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  1. Hi Jim, When I asked "how does it work" I should have been more specific. Is this a rotary tool or an impact chisel sort of tool? Is this a flex shaft sort of connection to the base? Questions like that about what I cannot see from the image. I am glad that it works for you! Janel
  2. Hi Jim, How does it work? Yes, the image size is fine. It could actually be a bit larger dimension: - 72 dpi - JPEG works great - around 640 x 480 pixel dimension - and around 50-100 kb file size (this info is found at or near the top of each forum area)
  3. Hi Jim, Try this online resizer: http://webresizer.com/resizer/ Janel
  4. Hi Matt, Yes, a bench vise is useful when first sawing. I also was eventually convinced to purchase a band saw. It scares me, which is a good thing, but it also saves time and muscle fatigue when trying to cut a 4" diameter boxwood hunk into netsuke sized pieces. Rough on the blade, but it has been helpful. ALWAYS remember to keep your fingers away from the blade space. I have a zone that is about four inches on either side of the blade that has broad diagonal lines (marker needs re-doing at times) to remind me of the zone. I have a notched 1x2 length of wood that is used for pushing the wood, and I also have wood clamps when a piece needs to be grasped instead of just pushed through the cut. It takes planning but I still have all of my fingers intact. Janel
  5. Thank you Matt for linking to that video. It is an old one, my tools have evolved from that time. The thumb as fulcrum basic action is used with my newer tools as well.
  6. Hi JIm, I am constantly amazed at the ways that resourceful minds work when solving problems, such as the tool you created from a variety of parts that were not meant at first to work together! Well done, I must say. Janel
  7. Tom, there are topics and posts from past years that discuss tool making of tools that work for the materials you are using. My own tools will work for dense hard woods, bone, mammoth tusk, amber and horn. Some materials dull the tools faster than others. I will see what SEARCH term might bring up useful links ... try : tool making Lots of things show up, and you can spread out from there. Janel
  8. Here is an earlier post about the toothpick tools: http://www.thecarvingpath.net/forum/index.php?/topic/2868-whats-on-your-bench/#comment-23624
  9. I use poster-tacky stuff, the white kind, pressed onto the carving peg on my bench. Other times, I use a leather, sand-filled bag. Both methods require holding on to the piece while carving. The carving peg alone, or the tacky stuff or the sand bag each backs up the piece so that one can push the tools without doing complete isometric exercises. Hope these help: Old photo of poster tacky stuff in use: Against a sand bag: Bench support: Janel
  10. I have avoided sanding papers lower than 400 grit. My usual approach is to use certain of my tools as finish scrapers to gently plane of a whisper of fibers until the surface is just about right. The tool must be very well sharpened, and as you pointed out above, no dings or irregularities in the edge, or it will show on the surface of the material. If the material and the subject needs to be more highly polished then I will use micromesh cloths to bring a gloss to the material. On occasion I will use 400-600-1000-1200-1500-200-2500 grit wet/dry sanding papers. I also use toothpic-sanders as shown to me by Cornel Schenider - angle cut a round toothpick, and glue on a tiny rectangle of sand paper to the ends. I use the above grits, as well as lower ones. To keep them identified and separate, I have marked each pick with the corresponding colors and or line that indicate the color system that I use to keep the pieces of sanding papers separated in divided containers. I use old film containers, which might now be a thing of the past with the digital photography age upon us now. The picks are used in tiny spaces and on tight edges that would not work for the shaving action of the smoothing tools. Hope this helps. Janel
  11. Hi, I am trying to help a member to find where on TCP a particular topic that a member is striving to find in the archives. He states: "When I joined I found in the searches that I made, a set of images that depicted a carving station that was ingenious yet simple. I can no longer seem to locate said collection of postings. It was simply a Plastic pallet set upon the top of a Rubbermaid 35ish gallon trash can with a recirc pump set up in the bottom...etcetera." We would very much appreciate extra help on this search, with our thanks for your efforts! Janel
  12. Hello August! Welcome to the forum. Janel
  13. Hi, As admin/owner of the forum, I am responsible for paying the fees to keep the forum on line for all viewers and participants to use and learn from. The fees are going up, mostly because of the full size images that have been posted in the past. The monthly fee has been $30, and the next step up will be $45 per month. This is making it hard for me to bear the costs alone to simply maintain the database for almost no evidence of participation by members. Are there generous souls amongst the readers and members who might help keep the forum available to all by sharing in the costs required to keep the forum on line? If yes, please PM me or email me and we can discuss options privately. Thank you, Janel PS: please when you post images, follow the guidelines that appear at the head of each forum area. Thank you.
  14. Welcome to you, Martin! What inspired you to learn to carve manju netsuke? Janel
  15. 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