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  1. Phil White

    Wood Carving Dvd's

    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
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    Oil Gilding Process

    Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it.
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    New web article on my work

    Thanks very much, Natasha!
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    New web article on my work

    Thanks for your comments everyone! I really appreciate them. Phil
  5. 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
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    finished snowshoe rabbit

    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 are aware. In any case, I like it the way it is. Your work reminds me of contemporary Japanese wood sculpture being produced in Inami. Best regards, Phil
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    Oil Gilding Process

    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.
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    Oil Gilding Process

    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.
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    Oil Gilding Process

    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 presented really intended to do or say, both technically, and from an emotional or intillectual point of view. Without knowing, I am afraid that I might be pushing my own personal style as part of my critique. You are quite right, Leon, in that aesthetics are pretty much universal, though there are other specific influences which can affect an aesthetical critique. Finally, although pretty much everyone here can functionally communicate in English, the language is VERY subtle, and direct at the same time. When I was studying French, I was in an environment where other people were learning other languages. As a result, I learned quite a bit about my own language from those studying it. The most difficult thing about understanding English, something which frustrates the French to no end, is that so much of it is implied, much more so than in many other languages. That is to say, if an anglophone is speaking to another anglophone, much of what is being said is understood from a combination of sources (as Bill mentioned) including body language, subtle intonations, choices of wording, etc, and we usually just know what the other person means. However, when not fully understood, English can be taken the wrong way quite easily, and the point is completely misunderstood. We have seen this here many times. This is why French is the language of diplomacy, not English. Phil
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    Fighting Bantams

    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
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    Go collection Tokyo

    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
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    Merry Christmas

    Merry Xmas and best wishes to everyone! Phil
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    help for riusha netski

    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