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  1. 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
  2. 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'?
  3. Thank you Francis for the good explanation. What is next for your adventures?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. It is good to see it all together! There is strength in its quietness. Is there a tiny insert under the cord lashing? Janel
  7. Pavel, what a lovely thing to do for your daughter's enjoyment! Janel
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Hello denniso, Welcome to The Carving Path forum. I hope that you will be able to find some helpful answers in the many years of posts that make this place a useful archive of knowledge. Searching might be awkward at first, but it is amazing how much has been shared that is interesting and useful. Best wishes on your hunt for specific information on how to polish gypsum rock. Janel
  11. Gareth Barlow has been a contributing member of The Carving Path forum for a long time. His work has broadened since we first met here, and I am in awe each time I learn of his new work. Facebook presented this recent link to a video wherein he describes what moved him to create something that is deeply moving.
  12. Welcome to you Terry!
  13. I find myself wondering if with metals and patination, is is possible to mask the metal to resist the chemicals of the patina, for contrast between the darkened metal and the original colors? Swallowtail butterflies present in a variety of black/yellow combinations, so my imagination wonders what is possible with the metals to express a certain variety. Janel
  14. Hi Justin, I think that these days bandwidth is not a problem now. It would be good to see the images here if you can add them to your post. Does the chatter or hatchmark happen in one direction and not another? Have you tried a finer file? Jeweler's finest files possibly? The grain of the softwood might simply just do this, but possibly the file is going against instead of with the grain. The shape being filed might be limiting the direction of the filing action, so a work around that is not a first choice might help. Possibly sanding sticks like fingernail boards might help, going finer and finer, while being a flat tool might help. Harder woods can be scraped smooth, but I doubt that basswood would like that. I look forward to reading about what techniques you find success with. Janel
  15. Wow! Francis, thank you for the link to the extensively detailed information from the creation of this ensemble. (Bladesmith's early founder Donn Fogg, joined and encouraged Jim Kelso and myself as co-founders of The Carving Path forum.)
  16. What did you use to make the markings that leave the shadows? Pictures would be helpful maybe. I am thinking that having used moisture to wash, and the shadows remain, that the microscopic pores may not be cleanable. If what you used responds to hydrogen peroxide, I might first try a tiny bit of it on a swab. That is more mild that bleach. If what you used is mineral it may not respond to either peroxide or bleach. If you have another Tagua nut to practice stain removal on, that would be the best idea. Third what-if ... is the stain part of the coloration of the nut, by chance? Janel
  17. 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
  19. 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. Clay is easy, one just needs to be gentle and make sure the edges are straight, or curved as needed, and sharp (I use bamboo). I wonder if an alternate approach for the metal could be a straight edge and scraping. I simply do not know about metal carving, though I love watching Jim's gentle persuasions with it. Janel
  20. Hello Francis and welcome! Janel
  21. Hello Kiyoshi Yoshi, Your inventions are so very clever and fun to watch! Thank you for the link to the beautiful Sakura blossoms. Janel
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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. Ukibori - fun! Thank you for the compliment. Frogs have been my favorite ... I kept the local varieties of tree frogs and toads in large aquariums, raised meal worms and crickets for them and purchased bait grubs from time to time in winter. Net caught things in summer. I loved watching them grow old ... life stories ... one or some reached about nine years of age, by then quite loose skinned and baggy instead of the taught skin of youth. Janel
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