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Jim K Jordan

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  1. 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
  2. dragon spoon

    Cool! Teachers work their butts off. They deserve some recognition for doing a tough job.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Cyclonic tide

    Very nice! Gotta love Lightning ridge opal. And anything based on the involute curve/ Fibonacci sequence has my vote.
  6. 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, .
  7. 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!!....
  8. Love knot?

    Hi Janel, It seems like forums do come and go, People post things for a while then wander off. No worries though, I am just trying to get some of the quiet ones to speak up. People looked at the post, just didn't say boo.. That's okay, I end up talking to myself a lot in real life too. Thanks for your interest though. I actually like the big leaf curly maple for carving. It cuts nice and the interlocked grain seems to help keep it from splitting pieces. The interlocking part was tricky, I made the first one from modeling clay and used it for figuring out the sequence. As to the faceting, I had some time on my hands and a machine shop free to use back in the 80's I designed and built a faceting machine and taught myself how to facet ( I had a little help..) That stone is pretty bright in spite of it only being quartz, It turned out really nice. Don't think I could do it again. I have made a lot of smaller stones that came out very nicely too, It help to be a little obsessive compulsive sometimes, especially when some one tell me I can't do something. Of course then, I HAVE to figure it out. And the more challenging and tougher the project, the harder my head gets.
  9. Love knot?

    Crickets................. ...................
  10. Love knot?

    Ya got nothing? Come on give us some feedback..
  11. Mermaid - bone

    Good effort, the harder the challenge, the more the reward. Keep working on it, it has some promise. Figures are tough to do, beautiful figures like mermaids are even tougher. I tried to do a female centaur in wax for casting, never got the face right. Body was good, butter faced. Jim
  12. Howdy from Los Angeles

    Nice work, love the shark jaws.
  13. Jumping salmon

    Here is one I made a back in the last century, 1999. Carved brass, dremel, circuit board router bits, flexshaft w/dental bits. I set ball bearings for eyes. Used a round nose punch for the scale texture.
  14. Suggestions For Practice Stone For New Carver

    Jade can be tough to get a good polish on. Serpentine is very jade like but softer and takes a nice finish easily. Works easily with files and sandpaper. Harder than soapstone, but also has an association with asbestos, so wear a respirator and or work it wet.
  15. New Studio layout

    Nice space! Very compact but looks efficient and bright. I need position my space too. Twenty-plus years of accumulation of tools in a barn, means Lots of stuff I can't find when I need it. I'd rather be making than cleaning.