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  1. 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!


  2. 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.


  3. 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?



  4. 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.


  5. I think that I tried to use a very flat-backed sander to try to level the surface after the major wood removal.  I brought the surface to a very fine polish with 8,000-10,000 emery cloths, then used a hardening oil, maybe a Woodsheen (uncolored) product from a while back.  Sets up fairly quickly and buffs nicely with a cloth.  


  6. Hello Joseph,
    When you log in to participate on the forum, the unread topics and posts should show up with something in Bold. There are other things that are newer that might also present unread items.  At the bottom right of this page, when I complete the post, there may be a linked phrase that indicates unread topics within the section, such as Who's Who, etc.

    I am also a person who likes to read about prehistory, of people, of evolution, the formation of the earth and how it got to where it is today ...


  7. Hello Don,

    I was told finally of this problem, and it was a big short-coming on my side.  I had to change servers, and also the http:// to https:// and possibly another layer as well.  I think and hope that it is now fixed and open to all.  

    I am really sorry about that error on my part.  It was always there for me so I was oblivious to the problem until someone recently let me know about it.  That might explain why the forum has been so quiet.

    Thank you for posting.  I think that image size is less of an issue now, but it is best to not put huge files on as some folks may still be using metered monthly data cap internet.


  8. Dear Bonnie,

    Thank you.  Your succinct observations are sincerely appreciated.  Further your offer of support is marvelous.

    I am trying to research what and how to make the forum appear on the archiving web site.  There is a learning curve with that, it is not yet performing as I would like to see it.

    Meanwhile, please everyone, post and ask questions on The Carving Path forum and keep the information flowing.

    Thank you again Bonnie, you are immensely perceptive and helpful.


  9. Hello Bonnie,

    Thank you for your thoughtful message content.  I do continue to consider taking a step towards not keeping the forum live for interaction between members.  In the past years I have learned of a website archiving site.  A while back a silent admin/friend added the url to this archiving site, but shortly afterward the push to change url from http:// to https:// for internet security occurred so the direct link to the active forum stopped on the day that I had that change made to TCP's url.  I have finally connected the dots for that archive not updating ... and recently entered the https url version.  It is too soon to know how often or how well the archive will work.  I will follow it for a while to be sure the occasional postings are included, and then might consider making a change to refer all searches to the online archive.  It is my understanding, and sincere hope, that this archive will make available all of the years of collected wisdom and communications to seekers of information about carving in the smaller scale, materials, tools, hopes and dreams.

    It has been difficult to even arrive at this decision and mindset, but change is inevitable for everything and I am having to accept that regarding my relationship with this forum.  

    On a more personal note, I do understand about being extremely work oriented to achieve financial goals.  It can be wearing.  Working for real income and a regular paycheck is not in my experience so the pressure is constantly on to work long hours while knowing that sales are not guaranteed.  A three day weekend show could be rained out, the audience could be show weary, and on and on.  A nod to my story, the massive audience shift with clients aging out of collecting can become a life-changer.  Yet, I continue to be self-employed with the naive hope that if I make it the audience will be there ... for pottery now, not netsuke.  Sorry, not necessarily on topic.  

    I admire you for having work that stimulates and supports you financially, and for having a part of your life devoted to carving explorations and all that goodness that focused activity brings to one's wellbeing.  We all struggle to seek a balance with all the parts of our lives.  I am hopeful that you will find that point and be able to purchase the home you are hoping for.

    I have met many, many wonderful people here.  You included, having met you in the more recent years.  Your financial support has been marvelous and generous, and has been a great encourager to keep the site open for a longer period of time.  Thank you for your willingness to make another contribution.  You are a special person!


  10. Kiyoshi Yoshii, I hope that the weather evens out for you in Tokyo.  We have had weather extremes in my region of the USA, but today is going to be a perfect summer day, not too hot and not too cold.  A rarity.

    It is fun to see your new perpetual motion machines.  Thank you for posting the links to watch them.


  11. I like seeing the drawing/plan for the piece.  The reversal of the image on the Hei Toki reminds me of what would happen when I prepared a composition for the carved porcelain that I used to do in the '80's and '90's.  The sketch was done on tracing paper as a line drawing first, then shading was done on the reverse side.  This method offered a 'plan' for depth of carving with varying degrees of darkness.  The deeper the porcelain clay removal the more glaze would accumulate in the firing as the glaze melted and flowed.  That also would make the higher parts lighter as the glaze flowed.

    Such drawings as yours can be very helpful to do in positioning the elements for balance, the way the eye moves around or is directed to move according to particular nuances ... It is good to see your thought process here.



  12. Hey Ed,

    Good news about the hip, I hope that recovery is steady.  Stick with the PT, needless to say.  I hope that your area weathered the storm and rain totals well.  

    We are having the hot and humid weeks of summer here.  For those of us used to long winters, these days are a challenge.  But, we waited all winter for them, so we try to revel in them!  

    Best wishes for your recovery,


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