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  1. Cologne Netsuke Convention June 06, 2017 Dear Carving Colleagues, With the Cologne INS netsuke convention only a few months away, some exciting arrangements for a "Carvers meet Collectors Evening" are currently being developed. If you are a carver attending the INS convention and would like to participate in such an event please reply to the following thread...http://forums.netsuke.org/viewtopic.php?f=445313&p=69193#p69193 or email me privately so that numbers can be determined and participation coordinated. All are welcome. Kindest regards, Clive Hallam
  2. NPR (National Public Radio) broadcast an interview and netsuke carving demonstration with Komada Ryushi from the Smithsonian Institution's Freer and Sackler Galleries this week. Komada Makiko, Ryushi's daughter, served as interpreter during their conversation with NPR's Maureen Pao. Watch the half hour video, Watch master carver Ryushi Komada at work, with NPR's Maureen Pao. Ryushi demonstrates the way the tools are held and used with small scraping motions.
  3. Hi Heidi, You might try screwing in an angle bracket on the wall in approximately the place that it should be. It might need to be changed a bit once you have given some time to using the tool. Having a whole wall in front of you has lots of potential beyond the magnetic strip, which by the way is quite a good idea! I have a ledge and windows, so everything goes left or right or underneath the bench, or elsewhere entirely. Janel
  4. Do you have a speed control on the tool? Would a slower speed reduce the spray factor? Janel
  5. Hi Charla, Somewhere on TCP are the same photos of the tools on this web page: http://janeljacobson.com/toolsstudio/tools2012.html Wow! I just drag/dropped the image from the web site!!! This new version has some major changes that are positive! The top image shows the tools that I turn to for planing on wood, bone, tusk materials. These may have been made with 3/16" rod. The tools are versatile, having three edges, one straight and two curved to various degrees. The straight edge on the right, kept very sharp, is the main shaver in most cases. These may or may not be too big for your purposes, so creating tools of the sizes that work for your needs will be up to you. You may find through the new SEARCH function more topics and posts focused on using drill rod tool making processes with hardening and tempering, (I like the new search feature) so I won't go into it here. If you look at my tool page you will see tools sized down to needle diameters and up to 1/4" diameter stock. Janel
  6. The new upgrade to the forum software has been completed. The look has changed, but the content should have remained the same. Very important detail, your login username is now your Display Name. Please use your Display Name as the username instead of the old username when you log in to the forum. For example, my Display Name is -- Janel -- as you can see on my post. That is what you will find on your posts from the past. If you have difficulty with logging in please send me an email : admin @ thecarvingpath.net (In the real email address there are no spaces before and after the @ sign.) I apologize if this change causes you some difficulty. There was not much choice with this part of the upgrade process. Janel
  7. The new upgrade to the forum software has been completed. The look has changed, but the content should have remained the same. Very important detail, your login username is now your Display Name. If you have difficulty with logging in please send me an email : admin @ thecarvingpath.net (In the real email address there are no spaces before and after the @ sign.) Janel
  8. Hi Jason, Thank you. I am glad that the forum information has been helpful for you. Janel
  9. Thank you Heidi. For many years I kept gray tree frogs, spring peepers, and toads in an aquarium, and raised crickets and mealworms for them. The gray tree frogs lived for about 8 years, and the toads perhaps for a shorter time. They were wonderful "companions" that informed the sculptural work with frogs and toads. Janel
  10. Have you tried mounting the hand piece in a holder of some sort that renders it immovable and then use both hands to hold and move the stone? Somewhere on the forum in past years someone posted images of that technique while work/study time was spent in China. It seems to be a very good idea. One could isolate the motor/hand piece, or the flex shaft hand piece, from the water side of a barrier that surrounds the wet work space with a pan for catching the water and slurry. A constant, steady drip mechanism has also been posted by various stone workers. Securely mounting the hand piece would put off the need to have a more controlable unit such as the NSK for hand held carving. Janel
  11. It pleases me to read what you just wrote. Thank you. Janel
  12. Thank you Heidi for starting this topic. Good idea! I began my young adult life as a potter making useful pots for daily use. Some days I would draw the things in my environment such as leaves and branches, insects, tree frogs or what ever was interesting at the moment in the season. Once in a while a rounded vase form might have a leaf carved onto it, which then became a leaf that was shallow relief carved with added clay. The explorations in carving had begun in the mid to late 1970's and grew to a point in the mid 1980's to where I was taking two months a year to explore carving clay, using porcelain and celadon glaze as the materials to work with. By the mid 1990's I wanted more from the material and switched to carving wood in 1995 and did not look back to carving clay after that. The materials changed with carving as the continuum. Mother encouraged us kids to spend time looking at things outdoors, touching tree bark, digging worms to feed little frogs we watched for a while ... It stuck with me, the joy of looking at the small things that help to make the natural world endlessly fascinating. Janel
  13. Early on I used a hanging Dremel flexshaft and was encouraged to try an NSK microgrinder. The flexshaft tool caused a lot of forearm, wrist and hand strain while trying to keep the swinging shaft and motor from affecting the cutting process when moving the bit around while cutting/grinding. Switching to the NSK microgrinder was a delightful step to take. You might find more information on the forum by doing a search using NSK as the search term. Janel
  14. Hi Heidi, Thank you for considering creative ways towards contributions. I'd much rather just receive the financial support rather than having to set up and maintain a sales venue on top of everything else. I appreciate the suggestion though. It takes people communicating with people to keep this forum alive. Today has revealed the most activity in the past couple of days where you and a few others have actually communicated with one another. When the discussions get meaty is when folks actually begin to help one another constructively, fostering an educational atmosphere. Show and tell is a part of it all, but the learning and growing from the help of other memvers is the big thing that has made, and will make, this an enduring resource for seekers and carvers. Janel
  15. Hi Danny, It looks like the photos were linked to another location, perhaps your web site. The links and images no longer appear on the posts. I am sorry that they are gone. Janel