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Sebastián Urresti

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About Sebastián Urresti

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  • Birthday 11/29/1975

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    Rosario, Santa Fe - Argentina
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  1. Hello there U.K. Kiwi, Here is a list of articles were you will find a lot of ideas. Kumihimo 1.0 Kumihimo 1.1 Kumihimo Finishing Marudai (This is the name of one the traditional Japanese "jigs" used for braiding) Make Your Own Kumihimo Loom And Weighted Tama Hope this helps. Best, Sebas
  2. Hey Ken, I will check the "fire wood grade" to see what is it I do agree that depending on the wood grain 200 grit will do and yup, you are 100% right! Wood needs to look like wood not plastic! Cheers, Sebas
  3. Hey Peter, Cool! I got myself some bones today too and I did exactly the same process that you described. I am amazed. I saw a post with a picture so I will take a look there to see what you have done. Cheers, Sebas
  4. Hi Peter, A bone carver wannabe from Argentina here adding a few comments. First, Remove all the blood, tissues and fat from the bones ( in my personal experience I rather use fresh bones, otherwise the blood when dries will leave a dark stain and if some fat is left it will, eventually, be absorbed and spread inside the bone making a "transparent" look alike stain) As you and Janel very well said, do not apply heat to dry it (or it may crack!!!) (((I am not sure how the bone structure is changed but I can confirm that after years of barbecuing experience after heat the bones become brittle...))). As regards as carving it "fresh" I can assure you that cow bone will not "crack" after being carved, shaped and polished. What I usually do is to leave the bones dry in a cool place for a couple of days and then start carving, I don´t particularly let the bones "age" to be completely dried and I never had a problem with all the carving that I did so far over the past years. Hope this helps and that my comments are clear. Hugs, Sebas
  5. Hi Ken, Lovely work. Nice curves and shapes. How did you polish them? And another question, when you say pallets you mean like the kind of pallets used in Super Markets and Ships? (According to Wikipedia, "flat transport structure") If so, I love the woods used. I don´t think that we ever get that wood quality on our pallets down here in Argentina... lol Keep the pics coming! Hugs, Sebas
  6. Hi Steven! Welcome to the Carving Path. Hope to see images of your work any time soon. Hugs, Sebas
  7. Dear Ed, Long time, no post! Yes, I am one of those. (lol ) Been swapping from one job to another, too many things going on with my Family and, of course, with my life but so far everything is, gratefully, coming out fine. All the previous comment was to say that, unfortunately, I haven´t been carving much... As of not I am making a new workshop that, hopefully, will be finished in a couple of weeks but I will try to post, at least, one of my latest works inspired by you (yes, all of you, all) but, specially, the NZ and Polynesian great, great bone carving artists. As regards as sites, I had two but they are gone now (snif snif ) but it was too expensive to keep them going... As I have the chance to reply to this post I have one line to add: @Janel: Dear Master, I owe you so much, you are part of my deepest tuition and being inspired by your art/discipline will be all-ways greatly appreciated by this Forum. Hugs, Sebas
  8. Dear Dan, Long time, no post! I`ve been away from posting but I always come around the carving path to see how things are evolving and what other carvers are doing. I just saw your post and I clicked on your link and I was able to see that this products are sold by www.pauamana.com. You can make the purchase or you can contact Malcom (that´s the name of the owner) as he is a GREAT lad. I made a purchase years ago and I still have plenty of paua to work with. As mentioned by Billy, you can purchase the shells and cut them. Malcom has different grades of shells measured by its thickness. Contact him, send him an email and he will guide you through. By the way, I live in Argentina (a looooong way from NZ) and got a box with everything that I order in a timely manner. Go for it! (I hope this help) Best, Sebas
  9. Dear Janel! Sorry for the loooong delay but I was making an EP (small record) with my percussion group and making some shows, so YES! I am still a percussionist! Well, now that I will have some more time, I will finally get the pictures and post them on the forum. As regards as the bone section, I think that it may be a good option to have one! See you soon, hopefully... Hugs, Sebas
  10. Dear Rangi, I am a huge fan of your work and I never thought that I could post a comment and say hello to you. I am extremely happy to see you here. Everyone, please, let´s welcome Rangi Kipa to our forum. A Big Hug from an argentinian Pākehā !!! Sebas
  11. Hey, Janel! Thank you for your words! U R THE BEST!!!!!! To be honest, I am always coming to the forum to see what is going on but as I am not carving lately I don´t have much to share... What is really interesting is that I have seen a lot of bone carvers lately!!! Should we start a separate Guild or something here?! LOL! I will try to gather some pictures of my latest works, put a filter on them, and make an entry on the New Work or Show & Tell section... Hugs to all of our members!!! Sebas
  12. Hola Christophe! Thank you for your comment and I am very glad to hear that you will consider to build a mini-studio to take better pictures of your carvings! Totally agree, it gives more credit BUT it makes the errors more evident! If you take a look at the Matau picture you will be able to see that the curve is not that smooth! To be honest I did this with the intention of building a better one in the future but I was not able to manage my time to do so... ...and I am on THAT future now! Please, go ahead and build one and make sure to take notes of the results of each picture as to have a "witness" of what was done and how the settings were on each one of them. I used a very simple and old Digital Camera but I tested it in order to adjust the white balance, light source as well as its position and took notes on every single change made to compare the results. I used a very simple and cheap tripod to make sure that the camera was steady and to ensure the eqaul distance on every shot. I hope that this information helps you and the rest of the superb carvers here to build one of this mini-studios! As soon as you have an example, please, post it so we can take a look! PS: I think that I am using a lot of emoticons lately... Cheers! Sebas
  13. Dear Janel, Long time no see! Well, I am working hard and carving little... But I still carve! I am not an expert, I know that Benzart will not let me lie here, but it is hard to think that this gentleman could not find anything related to this carving and the deity itself... It is Ku, the Hawai`ian God of War. A huge hug to the whole forum! Specialy the Bone carvers! (Just kidding...) Let`s keep on carving, lads! Sebas
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