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  1. Thank you Ed for your message. If your son has some information to share with me, lets have him do it by email to me. If you need my address, private message me and I will pass it along to you. Janel
  2. Thank you Justin! Your positive thoughts are comforting. I do hope to make the many years of shared information be available and searchable. Your ideas are things that I had not thought about yet. Much appreciation to you for your responses. Janel
  3. To anyone who continues to rely on The Carving Path forum: The forum has been providing information and a platform for carvers to communicate with one another since 2005. The forum software provider is now requiring a minimum 40% to 55% increase in fees, and that is not something that I want to carry on paying for on my own. Member participation has been almost zero, falling victim to the glitz of social media rapid response. Readership from searches continues, but meaningful interaction has not been happening for a very long time. My intention has been to continue to provide the significant database that has grown from member interaction because of my belief that people with knowledge share that with those who have questions. I am facing greater expenses for providing this information to any and all, with almost zero interaction via forum communication. One concept that I am contemplating is learning how to transfer the database to an archiving web site. The learning curve is steep and may still incur expenses. I would hope that this archiving step would keep the information available to anyone seeking information but without the Q&A that is currently an option with membership to the forum. What I do not know is if anyone cares anymore. Yes, that is a dismal outlook, but I see clearly what is not happening on what used to be a lively forum with lots of Q&A that proved vital to many carvers of small scale works. Lives change, interests, abilities, and directions change for us all. I am now 70 years old, and my perspective on my own life is starting to shift. Please offer comments on how you see the future of The Carving Path forum. Respectfully, Janel Jacobson Owner/Admin of The Carving Path forum
  4. Hi Jacobsw, I am not a stone person, but to me it looks like the little broken chert pieces that I find in the gravel here in Minnesota. There is no way of telling what it is without knowing its hardness and other characteristics. Others familiar with stone ID might be able to give you a better idea of what it might be. Was it cut to this thickness and to this shape? Janel
  5. Hi Jerome, How are they working for you? They look like a useful array of tools! Are you carving bone now with them? Janel
  6. I apologize for being so late to respond, I have been recovering from a broken wrist and surgery. Power tools can be useful but at most speeds can generate heat from friction, causing the material to burn. Take care with capturing the dust generated as well. There are several ideas, from simple to elaborate, for dust capture systems posted in earlier years here on the forum, which can be found using the SEARCH option. I would not use water while cutting or working tusk, fearing cracking upon drying. If others have used this method successfully, it is outside of my own experience. Water for shell working yes, tusk and bone maybe not. My history with carving I have preferred hand tools for most of the work after the roughing out with burrs using a micro grinder, for the development of careful shaping and detail work. There are discussions on the forum about preferred tools that we have all made for our chosen use, since there has been a lack of availability for specific use small tools commercially. SEARCH and learn a lot from the wealth of information waiting to be discovered here on The Carving Path forum. Janel
  7. Those are so tiny and expressive! Your skill with capturing characteristics of head shapes, and facial expressions is admirable. Will these be taken further, or be 'heads on pedestals'?
  8. Thank you Francis for the good explanation. What is next for your adventures?
  9. Very nice, Ed! If those were mine, I would round the sharp angled edge on the tool end of the handle. That is, unless it serves a purpose as it is.
  10. Good question, Ed. I do not have a real answer, but if you are changing quality or "grit" then maybe changing strops or cleaning it would be a good practice. I use a piece of cardboard such as from cereal boxes and charge it with a stick of compound. When the cardboard gets cut up or the waxy compound gets really dirty, I just change the cardboard. The leather strop that I have is not fine enough for my tiny tools, just the carpenter tools. And, I lost the little bottle of dust that came with the strop, years ago.
  11. It is good to see it all together! There is strength in its quietness. Is there a tiny insert under the cord lashing? Janel
  12. Pavel, what a lovely thing to do for your daughter's enjoyment! Janel
  13. Francis, You make me smile with this: "My focus is on reducing the need for cleanup after the inlay work by doing cleaner work in the first place." It makes so much sense and has yielded a lovely result! Janel
  14. Hello Dane, The difficulty in finding netsuke carving tools is not a unique one. Most folks do finally learn to make their own. The Carving Path forum pages are a repository of information that with persistence and patience can help guide the inquirer towards answering the questions that arise. You might find the forum to be a quiet place these days, though many people use the forum to gather information. Some may contribute from time to time, always a welcome event. Good wishes to you, Janel
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