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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. Throwback Thursday (a day early)

    Hi Bonnie, It is interesting that you adhered the gold leaf first to the bone and then the amber. I had not thought of that, I guess because the surface of the inlay pocket was not made with the iris/pupil in mind, just a flattened surface. This is indeed something to ponder for a future eye solution. It could be so much simpler than the way I was doing it by applying the leaf to the amber iris. Did you carve the jet inlay for the half/half eye? What do you mean by wet jet inlay paste? Wet with an adhesive that solidifies or cures? What you did is effective. Janel
  8. Throwback Thursday

    Hi Bonnie, I appreciate the challenges to fitting the bone and wood parts together, most likely by straight carving and filing. That kind of effort inspired me to learn to use a small lathe. I had been curious about whether or not netsuke-shi used lathes in centuries past and found a reference in an old booklet on line (that I later purchased) that mentioned the use of a lathe for making the hollow and pierced ryusa netsuke. A lathe would make round forms and more easily fitted lids. Your "found" shape of the bone and the wood insert has a freshness to it. Might you be willing to describe your inlay technique? My own work did not include more than eye insertions or little dot accents, and am interested in how others accomplish inlay. Janel
  9. Clover Key Sun sashi netsuke (in progress)

    Good to see your inquisitive mind working on tools! If you can, find some 1000, 1200, 1500, 2000 wet/dry papers as well. I have found them at auto shops that supply things for body/finish repair. It costs a bit, but when cut into 80, or so, pieces (about 1" x 1.25" rectangles), it lasts a while. For organizing these small pieces of varying grits, I use little plastic divided and covered tray/boxes. One might use them for fishing tackle or small things of all sorts. I've got two just for the papers. Before cutting the long strips (cut in one direction) I draw on the assigned color code, which also follows with the toothpick sander color codes. Some are plain, single colors, some are a color with a black line, or two colors together. My range of papers includes 50-80-100-220-320-400-600-1000-1200-1500-2000-2500. The last two are rarely used, but can bring a shine to dense, resinous woods or other polishable materials. For the tools, the higher numbers will bring a gloss and very fine edge to the tools if used like a strop. With these tiny tools a strop needs to be quite stiff so that the edge does not get too rounded over. Janel
  10. damage control

    Yay! I am glad that you found some and that it is a positive tool for you. Janel
  11. damage control

    I use a carving peg with some poster putty, which is malleable and a little tacky, stuck to the end of the peg. It holds the small piece, provides protection to the carving when placed against the wood that serves as support. Other maybe "larger" pieces I use a leather bag filled with sand. Such things are used by jewelers. This is a very long ago image but it does show the carving peg that is screwed from underneath to the bench top, with the poster putty in place for use with the mammoth tusk piece that I was carving the time. The putty was a great discovery and is responsible for much relief for the "holding" hand. The piece can be stuck to it and can be removed and turned to the next position needed. When a piece is in the fine detail stages, I take a thin white glove and cover the putty so that the little bit of oils in the putty will not influence the wood surface. I will also wear those gloves, with finger tips cut out on the tool-holding hand. This image below shows the leather, sand-filled bag. The carving peg itself has been much used/abused and has rough spots that can hold a piece when pressing against the carving while carving. This discussion includes some information about carving holding and pegs: Best wishes, Janel
  12. Magnifying glasses

    Oh the things we do to be able to see the details! Those look pretty serious, and must be amazing to use. What degree of magnification to they provide? Is that adjustable? You might find some sort of padding to spread out the weight on your nose. My own solution is to wrap some cloth and then some paper tape around that part that sits on my nose. It need replacing now and then, but does the job well enough. The wire frame sits below my carving glasses, which are prescription lenses. The main part of the carving glasses is made to work for lower magnification that focuses on the carving area and the bench top, and the seamless bifocal area for focusing on the carving peg before me, that 10-12" that you mentioned. It may be a bit more flexible that those specific distances. These are Bebe Binocular loupes from 60 or more years ago, inherited from my uncle who was a dentist. They are occasionally offered on Ebay I think. With the carving prescription they offer about 10x magnification. The lenses can be positioned by the little wheel and threaded rod just underneath, to fit one's own focusing needs. Janel
  13. Clover Key Sun sashi netsuke (in progress)

    Hi Bonnie, Good idea to make the hood barrier for the torch. It does offer a degree of control for the tempering, which can go very quickly. I know if a tool maker (different sort of tools, for softer wood carving) who uses a toaster oven that can be set at the tempering degree that he wishes to achieve. I don't know the details though. I am thinking about the smaller background spaces, confined by positive relief in your design ... The second from the right has the kind of idea for a tool series the might work for such spaces, for flattening/smoothing those smaller spaces: This rough tools were acquired in Japan, for ivory carving. The idea of the edge being on the end rather than the side allows it to be used differently than an edge on the long side. To be able to make your own tools opens the way for solving problems when no tool seems to work just the way you want it to. You might find something with the dental tools that might be adaptable. Janel
  14. Costs going up for the forum

    One of the members has made a generous donation towards the operating expenses for The Carving Path forum. I am filled with gratitude for this gift. Thank you.
  15. Costs going up for the forum

    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.
  16. Clover Key Sun sashi netsuke (in progress)

    I found images of the two Stephen Myhre tools that were gifted to me a long time ago. The note on the image folder "Stephen Myhre tools 2008 before much wear". They are now significantly shorter/changed from years of use and sharpening, but still important choices for what they have to offer with their shapes. The elegant thinner one presents a long, shallow curve, which is what I would recommend for smoothing surfaces. Either of the curved edges on the top of the tool, or a tool made with the single leading knife edge that could be slightly curved, could sweep gently across bumpy surfaces, delicately shaving fine whisps of material off the surface until the degree of smoothness is achieved. This video was created long ago, but does show how I hold and use tools for various kinds of material removal. Just after 5 minutes a tool is being used that gently planes/shaves a surface to smooth it: Tool Use Demonstration - Stephen Myhre Style Tools & Janel Jacobson's Tools Well, that actually is a cutting stroke that later becomes a smoothing stroke, but not the fine touch of a finishing stroke that is done with a very light touch. The stroke on the convex leaf surface is being done with a straight edge. You may want to use a slightly curved edge on the flat background of the piano key ivory to flatten and smooth the surface. In the same vein, a concave surface would be smoothed with an appropriately curved sharp edge. I have a few tools from 1/16th to 3/16th inch diameters that have three equal sides with three relatively equal shallow curves. The variety of Craftsman pin punch diameters can be a handy place to start. The four to the right are such tools from 1/16" to 3/32" diameters. If you use a grinder to do the initial shaping, do not let the tip get to red hot. For the smaller diameters a honing stone can do the job, and move upwards with the grits to gain a very sharp edge and a near polished surface. These triangular small tools are superior for undercutting and creating a separation shadow that gives life to the subjects, much like when your finger is placed on a surface and you can see that it is separate from the surface it is touching. My very first tools that I made were from HSS drill bits. Awkward to hold, but better than nothing. They were very hard to shape well as I recall. Somewhere here on the forum some folks cringed when I admitted using HSS for making tools. They will do in a pinch, but there are better materials for making tools from. The non pin punch tools were fashioned from O-1 drill rod with oil quench. Somewhere here on the forum there are descriptions for making tools I believe. The 0-1 rod can be ground, filed, shaped then hardened with a bit of refining of the faces and edges before tempering to straw color. You can see an assortment of my tools on my web site: http://janeljacobson.com/toolsstudio/tools2012.html Other shorter tools might fit better the piece you are working on. This is where making multiple, slightly differently proportioned tools can be useful. I managed to do that while trying to understand the dynamics of the sides and the top in relation to one another. Eventually each extra tool became a useful one. These were some of the oddballs that actually became useful over time: I hope that some of this will be helpful as you consider smoothing the surfaces of the ivory. Sanding papers leave scratches that have to be laboriously sanded ever finer away until nonexistent. Keep the scraping tools exceedingly sharp and un-nicked and your surface will be beautifully smoothed with out sanding papers. A higher polish can be then attempted with micro mesh cloths up to 8,000 to 12,000. Very glossy surfaces on some woods and animal origin materials. Best wishes, Janel
  17. Clover Key Sun sashi netsuke (in progress)

    It is a pleasure to see your current work Bonnie, Tight spaces and a very shallow piece of material to be working with. Nicely done so far. How do you plan on smoothing? Would it be the background? I may have some tool suggestions if you might not have what you want, but you would likely have to make them. Janel
  18. Magnifying glasses

    Nice! Better than I thought it could be. It is good to see the workspace through the lens. Janel
  19. inro/sagemono for phones?

    I believe that netsuke or ojime have been/are being used by some in Japan for carrying phones. One netsuke-shi had a few ojime pinned to the outside of her purse. Janel
  20. Magnifying glasses

    A link to a brief video of Komada Ryushi in Washington, DC earlier this year: http://www.npr.org/2017/04/01/522120453/in-the-art-of-netsuke-tiny-toggles-tell-delightful-stories-of-japan?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=202706 An example of how he uses a portable carving peg for demonstrations, and how he holds his tools while working on a piece.
  21. Hurricane Nate

  22. Small Shorebird

    Oh what a bother that must be. I've assisted a parent and sister when it grew to be too much and replacements occurred. I am truly sorry for your discomfort. I am glad that you can keep carving, to keep your mind otherwise occupied! Janel
  23. Small Shorebird

    I would suggest moderate detail and more about form than exquisite detail. The fine details would get lost in the grain of the wood, which is evident in the photo. My mother grew up in a place called Heron Lake. Sorry to read about your pain. Could you modify a carving spot for standing occasionally? It crosses my mind from time to time, especially in this day and age of office workers having elevating desk surfaces for standing at the computer. Janel
  24. Magnifying glasses

    Economical solution! Good idea! Janel
  25. Magnifying glasses

    Hi Bonnie, Your set up sounds enviable. My workbench peg is set so that I can rest my forearms on it while working, or as I need to. I have mentioned recently the stuff that I use to reduce the strain on my hands. It is called Scotch Removable Mounting Putty. It is white. There are others that are yellow or blue. I like the neutral non-color. This allows the small piece to be stuck in place while removable and easily repositionable. My holding hand is more relaxed and more free to work with the carving hand as fulcrum and guide. The peg does not have to be a 4 x 4, that is just what I had on hand at the time. The jewelers bench peg should work just as well. Here are a couple of images from a netsuke carving class taught by Komada Ryushi in Tokyo that I visited some years ago. They show a portable setup using a small vise that seems to be reposition able. Looks interesting.