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  1. Hello Sharry, I would suggest you try Chris Pye's website. He has a line of books and DVDs that are specifically designed for beginners, and cover a variety of subjectsm, including sharpening. His books are also excellent. Best regards, Phil
  2. Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it.
  3. Thanks for your comments everyone! I really appreciate them. Phil
  4. Hi everyone, I haven't posted here in a while, but I thought I would share a web article that went online today that discusses my work. Here is the link: http://www.tpsgc-pwgsc.gc.ca/comm/vedette-...-16-00-eng.html The photo gallery link has a few photos that have never been posted before. Phil
  5. Hi Mark, You have drawn me out of the shadows with this piece. I love this piece. The combination of high and low relief, and textures are quite stunning. Also, I think this is the firs time that I have seen snow successfully interpreted in a wood sculpture. Well done!! With regards to your self critique, I would only add more to the left side if you took some off the right. I think that the composition is more interesting, and works better if the subject is not centered. This follows the "rule of thirds" approach, as well as Japanese composition in design, of which I am sure you a
  6. Hi, Ray I would suggest that you contact Sepp Leaf in New York. They can be reached through their website here: http://www.seppleaf.com/ They have a minimum purchase requirement, and may not sell to you directly, but they supply other retailers who will, and they should be able to tell you where the closest place that you could buy leaf would be. I would suggest that you buy 23k leaf, which is sold in books of 25 sheets.
  7. Hi Ray Thanks for posting your first name. It's always more pleasant to respond to a real person, as opposed to an avatar. The leaf that you are refering to is known in the gilding trade as schlagmetal, and is not really gold at all. It is actually a sort of bronze. The leaves are larger than gold leaf, much thicker, and more brittle as well. It is possible to cover flat surfaces with this metal, but it really isn't suited for intricate carvings. It's possible but trickey. Do you have a gilding supplier in Vegas? There must be someone.
  8. Hi, Schooner I'm glad you liked the tutorial, and that you feel inspired to try it out. Unfortunately, there really is no easier way to do what you are describing. The steps that I have laid out are the simplest way to apply gold leaf to a carved surface. It may seem complicated, but really it is quite straight forward. The only other method that I could describe would be the water gilding technique, which is MUCH more complicated and time consuming. Phil
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    Sergio, you are absolutely right, non-verbal communication happens in all languages. I am only repeating comments that I hear from many of my French Canadian collegues, who find learning English to be very difficult because so much is implied and left open to interpretation, whereas French is very direct and clear. Freda, I couldn't have said it better myself. I find all of this bashing of Clive, who is not here to defend himself, to be very distasteful, and sincerely wish that it would stop. Phil
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    I'm always very reluctant to offer any critique on the forum, primarily because I feel that a small low-resolution of someone's three-dimensional sculpture, which appears to me in two dimensions, usually out of scale, is not a sufficient representation of the piece. It is only an image, and in the world of sculpture, presence and proximity are very important. There have been many times when I have seen a photo of an object, then seen it in a museum exhibit, only to have a completely different feeling from it in person. Secondly, I am rarely clear on what the creator of the work prese
  11. Natasha, Your new piece is absolutely beautiful! I like to work this way too, without using a model of sketch, but more often than not, I have to produce either a sketch, or a model, as you say, for the client to approve. It is a great way to work, very free. Again, thank you for posting the latest photos of your exceptionally beautiful work! Very inspiring. Phil
  12. Hi, Bart I did a quick search on abebooks for this book, since you got me interested, and apparently, it was issued without a dust jacket. Phil
  13. Merry Xmas and best wishes to everyone! Phil
  14. Clive, Like many great thinkers of the past and present, you are just misunderstood. Jokes aside, I would hope that if I ever carve a netsuke, that you would feel free to offer the same thoughtful, direct and constructive criticism to me. It would be most welcome. Phil
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