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  1. 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
  3. 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. C
  4. Hello Francis and welcome! Janel
  5. Hello Kiyoshi Yoshi, Your inventions are so very clever and fun to watch! Thank you for the link to the beautiful Sakura blossoms. Janel
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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. Uki
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. Pavel, that is so very sweet! Thank you for showing it to us. Janel
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
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    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
  19. Thank you marsto1, I appreciate hearing this from you. The members who post have made this forum a valuable resource. Janel
  20. 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
  21. Thank you Andrew V! Janel
  22. Hi Ed! Happy New looking forward Year! A leaf! I am looking forward to seeing what you do with this wood and subject! Janel
  23. 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
  24. 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!
  25. 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
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