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  2. Janel

    The carving path

    Dear Bonnie, Thank you. Your succinct observations are sincerely appreciated. Further your offer of support is marvelous. I am trying to research what and how to make the forum appear on the archiving web site. There is a learning curve with that, it is not yet performing as I would like to see it. Meanwhile, please everyone, post and ask questions on The Carving Path forum and keep the information flowing. Thank you again Bonnie, you are immensely perceptive and helpful. Janel
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  4. B.K. Henderson-Winnie

    The carving path

    Hi Janel, I think archiving this site is a great option, and I'll be happy to contribute to the costs of that. There is just so much valuable information here that isn't readily available elsewhere it is worth preserving. Along with all the good conversations! Trying to keep a balance and have right livelihood in changing markets/environments/conditions is difficult, to put it in mildest terms. I applaud the fact that you are making your living as an artist, whatever the medium! I don't think a lot of people understand that to choose life as an artist, for most people who don't come to it with ample financial resources, is to choose a life demanding flexibility and resourcefulness, as well as sacrifice and constant assessment of the market, constant hustle. And real and constant work in striking a balance with family obligations and all else life demands outside of the studio and stage. I see it all the time with the performers here. Skill, even brilliance doesn't always guarantee success (where success = you are able to keep doing it for a living). And some success doesn't mean that it will continue, even if the work continues to be really good. I could launch off into a whole multi page tangent about craft, value, and its relationship with income. And the question "who am I making this for?". But I won't right now It is also true that if this forum ends up going into archive-only mode, any new enthusiastic carvers that come along and want to make a forum of their own and keep it active, they will. I hope if that happens down the road, that we can point them to the archive as a helpful resource. I treasure the opportunity I've had to learn from the contents of this site, and to get to know and befriend the person responsible for initially bringing me back into artmaking, and whose work continues to inspire. They say "don't meet your heroes because in real life they often disappoint", but that has been dramatically untrue in this case. I am glad to know you, and to continue to follow you work & life on facebook, Janel. I'm grateful for all you have given and continue to give. You're pretty special, too! Whatever you decide, it'll be the right thing. With gratitude, Bonnie
  5. Janel

    Very helpful

    Asking questions along your exploration path helps all who read the Q & A. I will try to be helpful with answers if I know them. Keep your tools sharp and carve away from your flesh! Janel
  6. Janel

    The carving path

    Hello Bonnie, Thank you for your thoughtful message content. I do continue to consider taking a step towards not keeping the forum live for interaction between members. In the past years I have learned of a website archiving site. A while back a silent admin/friend added the url to this archiving site, but shortly afterward the push to change url from http:// to https:// for internet security occurred so the direct link to the active forum stopped on the day that I had that change made to TCP's url. I have finally connected the dots for that archive not updating ... and recently entered the https url version. It is too soon to know how often or how well the archive will work. I will follow it for a while to be sure the occasional postings are included, and then might consider making a change to refer all searches to the online archive. It is my understanding, and sincere hope, that this archive will make available all of the years of collected wisdom and communications to seekers of information about carving in the smaller scale, materials, tools, hopes and dreams. It has been difficult to even arrive at this decision and mindset, but change is inevitable for everything and I am having to accept that regarding my relationship with this forum. On a more personal note, I do understand about being extremely work oriented to achieve financial goals. It can be wearing. Working for real income and a regular paycheck is not in my experience so the pressure is constantly on to work long hours while knowing that sales are not guaranteed. A three day weekend show could be rained out, the audience could be show weary, and on and on. A nod to my story, the massive audience shift with clients aging out of collecting can become a life-changer. Yet, I continue to be self-employed with the naive hope that if I make it the audience will be there ... for pottery now, not netsuke. Sorry, not necessarily on topic. I admire you for having work that stimulates and supports you financially, and for having a part of your life devoted to carving explorations and all that goodness that focused activity brings to one's wellbeing. We all struggle to seek a balance with all the parts of our lives. I am hopeful that you will find that point and be able to purchase the home you are hoping for. I have met many, many wonderful people here. You included, having met you in the more recent years. Your financial support has been marvelous and generous, and has been a great encourager to keep the site open for a longer period of time. Thank you for your willingness to make another contribution. You are a special person! Janel
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  8. B.K. Henderson-Winnie

    The carving path

    Hello Janel and all, I am sorry to not see this post until months and months after the original posting. I am glad that you decided to keep it up and going Janel, though I completely understand wondering if it's time to shut it down due to lack of activity. I haven't been on in a long time, mostly because I've been working a lot and my carving has slowed to a crawl. I'm chipping away at that mountain called "saving a down payment for purchasing a home" which has me taking all the paying work I can. I do think I need to ease up on that, though, because too much work takes the spark right out of life. I am grateful to have so much work but it is at the expense of other important things. I am happy to say I think I've solved all my physical issues and hope the coming year will be a more open and productive year for me in regards to the carving. I'll put a check in the mail, Janel, and am happy to do it if for no other reason than to help preserve the valuable info here. I will make an effort to be a more active commenter and poster too! Thanks to you Janel, and to everyone here for all you do and have done. Bonnie
  9. Kiyoshi Yoshii

    Summer greeting from Tokyo Japan

    Hello, Janel Thank you for your detailed reply. It is nice you have comfortable climate in your region. I am glad you like it. Please look at next works, too. Yoshii
  10. Bruce Cana Fox

    Very helpful

    Hi Folks, I have found the forum quite helpful as I work up to making some netsuke of my own. I'm making some of my own tools and the examples shown here have be very helpful. Keep it up for a while, okay, I still need the help. Regards, Fox sends.
  11. Janel

    Summer greeting from Tokyo Japan

    Kiyoshi Yoshii, I hope that the weather evens out for you in Tokyo. We have had weather extremes in my region of the USA, but today is going to be a perfect summer day, not too hot and not too cold. A rarity. It is fun to see your new perpetual motion machines. Thank you for posting the links to watch them. Janel
  12. Kiyoshi Yoshii

    Summer greeting from Tokyo Japan

    A record long and cold rainy season is over, and suddenly, an intense summer has hit, in Tokyo Japan. This may be the impact of global warming. How are you? Also, I have been able to create something like these. If you look at and like these, I am so happy. Please click the triangle mark on the displayed video to start. ◇New 4 works: Ako-chan on a perpetual motion machine A never stop swing https://youtu.be/8o8t9WKfoms Ako-chan beside a perpetual motion machine https://youtu.be/SFmhqxlPPS4 Ako-chan and a perpetual motion machine (?) by the Gauss Accelerator https://youtu.be/kIRDac6VLvw Ako-chan with a perpetual motion machine?  With two boys https://youtu.be/ExPwYBCNR98 ◇Please see other my works on my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/myoshiiky
  13. Very nice work, what finish did you use on the cow bone? Andrew
  14. Andrew V

    miss old friends here after years ....

    That is just the most beautiful work, absolutely stunning, very inspiring! Thank you for posting. Andrew
  15. I like seeing the drawing/plan for the piece. The reversal of the image on the Hei Toki reminds me of what would happen when I prepared a composition for the carved porcelain that I used to do in the '80's and '90's. The sketch was done on tracing paper as a line drawing first, then shading was done on the reverse side. This method offered a 'plan' for depth of carving with varying degrees of darkness. The deeper the porcelain clay removal the more glaze would accumulate in the firing as the glaze melted and flowed. That also would make the higher parts lighter as the glaze flowed. Such drawings as yours can be very helpful to do in positioning the elements for balance, the way the eye moves around or is directed to move according to particular nuances ... It is good to see your thought process here. Janel
  16. Doc martins Bombay inks, scrimshaw for the colors. The original drawing for the Hei Toki. Might help with the visualization.
  17. Hi Robert C, Thank you for sharing the images, and for figuring out how to downsize them. I am enjoying trying to "see" the different imagery between the positive and negative spaces on the top, right pendant image. The lashing on that one is nicely done, also. What are you using for the pigments on the colored pieces? Janel
  18. Janel

    Stormy Weather

    Hey Ed, Good news about the hip, I hope that recovery is steady. Stick with the PT, needless to say. I hope that your area weathered the storm and rain totals well. We are having the hot and humid weeks of summer here. For those of us used to long winters, these days are a challenge. But, we waited all winter for them, so we try to revel in them! Best wishes for your recovery, Janel
  19. Ed Twilbeck

    Stormy Weather

    Yes we are having a storm again . Where I am we should not have much to worry , most of the problems will be in Louisiana. As far as carving goes I have small sculpture I am working on when I can. I am Carving a small carving of wood carver. Started a few months back . Had a bad hip. Last month had a total left hip replacement, now I am healing and on the road to recovery. Will be back carving soon.
  20. Edited to make the images less enormous. I forgot they were unedited phone pictures.
  21. Some of the things I have done since I have posted here. Almost too many things to list but I will hit the highlights. Cow bone Carvings. Giraffe bone Carvings. These are the latest carvings .
  22. Janel

    Hello from Scotland

    Welcome to you Martyn!
  23. MartynB

    Hello from Scotland

    Hi all Scotland here although I’m not Scottish I’ve lived here for quite a bit doing a bit of carving now as I have moved into trying to make some automata as yet not completed one as I’m having to carry on with some scroll saw relief work I had a commission for as well as make stock for the craft fairs etc and the web shop hope to get some carving photos soon to post but here’s one of my relief pictures Martyn.
  24. Hello Charles Wu, Thank you for the full color images, it is beautiful. I appreciate knowing about the student learning skills from you. This person has an excellent teacher. Janel
  25. Charles Wu

    miss old friends here after years ....

    Hi Janel, Yes, most of us busy, It's a long time for me not be here. Here is photo for the color, I think that is Patina. The above work video shows my student is trying another piece. Charles
  26. Janel

    Spring greeting from Tokyo

    I enjoyed the tubular bells! Janel
  27. Hello Charles, I enjoy looking at the progression of steps to your work. It is also very interesting to see the original from which you are working as guidance. Will you also add patina? Janel PS: The forum has been a very quiet place for some time. Thank you for posting.
  28. Hi, 大家好 Da Jia Hao. (How are you ) It is a long time. Did Miss old friends here. Well, here is work as below 9 dragon studio.mp4 Here is a work share with you. Welcome your comments or any input. Thank you. Charles
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