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About Yuri

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    Musical instruments, carving, music-making, history,
  1. Actually, on any group on FB there is a window, just below the group photo, to the right, "search this group". It will list anything by keywords, starting with the latest, going all the way to the first. Of course, something like "bone" will throw up probably the entire history of a bone carving group, so searching needs to be more fine-tuned. But you are correct in saying that the whole layout is less helpful when you want to follow particular topics. Though, on at least one group the moderator is putting really important things into files, and saving them as such, so they can be accessed wit
  2. Ed and Janel, I think the reality is a bit different... My impression is that more and more people migrate to Facebook groups. And I am talking from my own experience, too. And not only in carving matters, but also completely unrelated other activities. I am a member of quite a few musical instrument forums, and the signs are exactly the same. Less and less involvement, while more and more activity by the same people on various FB groups. Unfortunately (at least, for traditionalists) that is how it works....
  3. That's definitely ivory of some sort.
  4. Cathy, I make my own from needle files. Using a diamond disc in a Dremel. This way you can make exactly what you need, and the cost is negligible.
  5. The guy demonstrating the process is rather verbose. However you don't really need to understand the language. Just watch the process of making the cutter from an old, worn-out bit. It works. I have made a few and used them.
  6. Finished. Complete with the palace she lives in...
  7. The first picture is from a couple of months ago. She' just getting awoken on the workbench. The other two are as she looks like now. Yet to make a control and string her . As usual with me, horse metatarsus. And rayon hair.
  8. If the question is simply what kind of bone/ivory exists in the sea, here is a list: Whale bone/teeth. Walrus tusk (and presumably bone, though I never heard of anyone carving it.) Narwhale tusk. Elephant seal teeth (these can be very substantial.) Other seal teeth. (these vary in size, of course, but some can be as big as bear teeth.) Since on the topic, whale means a lot of species, like pilot whales, for example. Most toothed whales (as opposed to baleen whales) have carvable size teeth. Then you have saltwater crocodile teeth, and oddities like the dugong, which has quite OK teeth, and als
  9. I have a couple of buffalo horns I am using, and I wouldn't call them thin-walled. In fact, for about the length of a rhino horn they are just about solid, with perhaps a small hollow at where the rhino horn would start... But maybe I am thinking of a small rhino, they come in different sizes, too.
  10. Well, since it looks like I might be making a few knife handles in similar style, it became a bit of a problem that to make the background sunk to a reasonably flat surface, I need to make a special tool. It's too much hassle otherwise, by hand. Woodworkers knew and some still do the appropriate tool, as in the title. What I made is a tiny miniature version. The only real difference, apart from the size is that the woodworking equivalents are cutting planes, this one is a scraping one. For a blade I simply use discarded rotary burr, sharpening it at the back to a flat chisel edge. The bolt is
  11. Oh, I know rust doesn't fade. It's the no binding agent presence that I am a tiny bit worried about. Since I couldn't remove the rust by any mechanical means short of re-carving, I just left it .
  12. Oh, and the stain. Well, I rubbed the handle, once completed, with steel wool. Didn't realise that the side I used was a bit rusty. Then tried to remove the stain, and try as I might, couldn't. So I left it on. (I actually like it, but wanted to remove so it doesn't just fade away shortly, leaving the buyer a bit dissatisfied.)
  13. The usual by now horse metatarsuses. With buffalo horn bits. I have an order for a few of these, and the maker gave me total freedom as to what I carve, as long as it's more-or-less European traditional design. The dog one is based on a German walnut gunstock, 17th c., and the other one on a Russian powder-horn (actually, morse ivory), 18th c.
  14. The attached photos are a partially completed Lewis Island chess set. I didn't try to be particularly exact in reproducing, just more-or-less. The size is about half of the original (which itself varies very considerably.) The material is deer antler crowns. Where I live there are about 5 million or so deer farmed. The antlers are cut off at the crown when in velvet, (sold to China and Korea) and when the time comes to shed... the antlers, these "buttons" are shed. By that time they have become solid right through, though not totally uniformly. You can see some rougher area on the second king.
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