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  2. DarrenK

    Deer Antler

    Thanks lads , that's great info. The piece of antler I used was quite old, have now acquired some fresh stuff to try my hand at . I've also heard deer bone is good to carve ?
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  4. Andrew V

    Deer Antler

    I have found antler readily soaks up water and readily dries out. That buttery quality is easily restored with an overnight soak. Also, the pith goes soggy when soaked and that is a good indicator of what you need to get rid of.
  5. David Moir

    Deer Antler

  6. Hello everyone, I am not a carver but have aprox. 650 lbs of Alabaster and Soapstone. If there is any interest, please contact me and I can give you more detail! I've seen some incredible carvings made with these stones. Private message me here, and I will provide a link to the stones. kahlukers@gmail.com Thank you, Liz
  7. Janel

    The carving path

    Hello Ed, Thank you so much for your very thoughtful and encouraging words. I remain hopeful that this forum and its many years of generous information, archived here since January of 2005, will be helpful to others. If anyone wishes to make a financial contribution towards the forum's expenses, that generosity would be appreciated. I know, it is tacky to ask for $$$ but keeping the forum open and on the web has its ongoing costs. Ed, I am sorry to read that you are slowed by pain. Thank you again for your kind words, and I hope that you are able to carve and create from time to time. Janel
  8. Ed Twilbeck

    The carving path

    I have been a member for a while and have used it in the past much more than I do now. My age and pain has slowed me down. That said I wish it would continue, I think a lot of new and young carvers, and myself would get inspired by what other carvers do. Many of my ideas for my carvings have came from others here. To see the art and wonderful work done by so many fantastic Artist that have posted their ideas, their drawings, their work in progress,their finished work. Yes I have seen some of their work on other sites, like Pinterest, etc , but all of the personal feelings, the comments, the advice, the encouragement, is not at any other site. I hope someone can keep it going and,hope it will. Thanks Ed.
  9. 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
  10. DarrenK

    New year greeting from Tokyo Japan

    ! Ako-chan is Awesome !
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Andrew V

    New year greeting from Tokyo Japan

    That's pretty cool !
  14. 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.
  15. 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˜‰
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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.
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