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  1. Francis, That is an elegant tool that you have made! I can see (imagine) its potential for many uses. Janel
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    They are such handsome dogs. And Marie seems to be very patient! Janel
  3. Hello Francis, I am pleased to see your pursuit for solutions to the problems that moving forward presents. Occasionally Jim Kelso does post quick videos of technique on his Instagram page. Forgive me if you already follow him there, but here is the link to his account: https://www.instagram.com/jim_kelso/ I face such tight corners with wood and with clay. Each material provides its own challenges to such situations. Wood has a grain that must be respected and understood when cutting or shaving so using left and right edged versions of certain tools can be very helpful. C
  4. Hello Francis and welcome! Janel
  5. Hello Kiyoshi Yoshi, Your inventions are so very clever and fun to watch! Thank you for the link to the beautiful Sakura blossoms. Janel
  6. Pierre, I am amazed at what you were able to accomplish with a simple knife. Perhaps avocado is not as hard as tagua ... especially if it is fresh. Janel
  7. Hi Pierre, Welcome! There are some discussions about tagua nuts on the forum that might be helpful. I think that knives that are more like pocket knives might be too challenging and dangerous for tagua. Smaller, more controllable shaving shapes might be more rewarding after first roughing out with files. (A tip: if you have a carving peg, you might find the tacky putty stuff used for sticking posters and paper to walls an asset to holding the hard and rounded nut while working. It reduces the clamp-like grip for the holding hand by sticking to the backside.) Janel
  8. Hi Brokk, Northern Minnesota, yes that helps a bit. I am in east central near the Wisconsin border. Minnesota has three definite zones between prairie, woodland and the lakes region. A cabin of any sort on a lake is common for many folks. We are next to the Sunrise River about a mile from the St. Croix River confluence, so I do have water nearby. Thank you for the link and reminder of Hape Kiddle's work. I had heard of him, and to see his work now is refreshing. It is so easy to want to touch and caress it. I look forward to seeing your carvings as they progress. Uki
  9. Hi Daz, Thank you for the explanation for the symbolism in the piece. Knowing these things make it quite meaningful. I am sorry that I was so late to reply ... even in isolation, life is busy. (and I have not much sense of calendar time, though that is changing) Be well and stay happily busy, Janel
  10. Pavel, you made me smile when you described who the model for the spider was! Well done! Have you mastered the skills for moving the limbs of the spider? What a great and pleasing challenge that project must have been. Janel
  11. Pavel, that is so very sweet! Thank you for showing it to us. Janel
  12. Welcome Brokk, Where in MN did your parents come from? I live in MN. How fortunate you were to have a little time with Susan Wraight! What an inspiration that must have been to have her give a workshop to your carving group. And, good experiences all around for teaching carving with your Pop! Ed: I am glad to see you have recovered! Welcome back to you! Janel
  13. This is so good to learn more about! I am curious about the fairy tale that involved your marvelous spider character. It has such a friendly and pleasant face. (not scary at all). I love seeing the photos of the sculptor/puppeteers and the stage, and the great young audience! Thank you! Janel
  14. Is there symbolism that can be described about the design elements? I hope that it will help the recipient the strength that is needed. Janel
  15. That sounds like a dream time! Uninterrupted work time! Never happens for me anymore. But, that is the way that interesting lives go. The insight that your instructor can imbue in the teaching must be both practical with the carving knowledge and creative the experience from professional use of puppets. Is there also discussion of developing stories and creating the characters that illustrate the storyline? Janel
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