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  1. and such lovely pictures they have!
  2. if memory serves me right, Masatoshi's book states that the yashadama process is just another name for the yashabushi process. -t
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    Gravers

    Janel, Doug, and Robert Thank you all for your comments and suggestions. While grinding away I did have a large mug of water (a bucket seemed overkill for a tool 1/8" wide ) next to me and tried to dip the tip as often as possible. This had two positive effects: It cooled the tip down and it slowed me down so I would look at the results of the grinding more often. That minimised the errors made. Though haste did get the best of me on a couple of occasions and it resulted in the pretty colours seen in the pics . As far as handles are concerned, I tried a few shapes (VERY short and stubby, graver-style handle, and long slender) and I seem to favour the really small ones, at least for the first shape (oval). I seem to remember a pic in Janel's site that showed a few tools with very small handles. For my hands, at least, it afforded both control and comfort. Future experience will probably solve this conundrum. As for the particular shapes, I am so far pretty happy with them. As a first toolkit it seems pretty versatile. The main reason for wanting a motorised way of making tools (hence the jerry-rigging) is that I would like to be able to make more tools as the need arises, in a manner that does not remove me from the actual carving for too long. Currently, the rough shaping on the grinder takes a couple of minutes, plus about 20-30 min on the rough and fine waterstones. In theory I could have a new tool in an hour when I need it. I also realise that learning to carve also involves learning the characteristics of the tools used, be them gravers, scrapers, chisels, drills, acids, sandpapers, files, paints, inks, hammers and generally ANYthing that gets the job done (care to add to the list? ). In those lines, I thought of the square-shaped tools AFTER I had already ordered the round ones. I figured those can wait for another weekend of grinding. One can only spend so much time away from the actual carving. I do like the idea of the lozenge and square gravers though. So, what's next you ask Janel? More learning I suppose I will put those tools on some wood or bone and get used to them. Make a few mistakes, get to know the way they like or dislike handle shapes, plan some more shapes, have a glass of wine. Every day is fresh in its own way. I'll keep you posted Cheers -t
  4. toscano

    Gravers

    Hi all, So I have finished the first stage of making 4 tools. They were made using HSS from MSC (this kind and not the more expensive cobalt steel, for now at least). This first stage involved the rough shaping using a rather unusual setup, which nonetheless seemed to work. I did get the steel quite hot on occasion, but I think the integrity was not compromised. I would love to hear comments on that. The second stage (which I have also completed but have no pictures yet) involves the final shaping using a 2000 grit Japanese waterstone. And lots of time. Stage three is polishing on a 8000 grit stone. Finally, handles are attached. On the subject of handles, I have yet to decide on the shape for these tools. Currently the dominant idea in my mind is to use short stubby handles that will fit in my palm (like a graver handle). The other idea is to use longer, more slender handles and hold the tool like a pen. Will decide in good time. Anyway, I thought I would post the first few pics. I will update as more stages are complete and more tools are made. Comments always appreciated. -t
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