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  1. Walnut for small carvings

    I found that the walnut I had was difficult to carve. I sought a smooth surface on the inside of a long, bowl like shape, and the chatoyant ripple grain was very obstinate and made hills and valleys no matter how careful I was. That said, this wood looks beautiful, and I understand why you would want to carve it. I think that wood such as this with a beautiful grain should be carved to show the wood itself, and not try to show off careful, small details. The grain will tend to hide it, in my opinion. A leaf form perhaps with an on-lay of another better-for-detail wood might make a great pendant. Janel "Collection from a summer walk" http://janeljacobson.com/carvings/394.html
  2. Cicada on leaf

    Thank you Ed, that is a fine way to share such work with friends and admirers. So much better than sitting somewhere on a shelf, waiting to be found by lookers. Is the purple heart wood a little stand created for the piece for its display? Good idea. Janel
  3. Cicada on leaf

    That is a good way to share a small carving. Is the purple heart base part of the pendant? Show us how it will actually hang? Janel
  4. Cicada on leaf

    Congratulations for carving those legs! That work is tricky to do. Well done with stylizing the characteristics of the cicada. Janel
  5. Hello from Oak Island, NC

    Hello EldoradoN, Welcome! I look forward to seeing where the above design takes you. Janel
  6. Salutations from Berkeley California

    Hi David, Good to know about the St Paul ACC show. It is not easy or a sure thing with either Smithsonian or ACC. Somehow after off again on again acceptances with Smithsonian, I was accepted three years in a row 2013-15. That third year was a zero sale event for me, and it set a different tone to the year ahead. Success with the big shows were hit or miss when I was doing them in the later years, as the audience that grew the shows has been retiring from collecting, and it sounds like this persists. If there is a wave of younger generations of shoppers, they will be shaping the shows' futures, I think. I remain hopeful for so many artists who have chosen to enter the creative way of life and income production, and dependence on the shows. I also hope that there are viable alternatives, and a nurturing and educating of new audiences. Is there a way to remind me of your coming to the St Paul ACC? We are very busy at that time of year, but we do have to deliver a stack of posters there for an event in May that we produce and participate in where we live. I'd like to meet you there. And, best wishes for a successful event! Janel
  7. Favorite Old Tools

    Hi Ed, It is a delight to see your fine tools and the self-made handles. Thank you for posting the good images of them. Have you made them so that if a blade needs replacing you can extract and replace them? Janel
  8. Salutations from Berkeley California

    Hello David, It is good to read more about you. The autumn and early winter were busy for me too with almost everything work-related but not creative. You are a busy show person! I used to have a schedule like that, but as my work became more time involved and the client base more limited I focused on Philly, Smithsonian when accepted, one in the Chicago area. I also tried the wood at an ACC show, but not the right one. Now it seems that my client pool has aged out of collecting, the shows for me were hard and expensive to do with zero return the last year I did them. This, after several years of change-over with the audience aging and not so many younger buyers, I have now no way of predicting how the best shows might be doing anymore. They were so good for so many decades, but the audiences, the jurors tastes and the maturing to greatness of the senior artists are all different stories that result in frustration for the artists and their expectations from the "best" (historically) shows that you have been attending. I am glad to read that you continue to explore and grow and look forward to watching what you might share with us. The weather? In Minnesota? Sunny, and not balmy! Yesterday a.m. was -28°F and this morning -24°. The 112 year old house and aging heating system is churning away to keep it at 53° ... the kitchen is being warmed enough with a space heater to make computing comfortable just enough. The cats like to warm their feet on my lap. Soon I will move to the studio that has a more modern heating system, radiant heat in the floor and a new heater. Balmy out there, and I am soon to scrunch my way through the snow to the warm. Thank you for asking! There are cold-hardy surfers that do Lake Superior in the winter, with wet suits. Might you be one of those sorts of folks? If you do visit Minnesota let me know and come to visit. Janel
  9. Hello from Holland

    Welcome Peter! It is good to read your interesting introduction. Regarding dust, various dust capturing systems have been presented here on the forum. It will take some searching to find them, but you might appreciate the ingenuity of the systems that draw the dust away from the carving position on the bench. I hope that you will find a wealth of information that resides on the forum from the many years of contributions by members. This month celebrates the 13th year of The Carving Path going on line. Janel
  10. Braiding jig

    Hi Sebas, Thank you for compiling all of those topics in one place! I added a notice in the Getting Started and Resources area in the event that someone uses that section to learn about things. Smiles to you, Janel
  11. Braiding and Kumihimo topic in Techniques: Sebastián Urresti compiled links to several TCP topics for kumihimo, the marudai, and braiding techniques in the topic linked to in this post.
  12. Throwback Thursday (a day late)

    Does the lector's pointer double as a magic wand? I think that the ebony/ivory rings would be very attention grabbing when used as a pointer. Very handsome. I especially like the signature inlay and engraving. Janel
  13. Throwback Thursday (a day early)

    Thank you for that information. It is good to know about the wood/cellulose to CA glue reaction. Not much time to work with it once started I guess. Janel
  14. Roughing out with power chisel

    After years of making dust, this power chisel begins to make sense. My hand grows weary just thinking of making that many chips with a hand chisel with boxwood. Looking forward to seeing your progress. Janel
  15. Throwback Thursday

    Hi Bonnie, Thank you for the descriptions for the techniques and the observations of materials (adhesives). I was pleased to see that you know about epoxy 330. I was introduced to that at some point and learned to appreciate it. The CA glue was not always a good choice for things, but it has its uses. I was pleased also to see your "pin holes" method. It made sense to me and is a technique that I have used as well. Whether or not these techniques are close to traditional netsuke work, if it works for what we do ... The lathe was challenging for me to adapt to after having spent decades throwing pots on a wheel. Both use a revolving center to spin the material. That is about it as far as similarities, other than a sense of form relationship. The lathe is totally subtractive and the materials have a grain, so the approach to wood removal takes repetition to understand the right and wrong ways to start and follow through with the cuts. My lathe work was always slow and ponderous, being careful to establish and maintain good habits with sharp tools. I never turned enough with the lathe to have it be second nature as with making pottery, but I certainly enjoyed it. I've not turned for a while, but everything is still there and ready to go. I found a good teacher who instilled good habits. My old brain needed practice to get the sequence of steps in order, so that was/is my problem with it. I hope that you can find a good teacher if/when you choose to learn to turn. Janel