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    Don't worry Katrina; there are still naughty boys here for you. Maybe not for long though. All the kinky dances are forbidden.... Do you have any pictures of your work that you would share with us? -t
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    This would be comical, if it wasn't as offensive as it is ridiculous. -t
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    fossilised lotus root http://www.made-in-china.com/image/2f0j00k...rth-America.jpg -t
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    This pattern of tine branching is completely unlike anything I've ever seen in the cervidae family... I've never seen tines grow symmetrically out of the main antler. -t
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    Netsuke fakes on e-bay courtesy of Miguel Radio

    quality, in the end is what matters. I suspect that none of your potential clients would ever be fooled by a cheap imitation on eBay or elsewhere. t
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    Small knives etc.

    Ron, thank you for the kind words. 'incomplete' is a fair description for a lot of things I do Stella and Iris wave hello from their beds. Good luck with making those tools. It's a fun project. -t
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    Small knives etc.

    superb! thank you Ron -t
  9. I'm with Doug on both accounts. American black cherry will have the right weight/density and colour for this project and is readily available and of course locally harvested. Boiled linseed oil, tung oil, or some type of danish oil will be a good finish, if rubbed on and off. It will have a similar silky feel that isn't shiny but brings out the character of the wood quite nicely... -t
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    Bone carvers what tool do you use.

    some good places to start: http://www.thecarvingpath.net/forum/index.php?showforum=5 http://www.thecarvingpath.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=860 http://www.thecarvingpath.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=1329 http://www.thecarvingpath.net/forum/index.php?showtopic=446 among others... cheers -t
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    Bone carvers what tool do you use.

    Raphael, there's a lot of info on the forum already on this. You can use the search function and you'll no doubt find a lot of info to start off. best, -t
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    Hello All!

    bones are very easy to get. I see two options: a. go to your favourite butcher and ask for a cow's shin bone. Ask them very nicely to saw off the two ball ends. And if they are very nice, ask them to saw the rest of the bone lengthwise so that you have at least one flat portioned blank (does that make sense?). Take it home, clean off all the meat and marrow and then in a big pot of water, with some mild clothes detergent bring to the boil and then SIMMER for an hour or so till all the stuff is cleaned off. Take off the water, let cool, and then clean off all the residue. You can leave in the sun to bleach further if you want. I rarely wait. Start work! b. depending on where you live, some pet stores stock cow bones that are white and sterile. These can sometimes be a good place to start. No Prepwork involved. Just make sure they're not filled with liver or something as far as tools go, ANYthing that gets the job done can be a tool. One can start with a few files, a hacksaw and a sturdy carving knife. Having said that, the ability to create tools to suit your needs is very useful. A cheap bench grinder and some sharpening stones, along with some tool blanks can help there. cheers and good luck. Doug is absolutely right. Just start! -t
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    good finish for Macassar?

    Joshua, The club looks very good. I like the curves in the shape and the carving seems very tidy. Will you be trying it out? -t
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    How do you hold a small piece to work on it?

    Clive, can you show us a few examples of what you consider to be good techniques for holding carving tools? regards, t