising.”
As well as sweets, these are the other treats found in the workshop. Their presence, however, presents a sizable problem: they can stain a shirt rendering it unwearable, which compromises wearing cufflinks.