The Way Latest Topicshttp:// Way Latest TopicsenChristmas and a New Year best wishes to all. image.thumb.jpg.8b9089b29035a0a702102c21e75b16be.jpgMerry Christmas to everybody. Hopefully we all have a great New Year. 
have met many of great friends here and many fantastic Carvers. 
I thank all that I have met for sharing their talents with us and for their friendship.

From the southern in me you all have a good day and a great Christmas and New Year.

4690Wed, 22 Dec 2021 15:58:00 +0000
A plea from the Admin: What to do with the future of The Carving Path Forum? To anyone who continues to rely on The Carving Path forum:

The forum has been providing information and a platform for carvers to communicate with one another since 2005.  

The forum software provider is now requiring a minimum 40% to 55% increase in fees, and that is not something that I want to carry on paying for on my own.  

Member participation has been almost zero, falling victim to the glitz of social media rapid response.  Readership from searches continues, but meaningful interaction has not been happening for a very long time.

My intention has been to continue to provide the significant database that has grown from member interaction because of my belief that people with knowledge share that with those who have questions.  

I am facing greater expenses for providing this information to any and all, with almost zero interaction via forum communication.

One concept that I am contemplating is learning how to transfer the database to an archiving web site.  The learning curve is steep and may still incur expenses.  I would hope that this archiving step would keep the information available to anyone seeking information but without the Q&A that is currently an option with membership to the forum.


What I do not know is if anyone cares anymore.  Yes, that is a dismal outlook, but I see clearly what is not happening on what used to be a lively forum with lots of Q&A that proved vital to many carvers of small scale works.  Lives change, interests, abilities, and directions change for us all.  I am now 70 years old, and my perspective on my own life is starting to shift.


Please offer comments on how you see the future of The Carving Path forum.



Janel Jacobson
Owner/Admin of The Carving Path forum


4681Fri, 19 Nov 2021 15:17:02 +0000
No work. No work today it’s Labor Day.

4482Mon, 06 Sep 2021 15:54:32 +0000
Hurricane heading my wayhttp:// Hurricane headed to the Mississippi or Louisiana Coast . We live less then a mile from the Coast . Just a way of life to live on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We will be okay live in the best built building in Ocean Springs Ms.  talk to you later,after the storm. 

4450Fri, 27 Aug 2021 15:05:03 +0000
Gareth Barlow - a beautiful and significant new body of workhttp:// Gareth Barlow has been a contributing member of The Carving Path forum for a long time.  His work has broadened since we first met here, and I am in awe each time I learn of his new work.

Facebook presented this recent link to a video wherein he describes what moved him to create something that is deeply moving.


4311Mon, 05 Jul 2021 21:35:15 +0000
Is it wrong to learn by copying antiques? We live in a world with many fake netsuke.  They flood ebay and lower tier auction houses and sell for hundreds to new collectors.  So is it wrong then for an amateur carver to learn by copying actual antiques?  If they are being made just to practice and learn, with no intent to deceive or sell then no harm no foul?

What about putting my own signature on a copy I've made of an antique?  Certainly it's wrong to fake the original artist's signature, but putting your own on their design? Iffy?

One counter point - didn't actual in period netsuke-shi students learn by copying designs of the masters in their school?  Then isn't learning this way "in tradition"?

Certainly these copies being made to practice and learn are going to be very crude and low quality which wouldn't fool any serious collector, especially when there is no intent to fool anyone.


4291Sat, 05 Jun 2021 21:38:11 +0000
COVID 19http:// I got the COVID virus and my wife has it to.  Please wear the mask, and keep away from everyone.not a picnic not fun .

pain ,fever , body aches. 
we worked hard to stay away from our friends,but somehow we got it. Tested positive Tuesday ,got the Bam  infusion Wednesday, home waiting for it to get better.

4198Sat, 16 Jan 2021 20:52:12 +0000
Donations requested to assist with cost of forumhttp:// Hello folks,

This world health crisis is an uncomfortable time for most of us as absolutely everything is shutting down except essential services.  

What is happening in my own life, at age 69, is fear, apprehension, and hopefulness for seeing the other side of it somehow.  What else is happening is that the means of financial support through sales of my work as a self employed person is eroding at a time when our income cycle is usually poised for the income ice-breaker event in early May where thousands of people flock to seven studios to purchase pottery from 65 potters.  The Center for Disease Control has put an eight week ban on gatherings of over 50 persons.  I fear what happens next with both personal health impact potential and financial survival.

If there is any interest in helping to support the monthly payments for The Carving Path forum, and related expenses for owning and protecting the domain name, I would appreciate donations that would help keep the forum alive.

The alternative, which I am not fully convinced will work, is to have a web archiving site take the entirety of the site into its data base so that it would be explorable and remain useful to information seekers.  

Please email me at     janel @      (take out the spaces).  We can then discuss the how to do it part.

Thank you.  Stay isolated, and stay well.

Sincere thanks to anyone who is still active on this forum.  All contributors over the past 14 years have made this a marvelous information resource.


3900Mon, 16 Mar 2020 17:59:55 +0000
Happy Christmas and a great 2021http:// Hope you are all having a great Christmas and may you have a fabulous 2021!! Looking forward to seeing lots of super carvings ;D

4187Wed, 30 Dec 2020 18:46:45 +0000
They Way We Are, Go And Have Been? was thinking about all the folks here and thought I would ask what got you started with carving? I am sure this has been discussed before, but sometimes when I find myself in a dry spell with creativity in general, it helps to bring my thoughts back to what sparked my interest in the first place.


Was it a desire to create the things that you yourself enjoy? Or could it have started with an interest in a particular material rather than finished object? Was it a family tradition that you wanted to carry on? Was there a mentor or special person in your life who introduced you to it? I think for me it has been a combination of family memories at the local art festivals in the Summer time, an overwhelming satisfaction of just sitting by a lake or river and picking up stones as well as a fascination for simply having a solid ‘thing’ that I could say I created, to be enjoyed by others.

Stone beads have a special appeal to me for some reason that I am not sure of yet…and when I see them all I would like to do is create more of them. It would be cool to hear about your thoughts even if the topic has been discussed, especially since we all evolve on our own journeys,




3686Wed, 01 Mar 2017 16:35:15 +0000
New yearhttp:// Happy New Year. Wishing everyone a happy new year, and hopping that more come back to the Carving Path. Hope to see everyone here posting.

3861Wed, 01 Jan 2020 15:06:56 +0000
A Surprise and a day show. 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.

3814Tue, 05 Nov 2019 22:23:15 +0000
Fallhttp:// It’s fall y’all vacation time is over, let’s get  back to carving and posting. I will, how about you?

3800Wed, 09 Oct 2019 00:12:18 +0000
The carving pathhttp:// I have been a member for a while and have used it in the past much more than I do now. My age and pain has slowed me down. That said I wish it would continue, I think a lot of new and young carvers, and myself would get inspired by what other carvers do. Many of my ideas for my carvings have came from others here. To see the art and wonderful work done by so many fantastic Artist that have posted their ideas, their drawings, their work in progress,their finished work. Yes I have seen some of their work on other sites, like Pinterest, etc , but all of the personal feelings, the comments, the advice, the encouragement, is not at any other site.  I hope someone can keep it going and,hope it will. 

Thanks Ed.

3784Sun, 27 Jan 2019 17:38:07 +0000
Very helpfulhttp:// 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.  


3796Thu, 08 Aug 2019 04:01:53 +0000
Stormy Weatherhttp:// 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.

3794Sat, 13 Jul 2019 16:25:52 +0000
Costs going up for the forumhttp:// Hi,

As admin/owner of the forum, I am responsible for paying the fees to keep the forum on line for all viewers and participants to use and learn from.  The fees are going up, mostly because of the full size images that have been posted in the past.  The monthly fee has been $30, and the next step up will be $45 per month.  This is making it hard for me to bear the costs alone to simply maintain the database for almost no evidence of participation by members.

Are there generous souls amongst the readers and members who might help keep the forum available to all by sharing in the costs required to keep the forum on line? 

If yes, please PM me or email me and we can discuss options privately.

Thank you,


PS: please when you post images, follow the guidelines that appear at the head of each forum area.  Thank you.

3702Tue, 02 May 2017 13:13:59 +0000
Storm coming on The Coasthttp:// Looks like our first Tropical Storm is coming our way. For those of us who live here it's just a nother storm,,, good time to carve.

i have some in the works, will let you know. 





3764Fri, 25 May 2018 18:15:37 +0000
Great Sitehttp:// 

found this site and the works are Fantistic . Check it out.

If you like cicadas ,dragonflies, butterflies , or any other insects you will like this site. 

It is a little slow when the pics come up but it is worth the wait.

3747Sat, 11 Nov 2017 22:16:52 +0000
inro/sagemono for phones? Hello all,

In thinking about possibilities for functional netsuke for contemporary western dress,  I started thinking about those small things that nearly everyone carries everywhere, their iphones or smart phones.

I've done a little searching, but haven't come across anyone making inro or sagemono (and ojime, netsuke) for phones. I'm curious if anyone here has heard of anyone making or using that sort of thing.


3740Mon, 09 Oct 2017 19:29:00 +0000
Hurricane Natehttp:// We were very lucky with Hurricane Nate, tree limbs mostly some trees down ,,some water across some of the roads, all are open now.power off for a while back on now. Mississippi Gulf Coast was lucky this time. No damage to where I live which is 2 blocks from the Mississippi Sound. The water that is between the Barrier Islands and the Land.

3739Sun, 08 Oct 2017 20:39:12 +0000
Appreciation Of The Pathhttp:// wanted to thank the contributors and carers of The Carving Path for their generous and informative natures.

I've consulted very randomly with your input to squeeze past some technical stumbling block or another over the last couple of years.

You're helping me onwards with my own skills journey to pursue artistic freedom.




3687Wed, 08 Mar 2017 12:30:37 +0000
Looking To The Membership To Make The Carving Path Forum Come Alive Again. New Year to all who read this message! I do hope that you will experience a rewarding and joyful 2017!




Is anyone out there?


Is this tree going to fall in the forest and have nobody notice?


Believe it or not, I have taken a great deal of time recently to update the operating system of the forum, and will continue to work on the total upgrade in the months ahead. Days worth of time, so far.


Why do I do it?


I continue to hope that there are seekers who are, or wish to be, members of this forum who will participate with one another to learn and to grow as each of us pursues our carving goals and dreams. That is how the valuable archives from the past 16 years were compiled. People, carvers of all sorts interacted with one another here on the forum, and their accumulated knowledge became a resource for you all to use.


This forum began in 2005 just about now in January. A lot has happened since then, especially with social media where any shared knowledge just drifts away as the new posts are made. Since 2005 a great deal of digital information has become available through the expanding internet resources.


This forum format preserves the knowledge that we share with each other for the use of, and is available to, members and non members alike. Registered members are able to log in and start topics, ask questions, provide answers, show others how to do things with images, and can also present their completed pieces.


Questions that I have been asking myself:

- Is this forum still viable?

- Is it worth my time maintaining it?

- Is it worth my financial outlay to pay to keep it a useful resource?

- Are there people still learning from the knowledge base, and, how would I know that?

- Might it be possible to ask for some financial contributions from the membership?


This last question is a biggy, well, they all are. The costs are constant. Help from the membership to support the operating expenses would be truly welcomed.




I know ... I've referenced closing the forum, sort of like shaking the bee hive, to see if it matters that it exists or not. Many quietly have thoughtfully written of their appreciation for the resources found here from time to time. Those messages have been deeply moving and I have appreciated receiving them.


This place has mattered to me for a very long while, and its presence has been helpful to seekers on their various quests to learn and grow with what they are doing. I need to know that it matters to enough people, a number high enough to re-enliven this platform for sharing knowledge by actually sharing what you all know, or what you need to know.


Global friendships have formed here, the kind of fellowship that binds us together regardless of where we are on this planet. The knowledge that one person in an embattled country can carve beautiful things from wood that are useful in daily life, or someone else follows centuries old traditional methods and subjects, or someone who adopts tradition from another country . . . carving in the small scale, from wood or bone or metal or stone, with sharp tools, binds us all together.


This has been such a place where fellowship has formed. Is this the future, to be such a place again? Or is it to be a memory of what it was, and pass into being a "has been", a recollection, a lost archive?


Respectfully yours,




3671Tue, 03 Jan 2017 19:17:59 +0000
Quiet On The Pathhttp:// seems to be very Quiet here latley ,, guess everyone is busy carving, or planning a new one.

I would love to see some works of the many talent artist that are here, and maybe I , and others can be inspired to take on a new project. A lot of my carving and other wood projects were inspired seeing what others have done.

Pre hurricane Katrina I had a full equipped wood working studio, a lot of things that I made and some I designed , came from inspirations' that I seen at other Carvers, Wood Workers, Turners, web sites, or publications in books or magazines.

Everyone that has a web site, if they would list it here, we could go check it out and see, and maybe get some new Ideas,


I know that most all Artist are like the wood artist that I know ,,we are working alone, in our studio / shop,, with many others doing the same in their own studio, sometimes till late at night, or all day


my site is

3658Wed, 07 Sep 2016 03:06:18 +0000
Member Feedback To: Contemplating Closing The Forumhttp://,


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3655Sat, 30 Jul 2016 16:19:15 +0000