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  2. T Paulsen

    Hello from Oregon

    You might want to think about the book listed below. I have taken two classes from Mr. Friesen and they were very good. the book is a summary of his classes and the tools used. The fixed carving arbor that is used is available from Diamond Pacific, but if you can find the fordom polishing arbor and chuck from another vendor it will be cheaper. Beginning Gemstone and Jewelry Carving (Paperback) by Dick Friesen (Author)
  3. Kiyoshi Yoshii

    Spring greeting from Tokyo

    In Tokyo, ending the cherry blossom, season of young green tree has been coming.My new works is as follow. I am happy if you enjoy them.Click the right arrow at the center of the video to start.https://youtu.be/kIRDac6VLvwMy all 63 works that have been made in the seven years can be viewed in succession in below. Click the right arrow at the center of the video to start.If you want to move on to the next video on the way, place the cursor below the video and a right-pointing arrow will appear, so click on it.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqoV...sdH5c02pdbkY-RThank youYoshii
  4. Mikeb

    Available: Alabaster and Soapstone

    Hello.. Is this fir sale by the lb.?
  5. Mikeb

    Hello from Oregon

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  6. Janel

    Hello from Oregon

    Hi Mike! Welcome to The Carving Path forum. Janel
  7. Mikeb

    stoning tutorial & index

    Jim Thankyou for sharing your knowledge..a true master. Mikeb
  8. Mikeb

    Hello from Oregon

    Thanks for letting me join as I find this very interesting and after yrs of carving ( not small) it is a desire of mine and to meet and ask and learn from gemstone carvers or any small carvers. I am interested in carving with a fixed mandrel as I have always been a tool packer..lol thankyou and i look forward to learning here. Best M
  9. Liz K.

    Available: Alabaster and Soapstone

    I still have all of the stones available. Here are a few photos! Liz
  10. Janel

    old guy, new here

    Hello Bruce Cana Fox, Welcome! It is good to know that you have found some good information stored here on the forum! Janel
  11. Andrew V

    Deer Antler

    Can't help with that I'm afraid, haven't worked with deer bone.
  12. Bruce Cana Fox

    old guy, new here

    Hi folks, I'm an old artist, been doing one kind of sculpting or another for something on the order of 60 years. Quite a few other careers, but still at the bench. I took up netsuke again a couple of months ago and am getting a little better. I've already found a few good tips in this site, so thanks. I'll be posting a few photos from time to time. Regards, Fox sends.
  13. DarrenK

    Deer Antler

    Thanks lads , that's great info. The piece of antler I used was quite old, have now acquired some fresh stuff to try my hand at . I've also heard deer bone is good to carve ?
  14. Andrew V

    Deer Antler

    I have found antler readily soaks up water and readily dries out. That buttery quality is easily restored with an overnight soak. Also, the pith goes soggy when soaked and that is a good indicator of what you need to get rid of.
  15. David Moir

    Deer Antler

  16. Hello everyone, I am not a carver but have aprox. 650 lbs of Alabaster and Soapstone. If there is any interest, please contact me and I can give you more detail! I've seen some incredible carvings made with these stones. Private message me here, and I will provide a link to the stones. I forgot to mention, these are located in Eureka, California. kahlukers@gmail.com Thank you, Liz
  17. Janel

    The carving path

    Hello Ed, Thank you so much for your very thoughtful and encouraging words. I remain hopeful that this forum and its many years of generous information, archived here since January of 2005, will be helpful to others. If anyone wishes to make a financial contribution towards the forum's expenses, that generosity would be appreciated. I know, it is tacky to ask for $$$ but keeping the forum open and on the web has its ongoing costs. Ed, I am sorry to read that you are slowed by pain. Thank you again for your kind words, and I hope that you are able to carve and create from time to time. Janel
  18. Ed Twilbeck

    The carving path

    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.
  19. Kiyoshi Yoshii

    New year greeting from Tokyo Japan

    Hello, Darrenk Yes, She is cute and awesome! I am Very happy that you enjoyed my works. Thank you Yoshii
  20. DarrenK

    New year greeting from Tokyo Japan

    ! Ako-chan is Awesome !
  21. Is anyone benefitting from this forum any more? This question I ask myself often. Participation has nearly flat-lined, but I do see that Guests are browsing the pages. Occasionally someone registers. Occasionally someone posts and sometimes there are a few responses. Will the forum blossom this year? Will this year be a wake instead? It is up to the members to encourage one another by participation, posting, asking questions and answering them in helpful ways. That is why this forum was created so long ago. There was a need. Is there still a need for this forum to be available any longer? For now, please post any thoughts in "The Way" if you are moved to make comments. It is up to you. Janel
  22. Kiyoshi Yoshii

    New year greeting from Tokyo Japan

    Hello, Andrew V I am happy you enjoyed my works. How about the following? Thank you Yoshii 巨人の目.mp4
  23. Andrew V

    New year greeting from Tokyo Japan

    That's pretty cool !
  24. Andrew V

    What are you working on....?

    I have read that book more than once, its very good, up to a point. The white inlays are bone, the black are water buffalo horn, the carved inlays are antler.
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