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  1. Start here, and then use more keywords to use with the SEARCH and advanced search function. This particular topic covers different techniques for coloring metal and wood. Testing on bone might yield interesting results. I imagine that all water based stains and soap sensitive (washed out by soap) colorations might all be fugitive when washed with the dishes. A lacquer might have more staying power, but I have never used that material. Janel
  2. Hi Stefan, something happened to the image. The link language is there but the image is not. Are there problems that I can help with?
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  4. That is marvelous! What a concept!
  5. Happy New Year Phil ! Your work is inspiring to see again. The care in the detail carving, the design balance and the gold embellishments create a wonderful composition to be enjoyed with eyes and hands both. (Wishful thinking for the touch factor, that is.) Janel
  6. Thank you for showing us your charming new works! Have a very happy new year! Janel
  7. Stunning! I cannot imagine how you accomplished the hanging scale with the tiny chains and suspended baskets, and other extremely fine details like that! I appreciate seeing the side views. Thank you for posting these images, and have a very good new year! Janel
  8. It was, and is still, very strongly recommend that the image pixel and file size to aim to fit WITHIN THESE GUIDELINES!!! - 72 dpi - JPEG works great - around 640 x 480 pixel dimension - and around 50 to 100 K file size Help the forum members who have slow, land line, computer modems, by posting the above recommended file sizes for your images, and also help the forum by taking less storage space in the forum's file storage area. Thank you! Janel http://webresizer.com/ is a helpful tool for re-sizing your photos.
  9. Hi Scott, Thank you for posting and for describing the work that you admire, and for illuminating the frustrations you have encountered. Tools can be freeing and limiting, as can the choice of wood or other materials for carving. Clean lines and fine details are not easy or possible to achieve when using an uneven or open grained wood. Power tools have their place in this modern world, but not for detail and straight lines on small pieces. My aversion to them for those things might change if I spent a long time trying to understand what might be possible. There is very little room for error, and error happens very quickly with power. I prefer hand tools for many reasons. Keeping tools well sharp is important. Learning to choose the right tool for the intended purpose, and working with the grain is a balancing act for sure. [The recently completed piece on my bench was a constant reminder of that. For half of the carving I felt like I was trying to carve while standing on my head (different story for another time).] So far your work you have has not included such hard to reach places as mentioned above. For you, trying to carve parallel and curving lines and hoping for perfection has been the challenge if I infer that from your posts. I would choose a wood with an even, closed grain and then test scraps to see how it responds to the tools that you use. After shaping the piece being carved to your satisfaction I would then draw the lines on the wood and make the initial line cuts carefully with an appropriately sized and angled, and very well sharpened V tool. I would be watchful to sense the grain and cut only with the grain, turning the piece when the tool reaches the change in grain point. Setting out with clean straight lines makes a great difference to the outcome. Rounding the edges of the raised area between the groves would be done carefully as well, by using a scraper of one sort or another, very sharp and done with the grain. Scraping, not cutting, producing fine shavings. Patience is necessary. Fine sanding may be all that is needed to complete the work, although with the sharpest scrapers, 400 or 600 grit would be reasonable choices for the slight need for evening the surface a bit more. The scraper technique can be quite a successful surface finisher, using a very sharp and fine edge with very light strokes with the grain. If I could look over your shoulder while you are carving, or vice-versa, there could be lots of unspoken knowledge exchanged. Janel
  10. Dockyard. I am having difficulty locating a manufacturer web site. It may be that they are no longer made and are available as inventory in various carving tool web site "stores". They have been handy when I have needed them, they augment the broad selection of self-made tools that I rely upon.
  11. Hmmm. Thank you. I'll have to dig a little, the settings have not been changed and guests (non registered or logged in folks should be able to see the images).
  12. Hi David, I am surprised that you could not see images on posts prior to registering. Any non-member guest should be able to view the entire post with attached images, unless members have deleted their images for some reason. Has the situation changed, are you able to see images before logging in and/or afterwards? Janel
  13. With a little digging with the SEARCH function found at the upper right corner of the forum window, perhaps using "bone" as the search term, you will be able to read many topics about the use of bone. That said, oil soaks in and changes the color, wax sits on the surface. Staining is another consideration to look into. Please do a little homework and be delighted with the nearly eleven years of forum contributions that has created a wealth of expertise from many people generously shared for us all to refer to. Best wishes, Janel
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  15. Hi Gary, Commercially available small tools are not easy to find. Dockyard makes a limited variety of standard style versions of larger wood carving tools. Many of us who carve and sculpt create our own or re-purpose other kinds of things to become useful tools. There have been many, different discussions in the Tools forum area here on TCP that will enlighten you when you read knowledgeable contributions made by several excellent carvers. I would use the page choice at the upper left of the Tools & Materials index page and go to the earliest page and skim through the topics about tools and work towards the more recent pages. You will find "how-to" and "what to use" topics regarding making tools for small carving, from scratch or from re-purposing other metal items or tools. Happy reading! TCP is a great information resource after more than ten years of contributions from its members. Janel
  16. Janel

    Boxwood Stump

    I just received the following message regarding a source of boxwood. I have no idea of the quality of it, but am posting this information here: Hello! I am not a wood carver but I did just dig up a fairly old (likely 40-50 year) boxwood tree in my back yard. From what I have read, someone who carves might like to have the 'stump' which is sort of rectangular (12"x6") and has several short branches sticking out if it (and one longer one). I also have several 4' branches which are 1" to 2" in diameter. I live in the West Island of Montreal in case anyone is interested. Would not charge - except perhaps for a donation to the local church plant sale! Cheers, Helen If anyone is interested please contact Helen privately by >clicking here<
  17. Welcome Jason, Is the pine a dense and hard wood, or relatively soft? Janel
  18. Hi Billy, It is so very good, and soothing, to see your work again. Janel
  19. English as a second language for you both has created a little bit of confusion with this question and answer here, which I am able to relate to with a smile. I think that the question should now be: Alain, did you make the menuki? My husband asks me questions that give alternative ideas, so any simple answer from me is not possible except to say both "no" and "yes" in the order of the alternatives given in the question, or to give a full sentence answer instead of the simple answer sought. I think that this is such a case here with Niky's question. Life and Language are always interesting! Happy Spring to you both! Janel
  20. Jeremey You might try joining web forums that are more attuned to whittling, hobby and cane carving. You may find them more responsive to your questions. Always keep your carving tools sharp. If you don't, you will find that the edge will not bite easily and will "skid", and will need more force to cut into the wood. I use extremely hard wood, so I am constantly touching up the edge with small diamond cards, (a set of three coarse, fine and extra fine) with a piece of cereal box cardboard with honing compound rubbed onto it to give the tool a quick strop. My tools are tiny so this method works for me. When the tools need reshaping, I use water/whet stones of various grades. Always keep your tools sharp and as I remind people, always cut away from your flesh. Think ahead. Janel
  21. Hello Jeremy, I am sorry that you are experiencing some difficulties with posting here. Question to others who post, are any of you experiencing this problem? Maybe your browser needs to be updated? I know that this forum is operating on an older version of software, but when I had some problems on one browser and tried another one, the problem existed only on one of the browsers and worked well on the other. That was a couple of years ago, at least. Since then I keep my browser software updated. My problems may also relate to our satellite internet speed and connection. It varies dramatically any time of day and with less than perfect weather. What kind of device are you using when having this problem? Is its software up to date? Is it old or new? Have you restarted your browser (quit and open up again) or restarted your computer? Do you have too many things open that has filled up the RAM? I am not a genius with computers, but have had to ask myself these questions when something begins to balk or not perform well. I see that you did manage to post again elsewhere. I hope that the problem clears up for you. Janel
  22. This is a reminder to you to follow the image resizing guidelines, found at the top of each forum topic area: http://www.thecarvingpath.net/forum/index.php?/topic/1442-photo-image-size/page__view__findpost__p__12836 webresizer.com works great Janel
  23. Hello Artur, Thank you for posting images and questions. I am not sure that the yashadama is used for a dark brown coloration. Perhaps if the infusion is extremely concentrated the color may have a chance at being deeper on the wood. You might try boiling the liquid to evaporate more water. You might also use brief immersion times followed by drying periods that might open the pores again to accept more stain. Soaking any piece of wood for eight hours scares me. Did you make a test piece from the boxwood, one that is not time consuming to create but has been cut into and smoothed as you would do to the complex pieces? It is wise to create test pieces to learn from so as to not harm the pieces that have taken so long to create. In years past I boiled the shells of pecans, or black walnuts, to make different dyes or stains. Prior to stain/dye immersion and during the final sanding/smoothing stages I would immerse the boxwood in hot water very briefly to raise the grain as it will do when using a water-based stain/dye. Any unintentional compressions will be raised and can be dealt with as well as the raised grain areas. Unlike Masatoshi, I would boil the shell stain and immerse the finished piece in it for a minute or two, the time being determined by the test piece's results in the same dye done earlier. Not all boxwoods accept dark stain in a complimentary fashion. The end grain accepts more color and the side of the grain deflects the stain, so with some pieces the light and dark of the stain works against the sculptural qualities of the object being colored. It is my guess that with the yasha stain and boxwood, the stain serves to even out or to accentuate more gently the color and quality of the wood. Testing on wood from the same source as the netsuke is always a very good idea to do with what ever you are working with and hoping to use for coloration or as a finish. Janel
  24. Well Done Alain!!! I think that you have figured out the mystery for the person who has the chert artifact! Many thanks to you! Janel
  25. Hi Wendy, Here is an older topic covering boxwood suppliers: http://www.thecarvingpath.net/forum/index.php?/topic/857-boxwood-any-suppliers-in-the-usa/ Maybe you looked at already? Gilmer: https://www.gilmerwood.com/search_results.php?keywords=boxwood Shows also Castello boxwood. Look at this person's work done in this wood: sharonchurchjewelry.net Castello boxwood is not such a bad wood for carving if buxus is not found. Janel
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