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  1. Janel

    Hello from Oregon

    Hi Mike! Welcome to The Carving Path forum. Janel
  2. Janel

    old guy, new here

    Hello Bruce Cana Fox, Welcome! It is good to know that you have found some good information stored here on the forum! Janel
  3. Janel

    The carving path

    Hello Ed, Thank you so much for your very thoughtful and encouraging words. I remain hopeful that this forum and its many years of generous information, archived here since January of 2005, will be helpful to others. If anyone wishes to make a financial contribution towards the forum's expenses, that generosity would be appreciated. I know, it is tacky to ask for $$$ but keeping the forum open and on the web has its ongoing costs. Ed, I am sorry to read that you are slowed by pain. Thank you again for your kind words, and I hope that you are able to carve and create from time to time. Janel
  4. Is anyone benefitting from this forum any more? This question I ask myself often. Participation has nearly flat-lined, but I do see that Guests are browsing the pages. Occasionally someone registers. Occasionally someone posts and sometimes there are a few responses. Will the forum blossom this year? Will this year be a wake instead? It is up to the members to encourage one another by participation, posting, asking questions and answering them in helpful ways. That is why this forum was created so long ago. There was a need. Is there still a need for this forum to be available any longer? For now, please post any thoughts in "The Way" if you are moved to make comments. It is up to you. Janel
  5. Janel

    Deer Antler

    Hi Darren, Thank you for the very positive comments. I will now go off your topic of the antler and protective finish. I, too, wonder if there will be a rekindling of members checking in and helping one another. The static nature of the forum is not as competitive with the instant gratification of social media, BUT, the archived conversations between artists here on The Carving Path are accessible and educational. I have found that the onboard SEARCH is helpful, but limited. I test internet search engines using The Carving Path and a particular term, such as "paraffin" and various options are presented. Keeping it going means $30 per month now, checking in regularly, and updating the software when prompted. It gets expensive when only a few persons post per month, if one counts and averages the live action. I am hopeful that others are using the information without also logging in and communicating with others. Come on folks! Help keep this forum alive and well! I miss you! Janel
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    Deer Antler

    It is advisable to test anything that you might want to do for color, texture, and finish before doing it to the actual piece that you have worked to completion. Let us know what you have done and have learned from the process? Best wishes, Janel
  7. Janel

    Deer Antler

    Try these: Long ago, Natasha wrote about how she treats mammoth tusk. http://www.thecarvingpath.net/forum/index.php?/topic/1488-staining-bone/page__view__findpost__p__13174 http://www.thecarvingpath.net/forum/index.php?/topic/688-the-first-breath/page__view__findpost__p__6125
  8. Janel

    Deer Antler

    I am guessing here not being an antler carver per se, if the antler is older, having had time in the elements and not fresh off the deer, it may already be stable and not crack further. That said, oil applications might change permanently the look of the material. Natasha Popova described a mixture that she uses on the surface of her extraordinary sculptures, somewhere here on the forum. You might use paraffin for a key word search. It did bring up various hits. She briefly describes this on the topic "The First Breath". I will look for a better description for you. One may also use Renaissance Wax which will dry clear and non sticky. It will even out dull and shiny to some degree but will not smooth uneven surfaces.
  9. Janel

    antler engraving

    Good choice for Rhys the blacksmith. Whether or not he needs the help, you will be an integral part of that step with creating the whole piece. Looking forward to seeing more of the project. Janel
  10. Janel

    Anglo Saxon sword

    Hi Steve, That is quite a lot of good work so far! The beech has a lovely wood grain. Are the different grain layers equally hard and closed cell? Thank you for sharing the update and photos with us. Janel
  11. Janel

    antler engraving

    Hi Andrew, Thank you for the good responses to my question, and then some. I found that tool-making for me occurred when I needed something that I did not have and could not do what I wanted to do without a new sort of edge or bent configuration. Will you do the inlay after the metal work is completed? I do not want to imagine what sorts of grime might be absorbed by the antler at the smithy. I hope that you have had good results on your play-day at the smithy. Are you doing the blacksmithing? I am looking forward to seeing images of this project when you have completed it! Janel
  12. Janel

    Costs going up for the forum

    If any members are grateful for the forum being kept available on line, the Admin would appreciate hearing from you regarding financial contributions towards its upkeep. Please PM me here on the forum and we will discuss the how-to of making the donation. Many thanks, Janel
  13. Janel

    antler engraving

    What species of antler is this? Are you into making your own tools yet? There are so many more kinds of small tools that will augment your kit of tools and will make certain carving actions simpler. There are many posts and topics here covering the methods and types of tools that other small scale carvers have used. Janel
  14. Janel

    New member from the UK

    Hi Steve, Welcome! I do look forward to images of the sword when you are ready to post them. It is good to read about the local connection and history regarding the beechwood. Janel
  15. Janel

    Imperial rhodonite chain

    Thank you for showing the completed piece. I do admire your patience with attending to the complexities of carving and polishing chain links. The color and luminosity is marvelous against the green jade background. Are you going to launch into a more simple piece next? Janel