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So this place is pretty dead these days and Ive found some very useful groups on facebook.

 

Our Workbenches

Great place for all things related to making your work and has some of the best carvers in the world as members always willing to share advice. How to make tools, how to use tools, etc.

 

Friends Of Jade

Jade related group and the one I can find with the most members. Again some of the best jade carvers are members of this group and there are rough jade sales, pictures, carvings and also a great place to ask advice and share. Also fantastic inspiration!

 

JadeNow, the Book of Contemporary Jade Culture

Another jade only group, not as many members or as much content as friends of jade but has its place.

 

Резная миниатюра * Carved Miniatures

Amazing work in all forms from all over the world, really inspirational stuff.

 

 

Im sure there are many many more and the turnover on these forums is 20x what it is on here so people will comment on your work, give feedback and help with questions almost immediately. There are also many groups for art sales and art in general. Ive sold more stuff on facebook then anywhere else, often though one has to be specific and say this is for sale!

 

These groups also opened my eyes beyond the usual English Western carvers to the absolutely amazing work done by Asian, Germans and Russian friends. I thought Id seen good carvings and I remember the day my whole world fell down and took on a whole new perspective of what good was!

 

Anyway sad to see the place so dead, but if you love getting immersed in these things these groups are fantastic. I dislike facebook (I dont even have a mobile phone) but it has so many useful bits to it!

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yeah the facebook thing is a problem . It's a great opportunity to show your work and make connection (cuse verybody's on it) and at the same time it killed forums and places like that. I'm kinda old school about internet, I started using forum and putting music for free even before I ended up high school (I'm 37 now) , and facebook always looked to me a little bit suspicious....I don't have a facebook account for that reason and will not get one for that reason again (Naomi does) , And for me it's sad to see it is the main plateform the internet nowadays.... isn't the internet supposed to be a place with differents types of plateforms ? Not even sure i can express myself in a intellegible way on that subject. I'm sure there is a interesting and inteligent way to use this plateform, don't get me wrong, but i will not just because I've got this old punk feeling that if you don't use it, you're choosing to give power to other plateforms like forums and all (yes I'm very vengeful on the suject :))

 

Ps : don't have a mobile phone neither. Join the resistance (but then again, try not to get stuck in shitty/dangerous/desperate situation neither :))

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The forums and Facebook stand as two very different resources. You're not going to find step by step detailed tutorials on a wide variety of carving techniques at Facebook. You're not going to find TCP fulfilling a need for social interaction.

 

Time will tell the relative merits of each.

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Just another thought. Almost every time I look there are 15-25 users at TCP. If you click the "(See full list)" link at the bottom of the menu page you can see the variety of topics being viewed in real time. The topic list of that number of viewers is often impressive in itself.

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Re the detailed tutorials on facebook: You'd be surprised, a lot of artists post in progress shots and answer any and all questions one could ask about technique and tools. Likewise if one wants to know just ask and many people provide info on how to do something. I also use it to directly contact artists and get their tools and techniques from them, so far all have replied. TCP has some great info but then again maybe Ive just read it all already or my search topics are outside the realm of TCP. I havent come here from a google search in a long time.

 

TCP has 2220 members by my count, though it might not be representative of the actually current membership. That is double most of the facebook groups I visit, people just dont post often here. Posts of new work get amazing coverage on facebook and I now sell most of my pieces and get most of my commissions on there.

 

If one adds the utility of having ones own artist page and directed advertising offered by facebook it represents and unparalleled opportunity to get work out there. You can direct your advertising of work to people of certain interests, jobs and even different pay brackets. In the US you can even direct it to people who spend greater then a certain amount of $ on the internet.

 

Everyone is different. I really do hope TCP returns to its former glory and offered the above links for those, who like me, were missing a steady stream of awesome work to look at and inspire :)

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the way TCP has contributed to my technics and inspiration and belife in my work is unvaluble for me. FB I just started 2 chck out these carving sites

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