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  2. Hello Douglas, The tools should be of a size that will work on the scale that you wish to carve. For me, those would likely be too big for netsuke-sized pieces. As for quality, I will leave that up to others to offer their opinions. What ever the tool, always keep them sharpened while in use, and cut away from the flesh. As you use tools, your work will begin to tell you what is working to do your intentions, and what you might need to add to your array. My most indispensable tools I have in a range from that of a needle-diameter to 1/4" diameter, for example. Janel
  3. So I'm looking to get started with some carving and there is a new in box set of Freud CS-106 6 pc gouge set near me that I thought might be a decent starter set. I hopingI can get it for $75 Canadian. Has anyone used these before are they decent for the price or should I hold off and get a couple of Pfeil tools as I can/need instead? Thanks, Kraken Fan #6
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  5. very nice, good work that, I like it
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  7. I boil the carving in a soup of walnut hulls with a bit of vinegar. I then sand, scrape and polish leaving the stain in the deep cuts and a slightly browned color on the rest of it
  8. Welcome to you Don! What did you color the bone with? Janel
  9. I’ve been carving beef bones for a few years and I’m glad to finally find a place where others share my interest.
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    Old tools

    They are beautiful. Do you know any of the items that might have been made with them? It is good that you could pass them on. Janel
  11. Hi Folks, I have recently handed down some of my great great grandfather's wood working tools and thought I would share. Almost works of art in themselves....
  12. Hi Andrew, How about if you use more threads to bulk up the braiding to make it a single cord that will fit the hole. For instance two strands paired for each one strand, or what ever works for multi-ply-ing (a pun is in there somewhere) the strands to make the cord the diameter that you want it to be. Janel
  13. Hi Janel, The sheath is apple-wood. Thank you for the kumihimo reference, they look really interesting but the bead hole is only 2mm across, would a pair of kumihimo fit?
  14. Hello Andrew V, That looks like a lot of repetitive work for the scales on the sheath. What is it carved from? Look up ' kumihimo ' here on the forum. There is much information about how folks have made cord for themselves, from different kinds of threads and materials. J
  15. The carving is done, the sheath is finished with Danish oil tinted with artists umber oil paint. I spent a while making the ojime from antler tip but the netsuke I carved a few years back and has sat in a box ever since. Anyine able to advise on an authentic string plait I should use?
  16. Hi Ed, This makes me smile! Thank you for sharing it with us. Janel
  17. I was not a puppet maker but I did make a Marionette , when I finished carving him, I could not put holes in it to attach the strings. So he just sits in our apartment.
  18. This is very clever! I enjoyed seeing how Ako-Chan was involved with the movements! Thank you Janel
  19. Greetings from Tokyo In Japan, the state of emergency was finally released in this week. During the home stay period, following works had been made. https://youtu.be/F1nTgXMAMDM
  20. Greetings from Tokyo In Japan, the state of emergency was finally released in this week. During the home stay period, following works had been made. https://youtu.be/F1nTgXMAMDM
  21. Janel, in the photo is my great-grandfather at the beginning of the 20th century and in front are the heads of puppets, which he carved for the puppet theater. Pavel
  22. Hi Janel, This is cow bone and moon stone . 😎
  23. Hi Andrew, thank you for the comment. Carvers chop is very useful for me (at the link you can see how it is attached) I have my small workshop in the apartment and due to the noise I can't use a mallet or dremel, for example. That's why I have a heavy table on which I have a carves chop attached so that I can use my weight while standing while roughing. My desk is quite high, when I roughing I work standing up, I sit on a bar stool while finishing the carving. Something different suits everyone. Pavel https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedia/alec-tiranti-scopas-chops-carvers-823280455
  24. Darren, is this bone and opal?
  25. Pavel, can you explain what we are seeing in the photo? Janel
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    Hello Pavel, I've been busy and have not had time for commenting here for some time. Sorry. Yes, buxus is very much harder. Tools just need to be sharpened well and more often. The tools and wood will let you know when. More patience as well, and keep your flesh out of range of the edge ... tools can skid quickly when the edge does not catch the wood, especially on round things. Each wood has its own qualities to offer to the carver. Figuring that out is part of the life long process of learning. Janel
  27. Umm, what is the level of technology available in your universe? So, a rasp and saw with various scrapers is all you would need, plus a drill; no it does not smell like death unless you are using power tools, and even then it doesn't get past unpleasant, Any bone can be worked but the shapes you describe would need a large leg-bone, cattle or large deer. Assembly lines are a good idea. White powder does not go everywhere, even with power tools.
  28. what will you be fixing the vice to? I am a cheap-skate. My bench is a re-cycled ledge and brace door, I fixed an inherited carpenters flush vice to it, I mounted a 4x4 post (chest-height) onto a corner of it that I can screw a variety of holders to - usually scraps cut to the right shape for holding whatever I am carving - I usually screw bits and bobs directly to my 'bench' to hold whatever I am carving, sometimes some well-placed nails and peg in the vice winding the work piece to push against the nails works really well - small in-the-round carvings do not always work well with a vice. And yes, this is not best practice, and yes it damages your bench but I use mine every day and after 20 years it is still going strong. Do whatever works for you, but I would go with a flush-fit vice, not an engineers vice (mine is in a bag under the bench - I dismounted it 10 years ago as it was in the way, never even missed it) The vital thing is the height of your bench - it must be the correct height - you establish this by standing elbows at side, hands held out at 90 degrees, palm down, the palms should brush the top of your bench. If you are more than 5'3" your bench will need to be higher than a standard work bench if you stand to work.
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