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  2. Thanks for sharing, very different and very enjoyable. Excellent workmanship. Please keep sharing.
  3. Hello, Janel I am very happy you enjoyed my works. I am working hard to forget the Corona and heat days now. Working busy and hard, it is my happiness. Thank you Yoshii
  4. Yoshii, You are being very busy this summer with your inventions! I laughed out loud with Ako-Chan shooting off fireworks! Well done and surprising! With each piece I do enjoy your technical explanations of how each of the creations work. I hope that you remain well and happily busy, Janel
  5. Summer Greetings from Tokyo Japan Japanese rainy season: Tsuyu of this year was record long. Every day was rainy in July. It is really rare. And also, COVID-19 is coming back powerfully. In these situations, please look at my works below. Thank you Yoshii New one: Just before: Popular: All of mine: https://www.youtube.com/user/myoshiiky
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  7. Hello Douglas, The tools should be of a size that will work on the scale that you wish to carve. For me, those would likely be too big for netsuke-sized pieces. As for quality, I will leave that up to others to offer their opinions. What ever the tool, always keep them sharpened while in use, and cut away from the flesh. As you use tools, your work will begin to tell you what is working to do your intentions, and what you might need to add to your array. My most indispensable tools I have in a range from that of a needle-diameter to 1/4" diameter, for example. Janel
  8. So I'm looking to get started with some carving and there is a new in box set of Freud CS-106 6 pc gouge set near me that I thought might be a decent starter set. I hopingI can get it for $75 Canadian. Has anyone used these before are they decent for the price or should I hold off and get a couple of Pfeil tools as I can/need instead? Thanks, Kraken Fan #6
  9. very nice, good work that, I like it
  10. I boil the carving in a soup of walnut hulls with a bit of vinegar. I then sand, scrape and polish leaving the stain in the deep cuts and a slightly browned color on the rest of it
  11. Welcome to you Don! What did you color the bone with? Janel
  12. I’ve been carving beef bones for a few years and I’m glad to finally find a place where others share my interest.
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    Old tools

    They are beautiful. Do you know any of the items that might have been made with them? It is good that you could pass them on. Janel
  14. Hi Folks, I have recently handed down some of my great great grandfather's wood working tools and thought I would share. Almost works of art in themselves....
  15. Hi Andrew, How about if you use more threads to bulk up the braiding to make it a single cord that will fit the hole. For instance two strands paired for each one strand, or what ever works for multi-ply-ing (a pun is in there somewhere) the strands to make the cord the diameter that you want it to be. Janel
  16. Hi Janel, The sheath is apple-wood. Thank you for the kumihimo reference, they look really interesting but the bead hole is only 2mm across, would a pair of kumihimo fit?
  17. Hello Andrew V, That looks like a lot of repetitive work for the scales on the sheath. What is it carved from? Look up ' kumihimo ' here on the forum. There is much information about how folks have made cord for themselves, from different kinds of threads and materials. J
  18. The carving is done, the sheath is finished with Danish oil tinted with artists umber oil paint. I spent a while making the ojime from antler tip but the netsuke I carved a few years back and has sat in a box ever since. Anyine able to advise on an authentic string plait I should use?
  19. Hi Ed, This makes me smile! Thank you for sharing it with us. Janel
  20. I was not a puppet maker but I did make a Marionette , when I finished carving him, I could not put holes in it to attach the strings. So he just sits in our apartment.
  21. This is very clever! I enjoyed seeing how Ako-Chan was involved with the movements! Thank you Janel
  22. Greetings from Tokyo In Japan, the state of emergency was finally released in this week. During the home stay period, following works had been made. https://youtu.be/F1nTgXMAMDM
  23. Greetings from Tokyo In Japan, the state of emergency was finally released in this week. During the home stay period, following works had been made. https://youtu.be/F1nTgXMAMDM
  24. Janel, in the photo is my great-grandfather at the beginning of the 20th century and in front are the heads of puppets, which he carved for the puppet theater. Pavel
  25. Hi Janel, This is cow bone and moon stone . 😎
  26. Hi Andrew, thank you for the comment. Carvers chop is very useful for me (at the link you can see how it is attached) I have my small workshop in the apartment and due to the noise I can't use a mallet or dremel, for example. That's why I have a heavy table on which I have a carves chop attached so that I can use my weight while standing while roughing. My desk is quite high, when I roughing I work standing up, I sit on a bar stool while finishing the carving. Something different suits everyone. Pavel https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/alec-tiranti-scopas-chops-carvers-823280455
  27. Darren, is this bone and opal?
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