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  1. 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.
  2. Welcome to you Terry!
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.)
  6. 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
  7. 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
  9. 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
  10. Hello Francis and welcome! Janel
  11. Hello Kiyoshi Yoshi, Your inventions are so very clever and fun to watch! Thank you for the link to the beautiful Sakura blossoms. Janel
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Pavel, that is so very sweet! Thank you for showing it to us. Janel
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. This is marvelous Pavel! Thank you for the many photos to see it in progress. Are you the instructor? The head and face are a pleasing surprise! I am glad that it is a friendly one, to calm down the arachnophobes' fears. Janel
  23. Hi Justin, Email me: janel @ janeljacobson.com - take out the spaces when putting in your message address area. Thank you! Donations towards the forum upkeep are deeply appreciated. Janel
  24. Janel

    COVID 19

    Ed, Oh horrors! I do hope that what that infusion is will be helpful. It is now a week later, I hope to see you back here again. Thinking of you and your wife. Janel
  25. Thank you marsto1, I appreciate hearing this from you. The members who post have made this forum a valuable resource. Janel
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