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  1. 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,


  2. 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.


  3. 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.


  4. 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.  


  5. 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.


  6. 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. 


  7. 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.)


  8. 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.


  9. 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!


  10. 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.



  11. 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!








  12. Is anyone making or hoping to make their own carving tools?  This topic is a good starting point for some useful tool shapes, and can be adapted to tiny to larger carving/scraping applications.


  13. Hi Ed,

    Thank you and Happy New Year to you as well!

    I've been deeply focused on learning and creating an annual update to a large web site that I build for a group every year.  This is a big on though because I am leaving the comfort of the old software for the modern platform/template site-building technology.  It is almost done.  I also have tried to have some studio time, but maybe that begins tomorrow.

    I also hope that folks will latch back on to posting, sharing and helping those who need answers.  The forum was created for such purposes for people who carve in a small scale.  

    An anniversary is around this time as well ... the forum began in 2005.  15 years of accumulated knowledge exists here for anyone to read and learn from.

    Keep your tools sharp and cut away from your flesh!


  14. Hello John, Thank you for your introduction!

    Hello Debbie and welcome back!  I am so excited to see the work that you have been doing!

    Thank you both for posting about your work and what it is you hope to be doing.  Thank you Debbie for offering helpful information.


  15. Hello Steve T,

    It is good to see your new work and to read of your scoring new tools!  I never thought of asking for the drill bits, only the hand scrapers that I would adapt into hand tools.  I will keep your suggestion in mind.  It could be interesting.  Are the shafts different than standard bits?



  16. I believe that the tips might be solid for a way towards the main stalk.  The thickest part should have marrow-like pith matrix.  If it is not in objectionable condition, such material is sometimes incorporated into the concept that one is carving.  It takes some fore-thought.


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