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  2. Kiyoshi Yoshii

    New year greeting from Tokyo Japan

    Hello, Darrenk Yes, She is cute and awesome! I am Very happy that you enjoyed my works. Thank you Yoshii
  3. DarrenK

    New year greeting from Tokyo Japan

    ! Ako-chan is Awesome !
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  5. Is anyone benefitting from this forum any more? This question I ask myself often. Participation has nearly flat-lined, but I do see that Guests are browsing the pages. Occasionally someone registers. Occasionally someone posts and sometimes there are a few responses. Will the forum blossom this year? Will this year be a wake instead? It is up to the members to encourage one another by participation, posting, asking questions and answering them in helpful ways. That is why this forum was created so long ago. There was a need. Is there still a need for this forum to be available any longer? For now, please post any thoughts in "The Way" if you are moved to make comments. It is up to you. Janel
  6. Kiyoshi Yoshii

    New year greeting from Tokyo Japan

    Hello, Andrew V I am happy you enjoyed my works. How about the following? Thank you Yoshii ๅทจไบบใฎ็›ฎ.mp4
  7. Andrew V

    New year greeting from Tokyo Japan

    That's pretty cool !
  8. Andrew V

    What are you working on....?

    I have read that book more than once, its very good, up to a point. The white inlays are bone, the black are water buffalo horn, the carved inlays are antler.
  9. Andrew V

    Deer Antler

    Be brave about removing the pith, its completely useless, and you should carve away as much as you dare to. It goes so soft when soaked in water you can even cut it away with a spoon. Also, antler takes the most incredible level of detail and is easily worked with standard wood carving gouges as well as scrapers. ๐Ÿ˜‰
  10. DarrenK

    What are you working on....?

    Hi Andrew, That's very cool ! Somewhere I have a large book on the construction of crossbows that I bought in London... what are the inlays made of? Not far to go then .... ๐Ÿ˜Ž
  11. DarrenK

    Deer Antler

    Hi Andrew, Good ideas , thanks . I've not carved a lot of antler before (2nd piece) and wondering if I have been too enthusiastic about boring out the inside materials? Antler is old and should be dry. Decided to stop while I was ahead and not try to carve any more detail... I have used paraffin on the finish and am pleased with the feel and look. Any other tips on carving/prepping antler? Cheers
  12. Andrew V

    What are you working on....?

    Still progressing my replica crossbow, should have all the inlays shown in the photo installed this holiday (the upper 8 are in now), just got to source a large fallow antler palm to carve the last two inlays from , make a string, finish testing the bow, cover it and paint it, and wait for the blacksmith to get some down-time after the Christmas rush, then fine carve all the inlays, make and install the twiddly horn inlays, sand, and varnish the stock and then apply the decorative paint effects . Hope to be all done by Easter. ๐Ÿ˜ Oh, also got to build a crossbow table and make and fletch a set of bolts.
  13. Andrew V

    Deer Antler

    Keep monitoring the weight of the piece - if the weight is stable then it has lost all its moisture and should not crack any more. A coat of wax should seal the surface and slow down any moisture loss if it is still 'wet'. Wax is easily removed with white spirits.
  14. Hello carvers, Wondering what work you might have in progress leading in to Christmas? A perfect time for gifting treasures. I find I have to work on a few pieces at a time. Must stop me getting bored ... they seem to vie with one another to get finished first. Happy holidays ๐Ÿ˜Ž
  15. Janel

    Deer Antler

    Hi Darren, Thank you for the very positive comments. I will now go off your topic of the antler and protective finish. I, too, wonder if there will be a rekindling of members checking in and helping one another. The static nature of the forum is not as competitive with the instant gratification of social media, BUT, the archived conversations between artists here on The Carving Path are accessible and educational. I have found that the onboard SEARCH is helpful, but limited. I test internet search engines using The Carving Path and a particular term, such as "paraffin" and various options are presented. Keeping it going means $30 per month now, checking in regularly, and updating the software when prompted. It gets expensive when only a few persons post per month, if one counts and averages the live action. I am hopeful that others are using the information without also logging in and communicating with others. Come on folks! Help keep this forum alive and well! I miss you! Janel
  16. DarrenK

    Deer Antler

    Hi Janel, Thanks a lot for the info! I will definitely try the paraffin mix . And also the link shows some absolutely incredible jaw dropping carvings....I will finish some details before applying and let you know how it goes.(great idea to do a test first) This is such an amazing site .... full of amazing art and ideas. I wonder if there is any way to rekindle the fire ? Thank you for keeping this site going. Amazing commitment and dedication to the path . It was my light in the dark. ๐Ÿ˜Ž
  17. Janel

    Deer Antler

    It is advisable to test anything that you might want to do for color, texture, and finish before doing it to the actual piece that you have worked to completion. Let us know what you have done and have learned from the process? Best wishes, Janel
  18. Janel

    Deer Antler

    Try these: Long ago, Natasha wrote about how she treats mammoth tusk. http://www.thecarvingpath.net/forum/index.php?/topic/1488-staining-bone/page__view__findpost__p__13174 http://www.thecarvingpath.net/forum/index.php?/topic/688-the-first-breath/page__view__findpost__p__6125
  19. Janel

    Deer Antler

    I am guessing here not being an antler carver per se, if the antler is older, having had time in the elements and not fresh off the deer, it may already be stable and not crack further. That said, oil applications might change permanently the look of the material. Natasha Popova described a mixture that she uses on the surface of her extraordinary sculptures, somewhere here on the forum. You might use paraffin for a key word search. It did bring up various hits. She briefly describes this on the topic "The First Breath". I will look for a better description for you. One may also use Renaissance Wax which will dry clear and non sticky. It will even out dull and shiny to some degree but will not smooth uneven surfaces.
  20. DarrenK

    Deer Antler

    Hi , Nearly finished deer antler carving. Noticing some small hairline cracks , does anyone know the best way to keep this from drying out and cracking more ? Hope everyone has a fantastic Christmas! ๐Ÿ˜Ž
  21. steveo

    Mermaid - bone

    Keep it up, it's an addictive and rewarding thing the carving path!
  22. Andrew V

    Seahorse Netsuke

    Just gorgeous, I love it!
  23. steveo

    Seahorse Netsuke

    I love it, really unusual colouring, but works really well. Great stuff!
  24. steveo

    Anglo Saxon sword

    Thanks Janel, very kind. Beech grain seems to be of quite even hardness, but under heaver hand sanding, it will produce 'waves'. That's not occurring on my project as I've tried to treat it quite lightly. It does seem to be a problem only when sanding or some instances of scraping. I found this when experimenting smoothing on an offcut, it noticed when running a finger over the smooth surface after working. We have a few pieces of beech furniture produced locally to us by Ercol, one of which is a lovely coffee table that we bought second hand from a hotel during a refit. It is a 1960's one and although it is in perfect condition, you can get an idea of the wear quality of beech from this. It has noticeable hollows where the grain is darkest, purely through years of wear and cleaning. It gives a good indication of what happens with heavy working by hand. I did intend to use Oak originally, for its' durability, but beech has such a local presence that it seemed a nice choice. I'm excited to see how smooth it will be when done! Best wishes, Steve.
  25. yloh

    My first three pieces in bone

    beautiful work. thanks for sharing.
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