Andrew V

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  • Birthday 03/21/1968

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  1. I found a paperback book on woodcarving when I was about 11; may have been a boy scout manual, things like totem poles and cross bows, heavy on pictures, light on text. Thought it looked like fun, never stopped, the book was lost in a house move shortly after I got it, wish I still had a copy.
  2. Hi everyone, here's one I just finished. Sorry the photo's awful but I finished late and had to grab a snap outside the post-office. Symbols are ship's wheel, water-lily, foliage, heart/lock/horseshoe, twist-stem, on the back the tendrils form a never-ending knot. Wood is a recycled mahogany or sapele
  3. small world, I'm in Llanbradach.
  4. Love the scrimshaw. What did you colour it with?
  5. Hi Everyone, thank you for all your advice, it has been much appreciated. This is what I ended up producing, I think perhaps I should have gone for a black ink, and may re-do things at a later date. I used a heavily cut acrylic ink for the branches and leaf detail, ebony inserts for the eyes, and yashabushi for the owl. A clear wax was applied and then heated gently to finish. Any constructive criticism would be gratefully recieved, Andrew
  6. a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step (Laozi) just keep swimming (Dory from Finding Nemo) and it came to pass, it didn't come to stay - (Mark Lowry), no matter what you're going through, it will pass, good or bad,enjoy it, it will pass My Gosh I sound miserable! I'm not, really, no, I'm not, but to learn, to acquire skill and knowledge, you have to start where-ever you are and keep trying, each time you try you get a little better, but enjoy the process, not the results. Andrew
  7. Hi All, I have only recently joined this forum but have to say I am very much enjoying the opportunity to learn about a new element within a much wider craft - my main area for carving is in the medium and large world (lovespoons to figure-heads) but this forum represents an amazing space to learn so much about carving, it would be a tragedy if it were to vanish. Andrew
  8. Ooops, sorry, spelling error on Pinterest, should be yashabushi - found lots of info on TCP
  9. I have been searching the Net for stains, etc, and (of course) love the work of Natasha Popova who uses something called Yshabushi. I'm baffled; what is Yshabushi - a brush, maybe, or a stain/ink of some sort? Andrew
  10. Thanks for the link, the use of acetic acid as an etch-primer was most interesting. Do the dies spread through the antler, like dye in timber does? Andrew
  11. Hi All, I have spent a while carving a ryusa style netsuke in antler. Antler is very lovely, but I want to pick out some details in colour (greens and browns as the carving is of an owl in an oak tree). I only want some delicate staining, I do not want to overpower the material and do not want to use surface pigment that will rub off with wear and tear. Any advice, or links to other discussions would be gratefully accepted. Andrew
  12. Thanks Yuri, I have a set of 12 palm gouges, half of which are near-duplicates of the others, so I think I will sharpen some secondary bevels onto the 'spares' and keep them as my antler-carving set as I am still wood-carving and so can't re-shape my main sets of chisels. Andrew
  13. Thanks Janel, and thanks Yuri; the presence of blood product makes a lot of sense. Andrew
  14. Hi Janel, I uploaded the pictures to Flickr then emailed them to my laptop then I cut and pasted the email image into my TCP post. Any advice on posting images would be much appreciated. Andrew
  15. Hi Janel, I popped out to the workshop to clean up the antler for some photos, I noticed that on the surface there is no smell when carving, but deeper into the antler the smell grows rapidly so I think the natural oils are the problem, as they dry so the smelly component disapears? Here are some images of the antler. First is a light surface clean on the shaft, somewhat blurry but hopefully gives some idea of the colour. Incidentally, the antler is very easy to carve and reacts very well to the scraper. Regards, Andrew