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    Agreed. That's it. I'm outta here. Last post.
  2. In my experience, a scalpel of the type with the thin disposable blades creates a knife that will chatter when used with harder woods. Also the steel in them is extremely brittle when a lot of force is put behind them- they tend to shatter sometimes. That said, there has been an occasion when I reach for one and put on a new surgically sharp blade, if I need an extremely precise cut.
  3. After the oven gets an 8 hour use on Thursday, I'll keep some Easy-Off for the burrs
  4. Thanks for the tips. I'll give them a try. Phosphoric acid is in naval jelly...and coke...
  5. I'm reviving an old thread here... I've given my workshop a thorough cleaning this past weekend and am adressing some issues of tool upkeep. Can anyone tell me how to clean small needle files of accumulated gunk (aside from sending them out, as Jim suggested). I tried engine degreaser and it did clean them a bit, but not as thoroughly as I had hoped. Also, I've got some diamond burrs for the foredom that are all gunked with wood resin and antler. Any way of dissolving that? I've got a brass brush and it doesn't dislodge a thing on either the files or burrs. Thanks!
  6. quills. (palm slaps side of head smiley) The grass growing through the fungus is an interesting thing though. We usually think of fungus as mysterious growths that pop up overnight and fade in a few days, but these shelf fungus are clearly old-men of the forest compared to the growth rates of grass. Is it true that lichen growth is linear and serves as a good benchmark of time? Every 1/2inch diameter equals 10 years or something like that?
  7. I saw your greenman (or one very similar) in a show catalog from the past. It's great to see some close-ups.
  8. I think we're blurring the definition of patina... Are we talking about the artificial ageing of a piece of art to look older, more worn, etc, or are we talking about creating a piece of art that references natural decay processes? I think these are two very different things. Jim- you've got a profound connection to the cycle of growth and decay in your local woods, and that inspires your work... Your choice of subject matter appears to comment on natural decay (ie. patination) mechanisms in the physical world. That lovely smell of humus. The Japanese, particularily with botanical subjec
  9. Clive- It's difficult for me to come up with something coherent regarding patina and adding age to a newly created work of art. I have a feeling that your original question is more about ethics than aesthetics/. Why do so many of us choose to add an artifical patina to works you ask? In short, romanticism with the past and insecurity about our own accomplishments. Phil mentions aesthetic needs for applying a patina to carvings, to mellow out the fresh cuts and provide a warmth of appearance. Sometimes the volume of a work is best brought our by darkening recessed areas to increase light and
  10. Those collectors are always getting in the way! I'm reminded of Klee's remark (paraphrased) of a line being created by taking a dot for a walk. Seems to me like you're taking the material for a walk too.
  11. I think you're saying this a bit tongue in cheek, but I'd be careful in wishing for more materials... it's akin to saying 'I wish I had fancier tools'...
  12. Clive- So, in effect you work directly on material with a sort of sketch-book mentality, getting down the energy of the first impression or idea. Once down, it'll serve as an earmark to come back to at a later date for the hard labor? If so, this is a different approach than working from start to finish on a single item at a time. I've thought about this a bit... does one way favor the directness of inspiration, does the other allow interest to remain steady?... just some rhetorical questions. I'm seeing that you respond to the uniqueness of each individual piece of tusk, antler, wood
  13. Clive- thanks. I've never heard of the cross nor been to the Cloisters. I'll go grab the book this afternoon and sit down for an enjoyable read. Phil- I just viewed some closeups on artstor.com and the lettering is BEAUTIFUL. Another thing to add onto another trip to NYC.
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