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  1. Super work Jim, Love the fluidity moving though the middle and contrast of the slightly harder edges to the right. Metal work stunning too. One of those pieces you want to touch.
  2. First Scrimshaw Piece

    Very simple and very beautiful. Looking forward to your next piece of work.
  3. Counterfeit Foredom?

    Hi Stu.. Didn't realise I'd put the wrong link on for the foredom handpiece. New link inplace for the "H d 10 Duplex handpiece" which I purchased.. Russell.. http://www.foredom.net/h10dduplexhandpiece.aspx
  4. Counterfeit Foredom?

    Hi Stu, Sorry for the late reply. Most of the foredom handpieces will fit straight onto the Axminster unit. If you check the foredom main site there are two styles that may not, slip joint and square drive handpieces. Do you have a handpiece or one in mind to purcahse.? I used a cheap handpiece for a while and then purchased a duplex spring attachment to make it more flexible. It wasn't a foredom duplex but worked ok. Once I aquired the foredom handpiece with the duplex spring attached the difference was quite obvious, again money well spent. Also if the cheap motor unit goes wrong will you have to send it back to Israel....Long wayyyyyyyy..... Kenneth has a point with his post, sometimes these cheaper items may do the job...The axminster model is a little closer to home. Feel free to email me if you want to chat on the phone Stu... Bye for now.. Russell
  5. Counterfeit Foredom?

    Hi Stu. This one i would leave well alone, I'm not an expert but it just doesn't seem the real deal. I could be wrong, maybe some of the other carvers using foredom could make a judgement. I starterd out with an Axminster unit. Link below. I'm still using the motor after many years and still the origional brushes keep on going. The handpiece supplied with this unit was ok for a while but on speaking to Clive Hallam he suggested buying a Fordom handpiece wich are superb quality. I opted for a quick change unit, money well spent. The foredom handpiece is so much more precise.. It's always the same choosing tools, everyone has their own favourites. Hope this helps. bye for now ...Russell http://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster-axmin...unit-prod20091/ http://www.foredom.net/h10dduplexhandpiece.aspx
  6. Catfish....new carving

    Many thanks for taking the time to comment Charles and Brian.......... Russ.......
  7. Air turbine vs micromotor

    Hello Alain............just a quick reply from myself... I purchased a Flexi-drive when I first started carving, It was made by axminster and was a lot cheaper than the Foredom one...........I still have it now and is working just fine. I did though replace the handpiece with a quick release model....Far more robust and the quality so much better.............. I then purcahsed the Marathon Micro-motor you posted a picture of, the one with the slimmer handpiece...This is the quick release type too................. I know this may not be an issue for some people but I wanted to spend more time carving than changing different burrs with spanners..........Might be worth thinking about. I now use the Flexidrive for heavy roughing out and the Marathon for the detailed work, It really is a superb micromoter for the money.. Always difficult to choose.....good luck Russ
  8. Catfish....new carving

    Interesting question Janel, I find once I’ve finished a piece even though your pleased with how it’s turned out there’s still that feeling one or two areas could be worked on a little more, I personally find these areas quite difficult to find, you’ve been looking at it for so long you can’t see the woods for the trees…………..Hope I’m making sense…………… Having not had a look at this one for a while where do I start……… I like the composition on this one, the way the tail moves back in on it’s self, seems to flow quite nicely and at the same time creating a himotoshi…….. Eyes can make or break the final look of any carving, I’m happy with size and shape but maybe the background could be a little more subtle……. Mmmmmmm…!! The top is quite interesting, I had initially wanted to put the dorsal fin on as you would normally find, I always think this is quite difficult to do on any type of fish……Some artists have come up with superb designs over the years when trying to create a Netsuke using a single fish as their subject………..Instead of putting the dorsal fin on there Clive suggested that just a subtle line indicating movement may work well…………at the same time complimenting the rest of the body…………I think this worked really well... There are also a couple of areas on this piece which the photos don’t really pick up, photo 7 just above the end of the tail what seems to be an uneven surface is actually small ripples in the skin which is carved on both sides, I hadn’t put these on at first but once carved they really made a big difference to the overall look of it……….. Maybe sharpening up some of the lines would give a more realistic look too, where does it all end... There are so many different types of catfish to choose from with lots of different characteristics………some have more feelers than others, some have much larger tails and fins…….etc…… I didn’t want to carve a realistic catfish in the anatomical sense, just collect different qualities from each one to create my own little catfish…………….. Your right too about this feeling great in the hand……….silky smooth… Picture 4 is the necklace I carved , it’s strange but I keep going back to this shape time and time again looking for something else within it………something will turn up soon I hope. I’ve not carved this year much at all……..I started a couple of pieces but then got Netsuke Block…… ……..there is no medication for this…. This has happened before but now I feel ready to create once again. …………….. After I’ve done some Christmas shopping that is……….. Not caught a Catfish yet, there are some monsters in Russia and in the Spanish rivers too…….. The guy on the left of this picture seems to be having problems holding this small one……. Once again many thanks for the comments Russell…………………….
  9. Catfish....new carving

    Mike and JP......Many thanks for your comments..........It's very much appreciated. Russell...........
  10. As you may know I’m currently being helped by Clive on my Netsuke apprenticeship…here’s one I did last year……. I had already made a necklace out of tagua just for fun and was looking at the shape from above….I thought it looked like a catfish with its tail turned back on its self….anyway I played around with some ideas in clay and showed them to Clive. He’d kindly given me some hippo tusk so this seemed the right material to go with, once again he helped me through the process from start to finish advising me through out……cheers mucka…!!!!! Catfish …Hippo Tusk Eyes ……Amber Inlay……. Shoot from the hip with your comments…..don’t hold back………….. …….. Russ
  11. help for riusha netski

    I’ve read the post that each member has placed on this thread, I then read them again and again…my heads still spinning………… I’m not at all surprised that Clive has called it a day….I think that members should read the posts very carefully before adding their comments, critiques and criticisms…. Clive stated that there are some guidelines to follow if you wish it to be regarded as a fully functional netsuke………and then tried to discuss these aspects. Some times there seems to be dozens of threads within the original thread….things then get lost and it can be difficult to get back on track…………….BUT….. one line sticks out for me that Dante posted… Quote…………….please bee very very strict and direct …………… I am probably one of only a few carvers that have direct contact with Clive at the moment living only a few miles away from his home. Once I have a basic idea I go over and discuss the different aspects of the design, just like Dante is doing. I know full well I’m going to get an honest critique straight to the point……Why have it any other way…..Clive’s not only honest to his own work but also to the knowledge he’s trying to pass on to us all here on this and other forums…I think we should look after this............... Would like to say more but I’m off to sing a few songs…byeeeee Russell...............
  12. does anybody have any boxwood

    To save on the postage i'd be willing to pick my LARGE log up...........................
  13. hippo tusk and ivory handles

    Hi frances, interested in the materials you have....have a look in your in box I've sent you a PM cheers ... Russell...
  14. hello from plymouth

    Hi Maciver.......... Might be a good idea to contact the .....THE BRITISH WOODCARVERS ASSOCIATION... They have regions all around the country....link below...may be one close to you http://www.bwa-woodcarving.fsnet.co.uk/ The chairman of the BWA is Peter Benson who has his own teaching school for carvers....you can find his email link on the BWA site above.... Peter has taught me for a number of years, he's based in Essex, may be a little far to travel but would be worth every penny, he really is superb...... Janel mentioned Chris Pye, I've met Chris on a number of occasions at various shows around the country and know one or two carvers who have been to him for tuition, again a superb carver and teacher..... Good luck................
  15. Whales teeth

    Here's a link to a tooth that I was recently watching on ebay...not sure what the legal aspects are.... http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...em=190286676033
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