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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Welcome to you Don! What did you color the bone with? Janel
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    Old tools

    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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. Hi Ed, This makes me smile! Thank you for sharing it with us. Janel
  15. This is very clever! I enjoyed seeing how Ako-Chan was involved with the movements! Thank you Janel
  16. Darren, is this bone and opal?
  17. Pavel, can you explain what we are seeing in the photo? Janel
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    Hello Pavel, I've been busy and have not had time for commenting here for some time. Sorry. Yes, buxus is very much harder. Tools just need to be sharpened well and more often. The tools and wood will let you know when. More patience as well, and keep your flesh out of range of the edge ... tools can skid quickly when the edge does not catch the wood, especially on round things. Each wood has its own qualities to offer to the carver. Figuring that out is part of the life long process of learning. Janel
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    Hello Pavel! Your work portrays much character and attitude! I am enjoying what you do. The turtle even has something to say! Let us know how buxus compares to the linden wood for carving. Janel
  20. That is amazing Debbie!! I can imagine that it comes alive when it is moving, with the gems, facets and glimmer from the metals. The citrine face has a beautiful quality to it. Thank you for posting this! (I think that the image size limit is of no concern any more. I just have not changed the language where it is mentioned, in too many places.) Janel
  21. Hello folks, This world health crisis is an uncomfortable time for most of us as absolutely everything is shutting down except essential services. What is happening in my own life, at age 69, is fear, apprehension, and hopefulness for seeing the other side of it somehow. What else is happening is that the means of financial support through sales of my work as a self employed person is eroding at a time when our income cycle is usually poised for the income ice-breaker event in early May where thousands of people flock to seven studios to purchase pottery from 65 potters. The Center for Disease Control has put an eight week ban on gatherings of over 50 persons. I fear what happens next with both personal health impact potential and financial survival. If there is any interest in helping to support the monthly payments for The Carving Path forum, and related expenses for owning and protecting the domain name, I would appreciate donations that would help keep the forum alive. The alternative, which I am not fully convinced will work, is to have a web archiving site take the entirety of the site into its data base so that it would be explorable and remain useful to information seekers. Please email me at janel @ janeljacobson.com (take out the spaces). We can then discuss the how to do it part. Thank you. Stay isolated, and stay well. Sincere thanks to anyone who is still active on this forum. All contributors over the past 14 years have made this a marvelous information resource. Janel
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    Rocks in My Head

    Hi John, Thank you for posting about what you have been working on. I look forward to seeing how things progress or turn out. Janel
  23. New Year greetings to you Yoshii, and to Ako-chan as well! Ako-chan is very clever to figure out how to make a cannon ball from a magnet! I admire your fusion of science, humor, imagination and carving to create these little marvels! Thank you for sharing them with us! Janel
  24. When the forum began in 2005, digital imagery was in its earlier stages, in transition from slides to digital cameras in my case. I started with a digital Nikon CoolPix 4500 camera. It was a great leap forward for me. With slides, I would shoot the rolls of film with an array of settings per piece, then drive an hour to the metro area (I live an hour away from Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN) wait the three hours for same day processing at extra $$ to collect the slides. Often a reshoot was necessary. This was a great waste of time, but it was what I had to work with. I loved that little 4500, with the twisting body and lens assembly. First selfie camera perhaps? Immediate results so lighting tweaks were timely and better images followed. For the past few years I have been using a smartphone to do the photography of my work. I find myself wondering what others are using these days to produce the best shots of their work, to produce images for the web, or for print publication. What do you use for processing the images? I find that sometimes the images are not in need of processing, but they usually do need something done to them. There are a variety of questions I have in addition to the above: lighting choices; tripod vs handheld; image processing software, etc. Join in and make this an educational discussion. Janel
  25. Old topic but a good subject, any year, any fresh start. I wonder how Dick Bonham is and what he is doing now. I will restart this topic with a couple of subjects in two different materials. Carved porcelain shallow relief, and a small sculpture. The carve porcelains for these drawings were shallow lidded boxes, though I do not have easy photos of the finished pieces. The composition image tells the essential story though. I use tracing paper that is translucent enough to see line drawing on one side and the shading on the other, when set on a piece of white paper. This gives the form and helps me to plan the depth of the carving, which then becomes shaded with the celadon glaze as it melts from the higher parts of the carving and flows into the deeper areas. The small sculpture, I did not draw first, I modeled from plasticine. I first turned the lower portion of the little cup and its foot on a lathe. The rest of the cup was then shaped with files and scraped and sanded smooth, for later fluting. Then the frog was carved and the eyes inlaid. This is a brief intro to jumpstart this topic, to entice members to contribute here by showing how they prepare to carve a piece. Show us the finished piece as well, please! Janel
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