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  2. Janel

    Mammoth tusk weight - 5.55 kg.

    Hello, I do not have current knowledge of the price of mammoth tusk. I hope that you will find the information you need. A gentle reminder, this forum is not the place to make sales, so if someone does want to purchase anything please keep the discussion and activity private and not on the forum pages. Best wishes, Janel
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  4. expander12

    Mammoth tusk weight - 5.55 kg.

    Hi friend. Need your opinions to understand cost of this mammoth tusk. I'm going to sell it, payment via PayPal. W - 5.55 kg. H - near 26 cm. Dimension of upper end of the tusk - 13 * 16 cm., bottom end of the tusk is a little bigger than upper end. Best regards Vlad.
  5. Andrew V

    how do you de-grease bone?

    Hi Janel, I didn't actually know what the active ingredient in sugar soap was, but it seems its washing soda, a sodium carbonate form of carbonic acid. It has been pretty effective as a second-stage degreaser but the bone will still need something stronger as a final step.
  6. Summer greeting from Tokyo, Japan This summer in Tokyo is of terribly hot. Someday was over 40 degrees Celsius. The western part of Japan was attacked by heavy rain. It is miserable! Anyway, please look and have fun my new works. Thank you, Yoshii Please click on the displayed video to start. New works: One of old works: My YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/myoshiiky
  7. Janel

    how do you de-grease bone?

    What is sugar soap? I think that acetone is the basic ingredient in finger-nail polish remover.
  8. Andrew V

    how do you de-grease bone?

    Will do. So far I have removed all the organic material and done a surface clean by soaking in sugar soap solution then band sawed the bone into 3 plates, they are back in sugar soap until I can cut them to size and thickness when I will probably soak in acetone, though I could use lighter fluid, it depends which is easier to get hold of locally.
  9. Janel

    how do you de-grease bone?

    Yay! Phew, I am glad that it worked. Let us know how things progress with the bone preparation. Janel
  10. Andrew V

    how do you de-grease bone?

    Thanks Janel, I did as you suggested and put 'the carving path prepare bone' into a search engine and came up with several very useful threads
  11. Janel

    how do you de-grease bone?

    There are methods for preparing bone in the archives. Using the search function is unwieldy, but with enough patience the best suggestions will form a pattern with the shared information from over the years. You might also try using a Search Engine like google, etc., mentioning The Carving Path, which would target the information in the forum as well. In the archives there are many topics regarding the preparation of bone, and many other informational topics and posts about the selection and use of bones. I found this one that might be helpful: https://www.thecarvingpath.net/topic/3123-bones-that-had-been-cleaned-all-cracked/?tab=comments#comment-25210 One takeaway from it is to not cook the bone, and read about the various degreasing agents. Cooking might tend to force the fats into the bone, in my opinion. Good luck to your investigation, preparation and carving of the bone! Janel
  12. Janel

    Hello!

    Hello Tim, Your first attempt is a very elegant one. Your choice to create an inset for the engraved copper works visually as well as functionally, making a sleek profile that lays flat. Welcome! Janel
  13. ukjohn

    how do you de-grease bone?

    Although I have never degreased bone, I understand that it needs to be boiled for a long time and that it stinks the house out!!!
  14. Hi Everyone. I'm prepping a marrow bone for inlay work. I have stripped it of meat but its quite heavily contaminated by grease. Any tips on how to de-grease the bone? Currently its soaking in a strong sugar-soap solution. Thanks, Andrew
  15. Tim Zowada

    Hello!

    Hello! It looks like I'm the new guy here. My name is Tim Zowada I have been making custom knives professionally since 1982. I specialize in forged blades, Damascus steel and home smelted bloomery steel. I have known Jim Kelso for a very long time. I have always been captivated by his work. I have finally come to the place where I can start experimenting with carving and engraving. I have a lot to learn. But, I can see there is a lot of great information on this forum. Here is my first attempt at this sort of work: Blade: Home smelted Timahagane and meteorite with pine branch engraving. Scales: Mammoth ivory with Copper pine cone. I look forward to all the opportunities here. If anyone ever needs help with forging steel, please don't hesitate to ask. Thank you, Tim Zowada
  16. Members have been reporting log in problems. The forum Support team is helping me to sort this out. Some software upgrades and the addition of SSL may have been making logging in troublesome. 1) From forum Support: Please ask them to make certain they are using the new URL which contains https like so: https://www.thecarvingpath.net/ and not using a link which their browser has "remembered" which might be the old http link. 2) You may need to use your Display Name as the username when logging in. 3) If you have trouble logging in, please contact me. Let me know what you are using to log in with unsuccessfully. I will work with the forum Support to try to figure this out. Janel
  17. Janel

    Log In Problems?

    Members have been reporting log in problems. The forum Support team is helping me to sort this out. Some software upgrades and the addition of SSL may have been making logging in troublesome. 1) From forum Support: Please ask them to make certain they are using the new URL which contains https like so: https://www.thecarvingpath.net/ and not using a link which their browser has "remembered" which might be the old http link. 2) You may need to use your Display Name as the username when logging in. 3) If you have trouble logging in, please contact me. Let me know what you are using to log in with unsuccessfully. I will work with the forum Support to try to figure this out. Janel
  18. Paul T

    Need cane strength wood with angle

    Awww man.... you made me think! Now I have to consider a composite piece, cause it looks so well done!
  19. Gary G.

    Need cane strength wood with angle

    It sounds like your hoping to find a suitable piece of found wood to use to use as a cane? If so this will depend what trees/bush that you have access to locally were you live. Steam or heating to bend a handle really is a option only with thinner shanks. The thicker the material the more difficult it becomes to bend the wood without imparting splits in the wood. The photo of the Diamond Willow bent cane already had a bend that I added too to make it usable, but it was less than a inch in diameter across. A common way to have a curve/bend at the top of a cane is cut a shank [branch] from a tree that includes a large section of the tree's trunk at the end of the shank [branch][see video link below], which is shaped down into a handle, this may work for you. As I understand it you carve antler as well, a carved antler handle on top of a cane is another type of cane to explore [see my photo's]. I really like Diamond Willow [Bebbs Willow] for longer hiking / walking sticks, if you have access to it? The heart wood is strong and carves well. Here locally I use Windsor Plywood for my store bought exotic woods, here you can get any size of wood and type of wood that suits your needs. cheers gary Great video on stick straightening Great video how to attach a handle --- Thanks to woodlandsticks for sharing his knowledge, I recommend all of Dave Slater's videos. A overview of steam bending
  20. Paul T

    My Intro (Captain Creaky)

    He should have been supervised, but I was busy with another voice.
  21. Janel

    Help a member find images please?

    Thank you for reminding me about this. I did locate the person and eventually received the images for what I believe had been requested. "Here are two images of the pump set up that we've cobbled together. The covington unit above the pump has a drip feed and the water drains out from the side through the large tube & depends on gravity to settle the sludge."
  22. Janel

    My Intro (Captain Creaky)

    Welcome to The Carving Path. Um maybe except for the teddy bear ... poor thing.
  23. Janel

    Sealing Bone (Finish)

    Hi Paul, Thank you! I have a selection of old dental tools, actually acquired the first ones at the St. Paul, MN Science Museum that had been roughly ground into very interesting, useful tools. They were then called amateur archeology tools, as I recall. I gave them attention on my whet and diamond stones, and used them a lot before making other sorts of tools. Never thought of river stones, good idea. Janel
  24. I've an itching to make anew cane, but cannot seem to find a piece of strong enough that has the bend at the top for the grip that is also thick enough to carve into a wrap around the hand whilst held. I can work with almost any species of wood and strongly prefer solid pieces. Any source you would recommend? I'm also looking for a piece long enough to turn into a 6' walking stick... covered with faces.
  25. Paul T

    Sealing Bone (Finish)

    Well done tools BTW. Another cheap old guy hint - ask your dentist for tools that are too worn to bother re-edging for patient use. I've gotten some really fine things that take a n edge grandly for my materials. And keep your eyes open for fine river stones to help edge and polish.
  26. Paul T

    Sealing Bone (Finish)

    I've been bone carving for a while and agree 100%. Ancient peoples and craftsmen all over do the same and I've held pieces over 1000 years old and stuff done just 20 years ago -keep it oiled with your hands and it can last. The only nod I give to modern techniques is a thin spray of poly to keep my clumsy from leaving scratches.
  27. Paul T

    My Intro (Captain Creaky)

    Age: add in mileage and I have air beat. Race: Human... in theory. USMC 82-90 Married, 3 critters, all out of the house... my wife replaced them with cats and dogs. Carving: Woods and bone. I also do a lot of other crafty type stuff like leather work, calligraphy, artsy things. Been making my own sealing wax for a while, as well as stains for stuff. Disney holic and dirty old guy who strongly believes Children and laughter are sacred things. I also love free stuff... and have very little shame about begging.
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