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  1. Hi Charla, Somewhere on TCP are the same photos of the tools on this web page: http://janeljacobson.com/toolsstudio/tools2012.html Wow! I just drag/dropped the image from the web site!!! This new version has some major changes that are positive! The top image shows the tools that I turn to for planing on wood, bone, tusk materials. These may have been made with 3/16" rod. The tools are versatile, having three edges, one straight and two curved to various degrees. The straight edge on the right, kept very sharp, is the main shaver in most cases. These may or may not be too big for your purposes, so creating tools of the sizes that work for your needs will be up to you. You may find through the new SEARCH function more topics and posts focused on using drill rod tool making processes with hardening and tempering, (I like the new search feature) so I won't go into it here. If you look at my tool page you will see tools sized down to needle diameters and up to 1/4" diameter stock. Janel
  2. The new upgrade to the forum software has been completed. The look has changed, but the content should have remained the same. Very important detail, your login username is now your Display Name. Please use your Display Name as the username instead of the old username when you log in to the forum. For example, my Display Name is -- Janel -- as you can see on my post. That is what you will find on your posts from the past. If you have difficulty with logging in please send me an email : admin @ thecarvingpath.net (In the real email address there are no spaces before and after the @ sign.) I apologize if this change causes you some difficulty. There was not much choice with this part of the upgrade process. Janel
  3. The new upgrade to the forum software has been completed. The look has changed, but the content should have remained the same. Very important detail, your login username is now your Display Name. If you have difficulty with logging in please send me an email : admin @ thecarvingpath.net (In the real email address there are no spaces before and after the @ sign.) Janel
  4. Hi Jason, Thank you. I am glad that the forum information has been helpful for you. Janel
  5. Thank you Heidi. For many years I kept gray tree frogs, spring peepers, and toads in an aquarium, and raised crickets and mealworms for them. The gray tree frogs lived for about 8 years, and the toads perhaps for a shorter time. They were wonderful "companions" that informed the sculptural work with frogs and toads. Janel
  6. Have you tried mounting the hand piece in a holder of some sort that renders it immovable and then use both hands to hold and move the stone? Somewhere on the forum in past years someone posted images of that technique while work/study time was spent in China. It seems to be a very good idea. One could isolate the motor/hand piece, or the flex shaft hand piece, from the water side of a barrier that surrounds the wet work space with a pan for catching the water and slurry. A constant, steady drip mechanism has also been posted by various stone workers. Securely mounting the hand piece would put off the need to have a more controlable unit such as the NSK for hand held carving. Janel
  7. It pleases me to read what you just wrote. Thank you. Janel
  8. Thank you Heidi for starting this topic. Good idea! I began my young adult life as a potter making useful pots for daily use. Some days I would draw the things in my environment such as leaves and branches, insects, tree frogs or what ever was interesting at the moment in the season. Once in a while a rounded vase form might have a leaf carved onto it, which then became a leaf that was shallow relief carved with added clay. The explorations in carving had begun in the mid to late 1970's and grew to a point in the mid 1980's to where I was taking two months a year to explore carving clay, using porcelain and celadon glaze as the materials to work with. By the mid 1990's I wanted more from the material and switched to carving wood in 1995 and did not look back to carving clay after that. The materials changed with carving as the continuum. Mother encouraged us kids to spend time looking at things outdoors, touching tree bark, digging worms to feed little frogs we watched for a while ... It stuck with me, the joy of looking at the small things that help to make the natural world endlessly fascinating. Janel
  9. Early on I used a hanging Dremel flexshaft and was encouraged to try an NSK microgrinder. The flexshaft tool caused a lot of forearm, wrist and hand strain while trying to keep the swinging shaft and motor from affecting the cutting process when moving the bit around while cutting/grinding. Switching to the NSK microgrinder was a delightful step to take. You might find more information on the forum by doing a search using NSK as the search term. Janel
  10. Hi Heidi, Thank you for considering creative ways towards contributions. I'd much rather just receive the financial support rather than having to set up and maintain a sales venue on top of everything else. I appreciate the suggestion though. It takes people communicating with people to keep this forum alive. Today has revealed the most activity in the past couple of days where you and a few others have actually communicated with one another. When the discussions get meaty is when folks actually begin to help one another constructively, fostering an educational atmosphere. Show and tell is a part of it all, but the learning and growing from the help of other memvers is the big thing that has made, and will make, this an enduring resource for seekers and carvers. Janel
  11. Hi Danny, It looks like the photos were linked to another location, perhaps your web site. The links and images no longer appear on the posts. I am sorry that they are gone. Janel
  12. Welcome to you, Heidi, thank you for introducing yourself! Janel
  13. Thank you very much Matt O for providing the technical skill and effort to convert the old file into a useful format. The tool demo video is now available here: TCP address in Small Carving Instructional Videos and here: On Vimeo a direct link: Tool Use Demonstration - Stephen Myhre Style Tools & Janel Jacobson's Tools
  14. The original file has been found. It is a .dv file, 3.27 GB. I do not know how to convert it to a broadly useable format. I also do not want to use up 1/3 of my monthly satellite data package to upload it. I will need to figure some things out before replacing the files to the original post. Back when it was posted, I do not recall why it was not simply attached. It may be that video documents cannot be attached. More to figure out. Janel
  15. Hi Matt, Well, it looks like the links are broken so the files are no longer accessible. I have been unable to contact the person who volunteered to translate and store the files externally. It looks like those files are lost. If I am able to look back in my external hard drives used as backup devices, I might be able to find the original file. That was ten years and a couple of computers ago. I don't know if it will translate and be able to be attached here. I'll see what I can do about it. The video was not a professionally done movie. I set up a camera and had it watch while I carved and tried to talk at the same time. Awkward to say the least, but it showed how I was using the choice of tools from so long ago. The concept of holding the tools and working with the grain were part of the useful visual information. I am sorry that it was lost. I posted a notice to any who go to view that topic, to let them know the links do not work now.
  16. Janel

    New Work

    Hi Ed, Does the binder of the finishing compound soak into the wood or bind to it before your choice of finish is applied? Does the abrasive get stuck in the wood grain with the binder? I've not used finishing compound on wood before, can you tell? Janel
  17. This is a 5-day course focused on the woodcarving styles and motifs of Viking Age Scandinavia, as taught by Seattle master carver, Jay Haavik, known more recently for his carving on the keel of the new Oseberg Viking ship replica. Location: Big Rock Forge, Washburn, WI Click here for details on Facebook.
  18. There are many degrees of fine sand paper, and micro mesh. I move through the grades upwards to a point that a high gloss is achieved where I want it glossy. I will not go so high if I want contrast between dull and shiny. If oil is added for protection, the dull/shiny will be less obvious. Sanding papers in my kit from 150 ,180, 220, 320, (rarely used), 400, 600, 1,000, 1,500, 2,000 and newly 2,400. Some of these higher grits were found at the auto body section of auto parts stores. MicroMesh from around 2,000, 3,200, 4,000, 6,000, 8,000, 10,000 and 12,000. Very high gloss with these stages with bone, tusk, very dense hardwoods. I also use my tools as a micro-plane, lightly shaving off the scratches and uneven surfaces until the desired effect is achieved. Sanding is not always necessary for reshaping the surface. It is used after micro-planing to enhance the smoothness and feel of the piece, and for places that are not easily reached by the sharp tool Natasha Popova described a mixture that she uses on the surface of her extraordinary sculptures, somewhere here on the forum. You might use paraffin for a key word search. It did bring up various hits. One may also use Renaissance Wax which will dry clear and non sticky. It will even out dull and shiny to some degree but will not smooth uneven surfaces. Janel
  19. Janel

    New Work

    I kind of shiver when seeing 200 grit sand paper. For my work I desire it to be scratch free. Using boxwood and other very hard, dense woods, 320 and even 400 will leave scratches. Maybe that makes the wood a little more like plastic, but the scratches would be prominent features instead of the shaped surfaces and details. I have not used a kind of finish that would fill and hide such marks, only a thin protective coat of hardening oil for the uncolored pieces. I won't say that your choice is wrong for the nature of the woods that you use. It would be lovely to not have to fuss further with the surface than the initial sanding stage. We are all different and have found our own unique ways to complete the projects being carved. Sharing our experiences here helps to inform others who seek to learn. Janel
  20. Happy New Year to all who read this message! I do hope that you will experience a rewarding and joyful 2017! --------------- Is anyone out there? Is this tree going to fall in the forest and have nobody notice? Believe it or not, I have taken a great deal of time recently to update the operating system of the forum, and will continue to work on the total upgrade in the months ahead. Days worth of time, so far. Why do I do it? I continue to hope that there are seekers who are, or wish to be, members of this forum who will participate with one another to learn and to grow as each of us pursues our carving goals and dreams. That is how the valuable archives from the past 16 years were compiled. People, carvers of all sorts interacted with one another here on the forum, and their accumulated knowledge became a resource for you all to use. This forum began in 2005 just about now in January. A lot has happened since then, especially with social media where any shared knowledge just drifts away as the new posts are made. Since 2005 a great deal of digital information has become available through the expanding internet resources. This forum format preserves the knowledge that we share with each other for the use of, and is available to, members and non members alike. Registered members are able to log in and start topics, ask questions, provide answers, show others how to do things with images, and can also present their completed pieces. Questions that I have been asking myself: - Is this forum still viable? - Is it worth my time maintaining it? - Is it worth my financial outlay to pay to keep it a useful resource? - Are there people still learning from the knowledge base, and, how would I know that? - Might it be possible to ask for some financial contributions from the membership? This last question is a biggy, well, they all are. The costs are constant. Help from the membership to support the operating expenses would be truly welcomed. ------------- I know ... I've referenced closing the forum, sort of like shaking the bee hive, to see if it matters that it exists or not. Many quietly have thoughtfully written of their appreciation for the resources found here from time to time. Those messages have been deeply moving and I have appreciated receiving them. This place has mattered to me for a very long while, and its presence has been helpful to seekers on their various quests to learn and grow with what they are doing. I need to know that it matters to enough people, a number high enough to re-enliven this platform for sharing knowledge by actually sharing what you all know, or what you need to know. Global friendships have formed here, the kind of fellowship that binds us together regardless of where we are on this planet. The knowledge that one person in an embattled country can carve beautiful things from wood that are useful in daily life, or someone else follows centuries old traditional methods and subjects, or someone who adopts tradition from another country . . . carving in the small scale, from wood or bone or metal or stone, with sharp tools, binds us all together. This has been such a place where fellowship has formed. Is this the future, to be such a place again? Or is it to be a memory of what it was, and pass into being a "has been", a recollection, a lost archive? Respectfully yours, Janel
  21. Janel

    Drying Bone

    Hi Peter, Thank you for your post. What did you do to prepare the bone from the butcher? Not adding heat while drying makes sense. I agree, the forum community appears to be almost non-existent. I remain hopeful for improvements. Janel
  22. Hello, Recently the forum's system upgrade occurred, but not to the final level. That step requires that I learn how to manage the new operating system. The upgrade should occur in the early part of 2017. For one reason or another there have been an increasing number of new registrants over the past couple of years who did not send the admin their letter of introduction. I am now contacting all of those who did register but who did not succeed in landing a message in the admin email box. The failure might have been software related, it might have been a choice or an oversight by the registrant. Regardless, I am hopeful that each person will be reached and have the opportunity to respond to my admin email message and then be able to participate as a member on the forum. The greater hope with my time being spent on upgrading the system for the forum, and for reaching out to a number of new registrants, is that somehow this forum will see a significant increase in membership participation. The forum used to have members befriending one-another and presenting constructive help from their vast pool of experience that the members combined have to offer. It takes a community to keep the community alive. I am laying out the tinder and kindling but it will take all of you to light the fire and keep it going. Warmest regards to you all, and best wishes to you during this holiday season. Janel
  23. I am sorting out what is needed to be done to upgrade the forum software. You may, or may not, notice changes. Patience please as I figure this out. Janel
  24. Hello Tom, It is good to see your work again. Is there a story connected to the two creatures biting? Are they biting themselves or one another? Janel
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