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  1. Hi Ed, Sorry to learn of advancing flexibility issues. I am glad that you can still carve. I also have a way of believing that most of what disappears will show itself for discovery and return some day. I am curious about the backer that you are carving on ... is it leather? Well used I must say, and good idea. Happy New Year wishes to you! Janel
  2. Thank you Andrew V! Janel
  3. Hi Ed! Happy New looking forward Year! A leaf! I am looking forward to seeing what you do with this wood and subject! Janel
  4. Thank you Yoshii, Your creations are enjoyable and heart warming! Many good wishes to you this holiday season, and may you stay healthy and happily busy in the new year! Janel
  5. I apologize but I do not know how to answer that question. It would be good to be able to do so. Lets hope that they do not need fixing!
  6. I have two NSK micrometers. They are different from one another, though at the moment I do not have their descriptions at hand. The first was purchased new, the other used, purchased from another carver met through this forum. They both work well. I set them up to use different sized collets for the two main tool bit diameters. A time saver, mainly. One has a manual speed dial, the other is foot pedal speed controlled. The original machine I used for heavy waste removal. It has held up well. The other unit uses finer bits. That said, for the majority of days and hours I spent c
  7. Roystone, thank you for the link! Janel
  8. On the forum there are topics and posts about extraction fans of all sorts, from built in with capture trays to a box fan with a filter the same size as the fan ... all designed to capture the dusts. Filters should have the best rating for smallest particle capture. Here is one among many results from a search (upper right corner of window) using "extraction":
  9. Welcome back! Janel
  10. Hi Rebecca.D, Use some search terms in the Search option at the upper right of the page. Using ' antler ' would be a good start. There has been much discussion about carving this material. Sorry to deflect answering, but there is a wealth of information already posted on the forum about carving antler, tusk and bone, in much broader detail than a singular response could give. Your first ' Search ' response will present a lot of reading material, and will launch your pursuit of answers and recommendations easily. Let us know how your concept is working out. Janel
  11. It is good to read that you were using water while drilling. There is good reason to not breath the dust from drilling or working with shell materials. There are topics and posts about this on the forum from past years' contributions. Janel
  12. Welcome to you Edward S, Folks check in from time to time. Meanwhile, you can find topics from earlier years about coin carving by using the SEARCH function or by using a search engine mentioning The Carving Path in the terms. I hope that you find some good tips in the knowledge stored within the forum. Janel
  13. Maybe cheap bears a higher price than purchasing quality and fewer? Is there a grain to the material? Top to bottom instead of bottom to top perhaps? Wood and some antler does matter for with and against the grain when carving by hand and by power. Janel
  14. I like how you could see the diving bird in the form! I look forward to seeing more later. How is your location holding up to the weather these months? Janel
  15. Todd, I am glad that you are resourceful and can make the tools to suit your needs! Thank you for posting your question and answers. Janel
  16. Hello Yoshi, I agree with you that creative work is a very good way to move forward with life during these times. Additional joy for me is spending time in the garden and watching things grow. Janel
  17. Yoshii, You are being very busy this summer with your inventions! I laughed out loud with Ako-Chan shooting off fireworks! Well done and surprising! With each piece I do enjoy your technical explanations of how each of the creations work. I hope that you remain well and happily busy, Janel
  18. Hello Douglas, The tools should be of a size that will work on the scale that you wish to carve. For me, those would likely be too big for netsuke-sized pieces. As for quality, I will leave that up to others to offer their opinions. What ever the tool, always keep them sharpened while in use, and cut away from the flesh. As you use tools, your work will begin to tell you what is working to do your intentions, and what you might need to add to your array. My most indispensable tools I have in a range from that of a needle-diameter to 1/4" diameter, for example. Janel
  19. Welcome to you Don! What did you color the bone with? Janel
  20. They are beautiful. Do you know any of the items that might have been made with them? It is good that you could pass them on. Janel
  21. Hi Andrew, How about if you use more threads to bulk up the braiding to make it a single cord that will fit the hole. For instance two strands paired for each one strand, or what ever works for multi-ply-ing (a pun is in there somewhere) the strands to make the cord the diameter that you want it to be. Janel
  22. Hello Andrew V, That looks like a lot of repetitive work for the scales on the sheath. What is it carved from? Look up ' kumihimo ' here on the forum. There is much information about how folks have made cord for themselves, from different kinds of threads and materials. J
  23. Hi Ed, This makes me smile! Thank you for sharing it with us. Janel
  24. This is very clever! I enjoyed seeing how Ako-Chan was involved with the movements! Thank you Janel
  25. Darren, is this bone and opal?
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