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  2. New favorite chasing hammers w/question

    I don't like shiny varnished or acrylic finishes on my handles. I make some of my handles for my carving tools. I sand to as fine of finish for the wood I am useing , then I use a white polishing compound , then wipe down with mineral spirits , then a light coat of oil for some protection , then finish useing a rotary tool apply wax off the bar of carnauba wax ,then buff to a nice finish.
  3. New favorite chasing hammers w/question

    A good friend gave me some marine spar varnish, it has uv inhibitors. A little bit amber color but I put a light coat on and it didn't change it too much. I don't really like The feel of shiny handles, so I guess I'll live with any Browning over time. Thanks all. Jim
  4. New favorite chasing hammers w/question

    Min wax has a water base acrylic ,that is clear, one of the few finishes that doesn't have an amber tint. The one draw back it feels and looks like plastic. Check some of the clear lacquer finishes, look for uv protection. For my self I use some oil and wax, and if nature is going to change it ,it will have to happen. I live on Ms. Gulf coast we deal with a lot of humidity and sun, we cannot win that battle. Just slow it a bit.
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  6. dragon spoon

    Cool! Teachers work their butts off. They deserve some recognition for doing a tough job.
  7. Compass? Dividers? Old tool question

    Yes, the center cone is spring loaded. It isn't a cutter, but could be. The adjustable point could changed too. If the cone position was able to rotate with the handle as a pin vise, that would work. My understanding is originally it had a knife like blade and was used for cutting gaskets or scribing circles off of a center hole.
  8. Compass? Dividers? Old tool question

    If this were mine, I would use it to enlarge gem stone setting holes that were plotted in a circle, so as to maintain equidistant appearance. With this aid, it would be far easier to accurately cut the established opening to the desired depth for each individual (and differently dimensioned) gem, prior to establishing, setting and beading prongs. Excellent find my friend! Can the cutting burr be changes and have you thought of fitting this into the chuck of a drill press WITHOUT TURNING IT ON, and using the press as an extra hand?
  9. Although I suspect you have already figured this out, there is a product used by jewelers "Attack" that has successfully remove epoxy et al from fine pearls without damaging the nacre; however, a warning caveat: DO NOT allow this on your skin (or inhale or ingest) because it is toxic/highly carcinogenic! Cheers, Rick
  10. dragon spoon

    Yes, I called it 'keeper of the pearl', I was thinking pearls of wisdom was a good theme for a teacher
  11. Greetings from California

    Greetings All! Here is a smattering about me (sorry for phone photos, my wife is the camera person now that the medium has left the dark room and entered the electronic age). I have been carving myriad organic materials since the early 1970s. I started out with antler, and expanded to bone, wood, ivory (elephant, whales’ teeth, boar tusk, etc.) & steel; a tool related epiphany resulted from an afternoon in Provincetown, MA where I chanced upon the workplace of Craig Littlewood (deceased), “the Ivory Carver”. My original inspiration came from the intricate handles of modern knives, but soon embraced scrimshaw and European styled miniatures. In the 1980s saw the end of my 20 year College hiatus, and I returned to earn a BA in Art, with a focus on 3-D sculpting-jewelry making. Over the years, I have attended California Blacksmith seminars, studied with Frank Turley in Santa Fe and taken knife making courses with Hill Pearce & Don Fogg at Smithville, Tennessee’s Appalachian Center for the Arts. Recently retired, the areas surrounding my bench / easy chair are again accumulating dust and shavings! I can provide some additional photos of past & recent work to verify my artistic claims. Note: “Willendorf 2000” is a mixed media wearable piece-in-progress Cheers, Rick U. Some miscellaneous items that haven’t been sold, traded or gifted away…elephant ivory, bone & elk antler
  12. I have been working on making some swords lately - as pendants and as small letter openers. My kid said, "Dad, why don't you make a sword." At first it did not sound like a good idea - but I really enjoyed making them and now I want to make some more!
  13. Jumping salmon

    wow - really nice work
  14. Mermaid - bone

    Thanks! Yes I'll try to practice some more faces - that is the hard part!
  15. Cyclonic tide

    great looking piece
  16. Braided cord for bone carvings

    Plenty online, Linhasita is a popular brand. Waxed polyester both flat and round is used. David
  17. I picked this up at a flea market. It's a screw adjusted compass? It was missing the adjustable point, I made one out of a carbide burr. Interesting design, the cone point is spring loaded looks like it may be some watch/clockmaker tool. Works good for scribing radii from a center hole up to 3/16" The knob on the left is the adjustment screw. Nice old style rope knurling on the screwheads. The main beam is triangular. I've never seen another like it. Any idea what it is called or what it was made for? Jim
  18. Cyclonic tide

    Thanks Jim, yes the curve is what inspired me to carve this shape, based on a nautilus but with my own twist on the opposite side, I carved a series of cut steps through the potch to reveal the opal.
  19. Cyclonic tide

    Very nice! Gotta love Lightning ridge opal. And anything based on the involute curve/ Fibonacci sequence has my vote.
  20. Cyclonic tide

    A Little shell I carved from Lightning Ridge opal, it was my entry in the International opal awards in lightning Ridge last weekend.
  21. Braided cord for bone carvings

    Hi, Just guessing here ... are there any bead shops for folks who like to string beads? Waxed linen is often available in such places. Janel
  22. New favorite chasing hammers w/question

    There might be an archival spray acrylic for artwork preservation that has a UV protective element in it. I am unable to go to the studio to find it, but begin searching for such a thing. I may have found it at Blick art supplies. Janel
  23. Tena koutou from New Zealand I'm a rookie bone carver working on a few pieces and i have no idea what's a good source for the cord. Some questions: For the NZ members, where's a good place to get braided cord from in NZ? Are there different types, thicknesses, made from etc and what is best? I've seen lots of pics with natural coloured stuff but can't find anywhere that might sell. Suggestions welcomed :-) Nga mihi Phil
  24. New favorite chasing hammers w/question

    Sorry Jim, I have never found a solution to that problem. Best of luck
  25. I had to make myself another pair of chasing hammers. I found a couple of obsolete auto ball joints, cut the ball shafts out of the units and turned the ends down to suit. They are the top two on the left. Nice raw material for hammers, induction hardened shell, softer center like a true hammer needs to be. The handles are from some ice fallen Hawthorne limbs, hand scraped to shape and waxed. The stick on the right is from an OLD, lilac bush, I'd like to use it for a handle too, is there any way to stabilize the rich purple color of the heartwood so it doesn't turn brown over time? I like the cream and purple color of lilac but some pieces I've had changed to brown soon after finishing, .
  26. dragon spoon

    Very nice! I like the free ball, or do you mean magic pearl? A dragon without his magic pearl is unhappy. Nobody wants to be near an unhappy dragon!!....
  27. Cicada walking stick

    The Handel is Local Boxwood , with an Eagle head, Ebony eye,on other side a hint of a shorebird, epoxy and Ebony dust for the eye. Ebony spacer , stick I don't know what the wood is , got it in a bundle. Carved cicada,and a hint of a shore bird, used the knot for the eye.
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