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    Corradi files

    Just to keep this bumping along I saw some Corradi files for sale at Axminster (online UK based tool shop) and also Auriou are back in business (http://www.forge-de-saint-juery.com/). OK they are 'fairly' expensive and I have yet to buy any rifflers from them but I have bought some cabinet and model making rasps (12" and 7") and can attest to their very very good quality. They leave a very good finish behind indeed and I am guessing that the rifflers would too. I believe that this is due to the fact that they are hand cut so the random nature avoids the tracks you get with machine made ones. These might interest some : http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tools/Files/Dr...-cut_Rasps.html Anyway, been a while, been busy with various things but hoping to read a bit more on here now and maybe even make something ! Ed
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    Glueing Boxwood?

    I'd go for epoxy - something like West System slow cure works for me for other kind of projects. For preparation of surfaces this is a mine field of differing opinions but a planed surface is what i go with. Some like to sandpaper the surface but from what I've read just a freshly planed surface is better. For clamping be careful that you have even pressure over a large area - obviously if you heavily clamp the centre you will cause deflection at the ends. have fun
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    From Janel

    Hi Janel - yes, i lived there for two years (Sapporo - nice winters ). I'm replying late to this and I guess everyone has answered your questions ! I'd go for a notebook and pencil rather than a laptop but then I like to travel light (8kg max...). Definitely try and stay at an 'inn' (ryokan) if you can - and I forget the details but they serve traditional food in the evening which is a good experience - alot of small dishes and alot of emphasis on texture. Kyoto is interesting and try and see at least one temple if you have time - alot to chose from but there are some good zen gardens if that is of interest and also the temple architecture is very very interesting. Shame you don't have time for a detour to Nara... A large scale bronze (?) Buddha to see Take it easy - Ed
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    From Janel

    Great news ! Am sure you will have a fine time as Japan is a very hospitable place. Which areas are you heading to ? How long are you going for ? People there go out of their way to be helpful and friendly. My only advice would be avoid the shiokara at breakfast (if offered - this is raw fermented squid guts... an acquired taste !) Bye Ed
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    If you only had three netsuke/carving books...

    Hey, ordered this from the library for 50p : Inro Handbook: Studies of Netsuke, Inro, and Laquer by Raymond Bushell I am curious to read it but it is listed at 50 quid on amazonso went with the library (great ordering service) Had a look for the LACMA Bushell book on amazon but it is only available on the dot com version rather than the dot co dot uk one... Is this a good one to get ? Thanks Ed
  6. Oh ! bad news for you but I hope it is resolved... this happened to a friend... he decided to back up his girlfriends work from the last 3 years (she's a jewler/smith) and accidently overwrote all of it.... and fried the external drive too. Seems like there are tools that will allow you to scan back through your hard disk listing all the previous files like a palimpsest - ie even if you deleted the file it can sometimes still find it. He was thinking of buying the same model and rebuilding it with the harddrive and another option was posting it to a specialist data recovery shop... not sure what he decided on but his other half was not impressed... Mine is due for a crash any time soon... maybe now is the time to burn that backup ! Another friend keeps offsite backups with Amazon I think ? They rent space cheaply as do other places... you can get really fancy and have daily automated backups. Ed
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    software to create websites

    Hi Mark et al, Websites aren't too tricky at a certain level. I'd favour learning the basics of HTML either from a book (the peachpit ones are fine for starting - or look online at the w3schools site for free basics) or from a short course that I'm sure most places would run (like an evening course). You can write the html in any editor from notepad to gvim or eclipse (last two are open source)... I think in eclipse you can preview the code which makes learning a lot easier. As for images, if you go the route of basic html static pages (a good choice) you can just link in an image of your choice. Any software for image editing should have an option for optimizing the image for the web. Photoshop does this quite easily but if you are short on funds then you can use something like GIMP which is open source again. Then it's just a question of playing with CSS (again look to w3schools) for the style, buying a domain name and renting some server space. Alot of server space these days comes with many online tools such as the ability to create a forum / blog etc. Wordpress blogs seem a good option if you want that sort of site or phpbb forums are good too if you want to go that route. What kind of site is it / will it be ? Portfolio ? Or something more interactive? (My disclaimer to any of this knowledge is that I am a software engineer for my sins - well the day job at any rate !) If you need any info give me a shout. Ed
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    Camera talk

    Hi Janel - like with many things it depends on budget. I recently bought my first digital camera and am very happy with it - great for documenting the long / large project that is engulfing me at the moment (And I've got some old school medium format cameras for other work - just love film still ) I went for a Panasonic DMC-FX33 and it has pretty good macro - apparently the 55 one is meant to have a better image quality (but out of my budget). I think that many lower end point and shoot camera will have decent macros now and a bit of tweaking in PS will get you there - what do you use at the moment ? I think that Aperture works with RAW images... so maybe more high end photography. It's a new world for me (digital) but have found good info on the site mentioned before (DPReview) and a few friends are pro/semi pro and seem to use Nikon's (but other brands are available !). Take it easy - Ed
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    American Black Walnut

    You all probably know this already but for me as a beginner I have discovered it for myself. I was given some offcuts of american black walnut and thought I'd make some things out of it (not so sure now!) I planed the two sides of a chunk about 2" by 10" by 10" to see how the surface was - looked beautiful. i decided to chop a chunk off with a mains power chop saw and then used a hand saw to refine the shape a bit to make a rough blank.... about two cuts with a chop saw and a couple with a fine toothed dozukime pull saw... not much. Went to bed and have had a pounding headache for the last three days and really sore sinuses. Since then I've read a bit about ABW and it is toxic to many plants when growing and horses don't get on with it either. Guess it doesn't agree with me either ! Strange as the mate who gave it to me works with it without any issue. Anyway I am going to continue but use alot more extraction and a good mask too.... just a warning to those who might try new woods. Cheers Ed
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    Looking very good - I was just reading about this technique in the Masatoshi book - looks tricky. I think this piece has good balance and like the compactness of the frog - the ones we have here (wild/garden) are a bit longer and more 'leggy' ! Cheers Ed
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    Peter Rabbit

    Wow ! That's cool ! Nice carving and I'd be interested in seeing more pics when they come. Trying to imagine how it will turn out. Ed
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    If you only had three netsuke/carving books...

    Well the "The Art of Netsuke Carving" by Masatoshi book arrived last night and it is very good - I've flicked through it (brand new as stated on eBay) and started to read the first chapter - fascinating and also bringing back some good memories of life in Japan - natsukashi ne... Ed
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    Buying new tools (to start carving with)

    Hi Don, I hate to disapoint you ! I think I am up to the following: Shimizu 1mm gouge 1.5mm gouge 2mm gouge 3mm gouge 3mm vee 1.5mm flat 3mm flat 1.5mm skew 3mm skew 1.5 mm slight curve shinkichi And I have also discovered A2 steel straight chisels - nice steel and a wickedly sharp and maintainable edge. I think you are right though - certainly with photography I tend to use one lens as I think simplifying things is good. However also for paddle carving I have bought a Lee Nielson Boggs flat spokeshave as this adds more flow to the process. Guess I'm a magpie like everyone else ! Cheers Ed
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    Japanese Boxes

    Karl/Mark - you can use boron salt maybe ? An organic white powder that you mix with water and paint/spray on. (UltraBoron) I've used it but mostly for chunky wood framing so no idea what the water / salt would do to a nice bit of finished wood for display ! Cheers Ed
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    If you only had three netsuke/carving books...

    Hi Clive - sorry I should have mentioned that ! I'm more interested in making work but also I think it's important to understand context and history. I think that collecting them would be good but out of my price range at the moment I found a new copy of the Masatoshi/Bushell book 'The Art of Netsuke Carving' on eBay for about £44 shipped so decided to get a copy (this seems alot for a book but as Janel pointed out it was something like $125 when it came out - and this is allegedly a new copy). I've read the Julia Hutt book (Japanese Netsuke: Victoria and Albert Museum) and think that this is fair introduction, at any rate I think I found more value and information in it than a book I read by Edward Symmes (Netsuke: Japanese Life and Legend in Minature) which seemed to be more pictures in strange settings. Anyway - I'll look for the other books recommended. Are there any good current books (i.e. available from Amazon) that stand out ? Maybe in the £20 range ? (someone wants to give me one ) I looked on Amazon.co.uk for the 'Collector's Netsuke' book but it is out of print... this is fine but means I end up spending say £20 to £30 on a copy from the secondhand USA bookshops plus £20 postage ... adds up a bit. I was looking at the more expensive ones on Amazon too with a view to buying them in the long term as no doubt they will go out of print sooner or later and then be hard/expensive to get hold of. Are these any good ? The Inro Handbook (Inro) Netsuke:4 Centries of masterpieces: Trump Collection (Trump) Thanks Ed