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  2. The picture below is a stone slab that was given to me and I would like to figure out what it is and how could I possibly cut off chunks
  3. 7 years later, here are some of the tools I was able to finish, sorry it took so long.
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  5. I apologize for being so late to respond, I have been recovering from a broken wrist and surgery. Power tools can be useful but at most speeds can generate heat from friction, causing the material to burn. Take care with capturing the dust generated as well. There are several ideas, from simple to elaborate, for dust capture systems posted in earlier years here on the forum, which can be found using the SEARCH option. I would not use water while cutting or working tusk, fearing cracking upon drying. If others have used this method successfully, it is outside of my own experience. Water for shell working yes, tusk and bone maybe not. My history with carving I have preferred hand tools for most of the work after the roughing out with burrs using a micro grinder, for the development of careful shaping and detail work. There are discussions on the forum about preferred tools that we have all made for our chosen use, since there has been a lack of availability for specific use small tools commercially. SEARCH and learn a lot from the wealth of information waiting to be discovered here on The Carving Path forum. Janel
  6. Thank you for your nice comments. 😊 Pavel
  7. Wow! This is amazing! thanks for all the detail and pics of your process. It's gorgeous. That copper looks exactly the color of a bullrush Also I see Mr Kelso gave it a thumbs up, so strong work!
  8. This is so beautiful! Your daughter will love this for the rest of her life....
  9. This is such a great idea...and your carvings are awesome. "studies" he says.....😂🥺 I've been carving approx. the same size heads out of ebony and Blackwood for a few years. If I had taken the time to carve some studies, I'd have saved myself a lot of grief. A lot.
  10. I've been using the same flex cut combo as in Ed's pic for years....I clean it off with a tooth brush now and then and I'm amazed it's still intact. I love the yellow compound that comes with it..better than Zam even. I have never heard of using cardboard, but I've had the same problem Janel mentioned, I'm gonna try it.
  11. Hi Deniz, Nice material to work. I use wood saws, sharp and thin blades or you waist material. You can use band saws but the blades tend to be thicker and you will eat more material up which yoiu dont want to do. You can shape it up on carborundum wheel though belts would be better ( keep wet or you will fill the room with dust not to mention your lungs. You should be able to shape simple shapes with this alone. Finish by hand with emery papers and polish on felt with Linde A. If you want to take it further and carve use a pendant drill with steel carving burrs and blaze away. Good luck
  12. Hi, I have a big chunk of mammoth tusk I would love carved into a pendant for a necklace. Would anyone here be able to help with this/ know someone who could help? What kind of equipment would I need to do this?
  13. Ed Twilbeck

    No work.

    No work today it’s Labor Day.
  14. Hurricane headed to the Mississippi or Louisiana Coast . We live less then a mile from the Coast . Just a way of life to live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We will be okay live in the best built building in Ocean Springs Ms. talk to you later,after the storm.
  15. Thank you for the positive feedback. They will be just heads on pedestal. A quick practice carving is good for me because I'm not afraid to make mistakes .. I'm used to carving for example when my wife is shopping in the supermarket and I'm waiting for her in the car. In the end we are both happy, I recommend to all carvers 😊
  16. No particular purpose other than the way it ended up, and for the drilling the holes for blades.
  17. How have you been lately? In Japan, this summer was also a series of extreme heat days, and then has been local severe raining. In addition, COVID-19 is still relentlessly wide spreading. Under such circumstances, let's recover own mind occasionally and survive lithely. I am happy if the followings will be a seed of distraction for you. Well then...See you Yoshii Kiyoshi ******************************************************* ◇New works◇ ◆Bouncing Ball https://youtu.be/4Zbd8oi4XVE ◆Strange Slope Circuit https://youtu.be/zarL2mQx4Ls ◆Strange Slope https://youtu.be/LquDyjwqkbE ◇Popular◇ ◆Perpetual motion? https://youtu.be/_bEzVOWQAa ◇Collection of Works◇ ◆YouTube Channel myoshiiky https://www.youtube.com/user/myoshiiky ***********************************************************
  18. For my small tools I use a block of wood. Just like the cardboard. If you have gouges or V tools you can cut the shape of your tools into the wood, add your compound to the shape, honing comes easy and good. Will come back with pictures later, if you wish.
  19. Those are so tiny and expressive! Your skill with capturing characteristics of head shapes, and facial expressions is admirable. Will these be taken further, or be 'heads on pedestals'?
  20. Thank you Francis for the good explanation. What is next for your adventures?
  21. Very nice, Ed! If those were mine, I would round the sharp angled edge on the tool end of the handle. That is, unless it serves a purpose as it is.
  22. Good question, Ed. I do not have a real answer, but if you are changing quality or "grit" then maybe changing strops or cleaning it would be a good practice. I use a piece of cardboard such as from cereal boxes and charge it with a stick of compound. When the cardboard gets cut up or the waxy compound gets really dirty, I just change the cardboard. The leather strop that I have is not fine enough for my tiny tools, just the carpenter tools. And, I lost the little bottle of dust that came with the strop, years ago.
  23. Thank you Janel! There is a little silver insert on each side, they are "menuki" in the shape of Japanese war arrows. The menuki are little ornaments that are traditionally attached to this style of handles either through or behind the cord/ito (same as on katana handles for instance). They are supposed to improve the grip somehow, but they often tend to be a bit bulky for my taste, which can become awkward to hold. For this reason I always try to make a fairly narrow and thin set of menuki, which still fulfills the aesthetic function but doesn't bulk up the handle too much. I originally struggled to pick a theme for them. I chose war arrows because the ginkgo leaf is (among other things) a symbol of peace. I liked the balance this brought since after all, the price of peace is often and unfortunately war. Thank you Jim 🙏 This felt like progress
  24. Thank you both for the positive reviews 😊
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