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  2. 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.
  3. Ed Twilbeck


    I am fortunate enough to live in the south and I have an inside work place a walk-in closet.
  4. 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.
  5. Andrew V


    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
  6. 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.........
  7. I like that a lot, the leaf is such a nice touch!
  8. 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
  9. Hello The Carving Path community! I'm Michele from Trieste, Italy. I start jade (Nefrite) carving few years ago, when I fell in love with this world watching the work of some skillfull jade carver in New Zealand. Since then I tried some other material like river stones and lately pietrified wood. I build a little but functional working station at home, for now I' using a 10.000-32.000 rpm 130W multitool (not the best, I need to stop working very often to let it cool down). I'm here to help with my little knowledge who is in need and to learn the more I can to expand my horizon in this awesome Carving world! Michele
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  11. Hi Janel, Thanks for the help with navigating the forum. I’ll get it all eventually. I was thinking of writing a bit about stuff that might be of interest to carvers like what it might have been like for a prehistoric carver to create a bison representation on a piece of bone whose shape reminded them of that animal. Maybe talk/converse with people about processes and techniques and have conversations that sometimes occur at shows and such. I think artists are often isolated by the individuality of their craft and unless you know of a community of carvers somewhere, forums like The Carving Path seem like the ‘place’ where those conversations can happen. Since our craft involves the smaller end of the carving spectrum, we find that we have more in common with jewelers (and most especially use many of the same tools) than we do with large scale wood carvers and sculptors like say those that carve totem poles or use chainsaws and the like. Jewelers have plenty of forums as do wood workers and even sculptors. If you try putting in Netsuke online, you get sites geared more towards collectors and enthusiasts but little or nothing about the making of Netsuke or the various types of tools used to sculpt them nor of the techniques and processes involved in their use. Speaking of tools... did somebody mention tools? Hmn? Lol! Just in case anyone is interested, I found an inexpensive way to solve much of the sanding and rotary tool dust problem or at least mitigate it significantly. Being big on air purifiers (”true HEPA" filters are the only filters that actually work) for health reasons and determined therefore to minimize my exposure to sanding and grinding dust, I merrily went online and researched (read: looks at things that he can’t afford) solutions. Naturally finding none that were in that special ‘Goldilocks Zone’ - the ideal balance of low cost and high efficiency, I decided to make my own. I have already made several high efficiency air purifiers (for rooms) using "true HEPA" filters and have even bought the rare purifier that actually does lie in that Goldilocks Zone (I don’t know which is rarer to find - a planet that lies in the Goldilocks Zone of habitability that allows free flowing water to exist on the surface (not too hot to boil off as steam and not too cold to freeze up as ice) - but safe to say that low cost high efficiency air purifiers with True HEPA filtration do exist. Anyone interested in getting one for their room or nursery etc. let me know. I don’t sell them but I do know which ones to buy. However that doesn’t mean that a regular room purifier will work to adequately remove sanding or fine sawdust from a small localized area. Yes high cost systems can do that but they are mostly geared towards high volume sawdust in a wood working shop besides all the ones I found were really expensive and way too much overkill for the comparatively small amount of dust being created carving a Netsuke. A cheapo filter on a box fan set up are only just okay but at least better than nothing. The trick with them, of course, is to find a very powerful but small fan and unless you already have one then you might as well just modify an inexpensive room air filter. It gets clunky and big and noisy and blows everything around too much and...and... it’s more fun making one! So while I searched online for a very powerful but cheap small fan, starting to consider positive and negative air pressures in a small container and such when lo and behold, I come across what is called a Nail Dust Collector. Think of a tolerably powerful small fan, an efficient reusable filter similar to (but not quite) a True HEPA filter and an adjustable hose like a small version of an air duct or clothes drier hose (about 3 inches in dia.) that you can bend into a curve to fit under your vise or next to your hands while you work to suck up any and all fine dust caused by using files, saws or a Dremel type rotary tool. Stone and glass power carvers take note. No the thing is not perfect and yes the fan could always be a bit stronger but the darn thing actually works. You could also work by holding your carving directly over the filter directly. Think of a manicurist holding a client’s hand directly over the device (not using the optional hose) as she files the fingernails. When calculating the cost of buying a fan and a filter and constructing something to hold them together (to say nothing of getting a small length of hose - a hair dryer hose would work for that)… it was cheaper and far more convenient (less cumbersome and bulky) and adequately efficient (maybe even better than I could make myself without incurring greater costs) too! It is small (desktop sized) and relatively portable enough but moreover, the fan is designed for constant use in a professional setting for hours at a time without overheating. You take the filter out, tap it over a waste basket and voila, it is ready for more dust, over and over again. I intend to vacuum it frequently as well so as to render the filter more or less permanent. The cost? I picked up one on Amazon for about $45 or $50 bucks. I am awaiting a piece of inexpensive silk screen material (the one with the biggest mesh openings that I could find - 40 mesh that cost me only $5 a yard by 50 inches) to cut to size for use as a reusable pre-filter to catch the big sawdust and wood scrapings leaving the nail dust collector’s filter to catch the very fine wood dust particulates. Sure a thousand dollar dust collector would be better but then I could be rich, young and good looking too! For about $50 bucks I am smiling (okay fine... I’m chortling and making stupid snickering noises ...sheesh!) at having found something that I had wished I had for a long time so cheaply! Seriously (especially stone, glass, bone and toxic wood dust) fellow carvers ... the thing actually is darn useful for us. Update Oct 18 - The nail dust collector works but needs a better filter so as to capture fine dust particulates. I’ve purchased a 210 micron stainless steel screen for use under the machine’s filter. The inexpensive silk screen fabric proved redundant to the regular filter. I am pursuing these experiments until I find the right balance of filter elements suitable for toxic wood dust that is cheaper to use than is a True HEPA filter. Joe
  12. I have a home made rotary flap sander it is a small drum sander I cut strips to sand and then I use a buffing wheel and polishing compound then I wax with carnauba wax.
  13. I think that I tried to use a very flat-backed sander to try to level the surface after the major wood removal. I brought the surface to a very fine polish with 8,000-10,000 emery cloths, then used a hardening oil, maybe a Woodsheen (uncolored) product from a while back. Sets up fairly quickly and buffs nicely with a cloth. Janel
  14. Yes I have hit the same, most was with a rotary tool and rotary sander. Then finished with a knife and chisels. Then buffed, polished, and waxed.
  15. I had trouble with walnut when carving it, striving for a smooth surface on wavy grain. The rippled grain was rather obstinate, driving the knife up and down instead of me driving it straight through the fibers.
  16. A little box made out of leftovers . Walnut sides , joint cut with Japanese saw and small chisel , top i do not know but is grain and wavy looking, added a small fall leaf, out of Pink Ivory wood. I made this awhile back but had to share.
  17. Had a small piece of walnut burl leftover from a project in the past. Difficulty carving, had to use my power grinder then finished with small knives. Then polished and waxed. May add some beads to make it a necklace.
  18. Dragonfly is Red heart carved , polished, waxed, ready to be strung for a necklace.
  19. Ed Twilbeck


    It’s fall y’all vacation time is over, let’s get back to carving and posting. I will, how about you?
  20. Good looking face. I haven’t tried antler carving I may try it one day. I mostly carve wood. I live on the South Coast of Mississippi, Ocean Springs, 3 blocks from the beach.
  21. Hello Joseph, When you log in to participate on the forum, the unread topics and posts should show up with something in Bold. There are other things that are newer that might also present unread items. At the bottom right of this page, when I complete the post, there may be a linked phrase that indicates unread topics within the section, such as Who's Who, etc. I am also a person who likes to read about prehistory, of people, of evolution, the formation of the earth and how it got to where it is today ... Janel
  22. Hello Don, I was told finally of this problem, and it was a big short-coming on my side. I had to change servers, and also the http:// to https:// and possibly another layer as well. I think and hope that it is now fixed and open to all. I am really sorry about that error on my part. It was always there for me so I was oblivious to the problem until someone recently let me know about it. That might explain why the forum has been so quiet. Thank you for posting. I think that image size is less of an issue now, but it is best to not put huge files on as some folks may still be using metered monthly data cap internet. Janel
  23. Well Hello!!! I thought this site was gone. The last time I tried to log on I was told it no longer existed. Imagine my surprise when in the course of looking for info I found a link to this page. Now I have to re-learn how to do things here. Here is a photo of one of my Antler knife handles...I hope I have this sized right
  24. Hello! I live about 30 miles west of Wilmington, NC. I carve antler as one of my mediums. Please share your work. I'm sure everyone here would love to see it.
  25. Hi Ed, I visited your site - nice pieces/work. There is a textural elegance to your work or maybe I should call it a tactile elegance? Your work invites people to touch, I think. Very nice stuff . I got distracted (lol) by the photo of your tools. If ever you had a 'small' (pun intended) question about miniaturists' tools or wanted to discuss or add advice about them, I’d love it. I am also retired, a former New York City transit worker and while I don’t characterize myself as a fire fighter (out of respect for those who have earned that honor), I did fight forest fires in Washington state way back when I was a young man half a century ago. I acquitted myself well and was commended for my efforts and risks. NYC is a bit of a distance from the forests of Washington but it was a time back then in the Sixties. I do small sculptural carvings similar to Netsuke in size but not actually Netsuke themselves. Some of my work is very similar to Janel's (I admire her skill and talent very much) and your own. I also like realism, mainly of nature (done in wood) and would enjoy discussing technique and process in carving the small piece of wood (and the tools used to make them lol). I am not an anthropologist but am an avid reader/fan of scientific inquiry and as you saw from my post, curious about prehistory (history in general) and always on the lookout for interesting things about about prehistory and ...well anything! There were no pictures accompanying the article on microliths but obviously some kind of 'carving' tools had been used to ‘scrimshaw’ or scratch images of animals on bones or to shape say a bison out of bone or wood. I can very well imagine that some early ‘carver’ ancestor of us both would give his right arm to possess one of your dragonfly necklaces. Appreciate your comment, I still don’t know how the site works or what I have to do to catch other new comments so thanks. See ya! Joe
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