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Ed Twilbeck

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About Ed Twilbeck

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  • Birthday 06/22/1943

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    Ocean Springs Ms
  • Interests
    Playing with my grand-daughter & grand-son. Carving, Art work.
    Listening to music while I work.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. New Studio layout

    I had complet woodworking studio before Hurricane in 2005 ,lost a lot ,from a 20 X 30 ft studio, with 2 Decks ,to a 4 X 6ft closet in a retirement apartment building. From large works to hand held works , all is good. Instead of tree trunks and limbs, to a box of exotic pen blanks and small blocks of basswood , walnut ,butter etc,,, It is still a good way to work my art.
  5. New Studio layout

    With a problem hip I had to change my work layout. Removed the bandsaw, replaced wit a smaller lighter saw, moved the dust collector to left side more carving space. Still working on it, good so far.
  6. Hi out there in the carving world

    Good carvings great art work. I also like the owl, and the Eagles head. Thanks for sharing ,,will be looking for more in the future.
  7. August Voss gemstone carver

    Welcome August, what is the new material?
  8. Tips for Dremel or Proxxon

    Mark a lot of roughing out,I do with sanding drums, corse to fine grit, with wood I use a reciprocal carver , not dust but shavings and chips. The cutters I have for rotary are some HSS and some carbide , most are small, I have a couple 1/4 shank carbide cutters that I use with the Foredom, they are aggressive and remove a lot of wood quickly. Then for fine detail and finish work I have a 120 bit set of diamond bits from very fine to corse grits. Since I mostly work with woods I prefer carving with chisels or knives, a lot quieter and easier to clean up after.
  9. Tips for Dremel or Proxxon

    Mart I have a couple Dremel tools ,do some sanding some carving with different cutters, I also have a Foredom wit a foot pedal for speed control ,l use that more than the Dremel tool. As far as the Proxxon tools I do have a small belt sander that works well. If I was going to buy now a rotary tool I would want one wit a foot pedal with the speed control.
  10. link to book Carving Netsuke

    http://wood.woodtools.nov.ru/books/carv_netsuke/carv_netsuke.pdf this is the link to Tom Sterling Pdf Book. Fantastic book lots of great information.
  11. Boxwood Root, what to do with it?

    Thanks for the input ,,will go back and look again,,, seen some like that but I may have not looked at it liked you did. Tanks Heidi.
  12. I have this for over a year, look at it looking for some idea , looking for the wood to show me, what to carve. The out sides are very busy with lots of openings, twisting grain .etc . I am hoping someone will see something that I didn't. I'm almost ready to cut the outside to flat so I can do some carving. I hate to cut away such interesting grain, but I can't seem to find something to work with. Any and all ideas ,suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
  13. My first year of carving bone

    Very nice work , I like the gecko. Thanks for sharing.
  14. Carving is still my life

    Excellent carvings, I am trying to develop my carving to more small and new works. I like the ones you have shown and I will be looking to see more in the future. This is one of my hands that I have done. Planning on one more later.
  15. They Way We Are, Go And Have Been?

    I started wood working in the 60s. This led me to furniture building as needed for family use. As a young boy, the son of a furniture builder at New Orleans Funiture Mfg. I Remember seeing an old carver laying out a carving and then picking up his mallet and chisel an stated carving , saying to my self I would love to that. My career was in the Fire Services for 34 years and as fireman I had to work partime, so I went to wood working, building furniture, repairing, refinishing, and so on. As I collected tools and my skill got better moved to custom made furniture, to one of a kind art styled furniture, then to wood turning, custom made boxes, some with carvings. All went good till 2005 Hurricane Katrina, 4+ feet water. Lost studio , tools , house. But all is good. I retired as Deputy Chief and now living in an apartment building for retired people. Due to space I do wood carvings in a walk-in closet, and outside sitting under a large Oak and enjoying every bit of it. Thanks for asking and starting this topic. I enjoy seeing and useing TCP.