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    'Arts of Asia"

    I just got a new book that might be of interest "Arts of Asia materials, techniques styles" by Meher McArthur "This book aops a new approach to the arts of Asia by using the artistic materials themselves as the starting point for each chapter It is intended as an introduction to some of the principal materials used in Asian art-jade,silk porcelain, lacquer, ivory, bamboo, paper, gold,wood and stone..." It has over twenty pages on each material and gives a short description of techniques. There are over 400 color pictures from many cultures You can see a sample from the book at one of the big online book dealers. Because it is a survey book it may be more superficial than many of you will want and I don't think I would pay full retail price. But it is definitely an interesting book filled with inspiring pictures. David
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    Ivory Restoration

    Hi Steve, - Have you tried hydrogen peroxide? That may be gentler than bleach. It whitens teeth and has been added to many tooth care products these past years. There may be a resource for a stronger percentage than the over the counter (3%) Janel Beauty supply stores have stronger peroxide available. Be careful using these because your body has a natural enzyme in it that make the peroxide work. When the stronger peroxide reacts it can give offf enough heat to boil water and cook flesh! Some health food stores and trendy grocery stores have peroxide based "bleaches". Oxygen releasing powder cleaners might work. And you can try over the counter teeth whitening strips/cleaners. They're mild enough for the mouth so they shouldn't do any damage. I haven't tried any of these methods so proceed slowly. For mechanical cleaning of delicate picture frames antique dealers sometimes clean pictures with a slice of bread. Good luck David
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    Bare Carving Tools???

    For this size and the type of material you're going to work in I would suggest gravers. At that size the hollow part of the vee tool isn't rugged enough to do much good. Gravers come in oval, round and triangular cross sections. For me the knife gravers are too sharp to engrave with although you could use it as a scraper. They even have line gravers if you want to put in parallel lines. Good for borders and hair and such. You can also get checkering tools. These come in round and triangular cross sections and work like a file or scraper. They have abou tten cutters perpendicular to the handle. They come in single lines or double. You can get quite useful gravers without handles for less than $7 US. You can buy handles separately or make your own The checkering tools are about $6 for the cutters and ten for the handle. I got some from Brownell's years ago and I'm still using them. Brownell's is a gunsmithing company that has other tools that are useful for getting into hard to reach areas. These tools were somewhat hard to find in their online catalog even when I knew what I was looking for. Do a search for "graver" and "replacement cutter" Good luck David
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    ebony branch

    This could be a peice of desert ironwood. No discernable grain, bark instinguishable from wood I got a sample at a rock and mineral show in Tuscon many years ago. I beleive it is illegal to collect from the desert in the US. Mine came from Mexico. It is used for carving in the Baja penninsula of Mexico I ordered some more from a supplier in Ohio but never got it. I was told there is some conceern about possibly toxic dust so be careful. You can sometimes find natural wood at pet stores. They use it as habitat in terrariums. I have seen manzanita burl there. We have a plant store nearby (Michigan) that specializes in desert plants so that might alos be another place to look. David
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    If you only had three netsuke/carving books...

    abebooks has a search engine for independent used book dealers. I believe they originally started in Canada but are now in a number of countries. You could get reading copies of collector copies and would have access to thousand of dealers stock. Good hunting. David
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    I did make it back from China. Our trip was primarily to acquaint our adopted daughters with their hometowns. We spent most of our time in Jiansu province. I'm now going through a thousand pictures trying to decide which ones would interest the group. I didn't see much in the way of wood carving other than tourist trinkets in Beijing and he world's largest wood carving! We were in Shanghai and Nanjing (gradens), Changzhou (wooden combs), Suzhou (gardens and silk), Wuxi (pottery and pearls), Xi'an (terra cotta warriors and jade carving) and Beijing (Great Wall (Mutianyu) and cloissone.) Seventeen days of awe and marvels (at least to this farm boy). Many, many changes from our last visit. I will try to sort out what will be interesting to some of you. So long for now. David
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    When are you leaving? Janel We are leaving on Friday. I knew my question was a long shot but if you don't ask you never know where people have been and what they know. And while I am tallking at travel if you go to Chicago the Field museum has a relatively small number of netsuke. As I recall they are fairly intricate and somewhat delecate. The Art Museum has a small collection of European tools from the 18th century. And they have a room devoted to detailed recreations of historic rooms in miniature. They even have a small exhibit of the tools and techniques used to make them. If you are in Toledo, Ohio the art museum has an extensive collection of netsuke . They have (had) a book on their collection. If you are in Salem, Massechusetts go to the Peabody museum. More netsuke and something of a timecapsule of when Salem was one of the major cities in the United States (early nineteenth century). Anyone else find any treasures in your travels that you would like to share? David
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    I'll be travelling to China in June. Changzhou (known for wooden combs), Suzhou (fans and silk weaving), Nanjing, Xi'an and Beijing. Does anyone know of people to see, places to go, tools to look for, woods to get? There are so many crafts to see. The last time I was there I had some chops made in a small street shop while I was sitting on the family chamber pot. It was a very hot August day so the visit was memorable. I would rather not be so haphazard in my travels this time. Thanks to all. David
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    New "How I Do It'

    Thank you Ford for the history. I am always intrigued by how "technological" processes might have first begun so long ago. The initial, important "ah-ha!" moments, have grown over the thousands of years to become essential to us as we find our way and hone our own skills to create our pieces. Janel A good book on the history of many technologicaql innovations is Caveman Chemistry. He teaches chemistry by having his students replicate important ancient discovies like smelting metal ores, knapping, making soap, alcohol, batteries, ceramics, glazes and others. A bit too poetic and literary for science purist but an attention grabber for non-chemists and you actually learn how to do the practical side of what can be a very abstract science. At one time the entire book was available on his site http://cavemanchemistry.com now you can browse or order it in printed or electronic form. David Callaghan
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    Making water stones

    One of Roy Underhill's first woodwright books talked about looking for a sharpening stone quarry in North Carolina. This was most likely based on one of his early TV shows at one time you could get copies of his shows but I don't know if the old ones are still available. David Callaghan
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    Netsuke Books

    The latest catalog from Edward Hamilton Books (HamiltonBook.com) has three netsuke books at 50 to 67% off. All by Raymond Bushell: "Collectors' Netsuke", "Inro Handbook" and one of my first and favorite netsuke books "The Art of Netsuke Carving" by Masatoshi David Callaghan
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    Sharpening stones

    I recently got some cermaic sharpeners from the Blade Shop. They have a number of pocket stones. The one I find most useful is from Gatco. It is triangular in shape and comes in to sizes. One feature that I like is that each corner of the sharpener has a slightly different sized curves designed for serations but useful for changing the shape of a blade. David Callaghan
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    new member from Michigan

    I've been reading the forms for years and have finally decided to join in. I live in Michigan between Ann Arbor and East Lansing for US college sports fans. I carve netsuke sized carvings, mostly in boxwood. I do occasionally use other materials that have accumulated over the decades. I have been carving for decades but still consider myself an amateur. I never can quite finish my carvings to my liking. I hope I can occasionally add to the discusions. Best to all in the new year. David Callaghan