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  2. I believe that the tips might be solid for a way towards the main stalk. The thickest part should have marrow-like pith matrix. If it is not in objectionable condition, such material is sometimes incorporated into the concept that one is carving. It takes some fore-thought. Janel
  3. hollow, well, filled with a useless pith you will need to remove, suggest you soften it with warm water
  4. Slow ,but I am looking , for what I can find. Have some ideas. One question. Is the body of Antler solid or , are they hollow? Ready to cut a section, and keeping the end to make a small pendant.
  5. How is it going with the antler?
  6. Had a Saturday and Sunday Arts and Crafts Festival the largest in south Ms. the festival was good but was cold for us southerners windy and cold. But Saturday I got a nice surprise delivered to me . Thanks very much for the antler. Looking to see what I can find in it to carve.
  7. The multi tool. Thanks to Iopaki I buildt a very effective waterflow system so the stone and grinding tips now it's perfect!
  8. It ok don’t worry about it , I am trying to get myself ready for the local Arts and crafts Festival and show, here in our town and it is right on the side of our building, so I set up in our side yard. Show is Saturday and Sunday, been doing it since 1990.
  9. Hi Joe, I apologize for not seeing your post, I have been preparing for a show that we set up this evening... and the house furnace needed to be replaced so 42° temps in the house did not allow for late night web time. I'll try to post about it at a quieter time. Janel
  10. Isn’t that something? Sadly the guy died at a very young 25. I don’t know what from. His work is even more spectacular than are the better known gothic miniature prayer beads. The details in Janella’s work are just stunning. He obviously made it a point to carve thin almost threadlike elements in the round to showcase his extraordinary skills. I find myself looking at his work wondering just how was he able to accomplish it technique wise. Unfortunately photos do not explain how he did it but only show that he did! Perhaps you might discuss the process and the specific techniques that are involved in creating such unbelievable delicacy of detail? In particular the techniques that you used in making the ‘Day Lilly And Snowy Tree Cricket’ piece. While members of the viewing public are only peripherally interested in such a discussion or essay, fellow artists hunger for them with a passion. What tools did you use, what carving techniques, what thought processes went on as the legs of the cricket grew so ‘dangerously’ slender and fragile? A viewer might not wonder about the negative space like that which exists beneath the cricket’s belly between the legs but a fellow carver would love to hear just how it was created (given that the legs are so delicate). Anyway, I am glad that you and others enjoyed seeing the pics. They were from an exhibit (and book) ‘Small Wonders: Gothic Boxwood Miniatures’ . It was an exhibit at the Met in Feb (22) 2017. And yes I am a pest but I would truly love to hear you speak in your own words about the process and thoughts that went into your beautiful and skillful work. Joe
  11. Thanks for sharing your time and information. If I get some antler I will have to try carving it. Your Pinterest pictures are inspirational and your site is very interesting. Thanks for sharing your time and information. Got something to think about.
  12. Depends on which part of the antler I am working. The disk at the end where it joins the skull is good for netsuke but is very hard and responds well to scrapers, the stem of the antler, all the antler really has a useless soft core (pith) which you must remove - it is so soft that you can flood it with warm water and scrape it out with a spoon, This leaves the wall of the antler which is a dream to carve, and which you can carve with standard wood-carving tools as well as scrapers - I have a pin-board of carved antler and bone items, mostly bone items, and none of them by me, but it does show what is possible. https://www.pinterest.co.uk/avenuew/carved-antler-and-bone/ The stems cannot be heat-formed and so lend themselves to tubular forms - traditionally, needle cases, salt cellars, powder horns. If you use a palmate antler - moose or fallow deer for instance, the palms are great for relief carvings - I split the palm and make carved inlays which are only about 1.5 mm thick, many medieval 'ivory' carvings are in fact antler. The palms can be heat-formed, up to a point, are flexible, up to a point, but can snap without warning if you get clumsy with them or they dry out too much. Biggest down-side is it can be difficult to colour, it resists many stains and is translucent. This translucency can make for an interesting carving experience if your eyes are tired or your lighting is wrong. Biggest upside - it accepts the very finest of detail in a way even box-wood doesn't; it is astonishing how fine you can carve it
  13. These are the tools of Ottaviano Jannella (circa 1654-1660), a master carver of boxwood microsculptures and some examples of his work. He studied under the famous Bernini. The universe is a crazy place to live in. If you don’t believe me then I suggest you take note of his name - Jannella and then think of another master carver of boxwood named Janel. P.S. Octaviano Janella’s father was named Jannello Jannella.
  14. That sounds interesting, never worked with antler, but would like to see it and then maybe try it. Tell me what you do to work with antler.
  15. sweet; might try something like that in antler.......
  16. Most of my Dragonflies are 2 -1/2 to 3 inches, I make them with what wood I have or have found. The one shone is right in the middle of that. If pictures are wanted I will be glad to post later.
  17. Ed Twilbeck

    Fall

    I am fortunate enough to live in the south and I have an inside work place a walk-in closet.
  18. The wax is the last step, it is carnauba wax in a block form and the hardest wax I have found. I buff it with a rotary chamois strips and a rotary nylon string buffer. If pictures are wanted I will be glad to post later.
  19. Nicely done, how big is it?
  20. Andrew V

    Fall

    Need to stir my stumps a bit, lots of stuff on the go with work and wood-work, really need to choose something small to chip away at by the dining table when the workshop gets too cold for bows and cross-bows. I'll be sure to post when I do carve something suitable
  21. I found that putting a wax on before fine sanding really helps with difficult grain; it acts a bit like a sanding sealer but also lubricates the surface under the paper making the process that bit easier, although the wastage on the paper increases significantly as the wax clogs it up quite quickly. Lovely little carving though, I like at as a pendant, but it might make one half of a pair of ear-rings.........
  22. I like that a lot, the leaf is such a nice touch!
  23. Janel

    Hello from Italy

    Hello Michele, welcome to The Carving Path forum. When you mention needing "to stop working very often to let it cool down", what needs to cool down ... the multi tool or the stone and grinding tip? Janel
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