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  1. i have not had much inspiration lately but i do want to carve. so i had thought to do some simple carving to practice and build up my technique and skills with my carving knives. i started looking for some patterns that i can cut out on my band saw and then start carving but i didnt have much luck with my google search. i am trying to find carvings that have both a front and side view of the project so i can rough it out on my band saw. if anyone can recomend a web site that i can get some free patterns that is not santa clause i would apreciate it. i am mostly inturested in charicture carving right now but any good patterns i will squirl away.
  2. so i was asked to make a cross i had thought to make it out of obsidian but when i tried to cut it on my saw it just chipped all along the edges of the cut. can someone give me some tips on working with it? i had planed on making the cross and then framing it in wood to contrast the black stone and red paduke wood.
  3. i need to rig together a water drip feed for my new lapidary grinder. does anyone have any tips on what i can use? i want to make it myself and save money. can anyone show me their system or tell me how they made their tanks.
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    Where Sell Your Work

    updating this with some new info you can pay a higher fee each month and get your stuff posted more towards the front of the list.
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    Where Sell Your Work

    my take on etsy is you have to realy work it. there is a list of items both by how recent and relevant to a search and frequency of views. so say I turn a bunch of wood bowls and post them on Sunday. by Monday all my items wont show up at the top of the page in fact they will be on the 3ed page. so to keep your store at page one you have to post often. plus you need to self promote yourself both on etsy forums and the web. as well as view your page often to trick the program into believing your store Is getting lots of views.
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    Greetings From Winnipeg, Mb Canada

    well if you have any questions ill help you out been turning for 5 years sill a novice but i turn often almost everyday so i have learned a bit in my time.
  7. this box is made from white oak and Ipehttps://featheredwoo...adow-light-box/
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    Greetings From Winnipeg, Mb Canada

    i Wendy i am also primarily a wood turner how long have you been making chips? https://featheredwoodworking.wordpress.com/
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    Cutting Obsidian Chipping Problem

    thanks guys those are good tips i only have one type of blade i dont do much stone work to buy several blades but ill try backing the stone and i had though since its a type of glass to score the surface so that it will break along the score rather then into the keeper section.
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    New To Carving Path And Want To Say Hello!

    nice work might i suggest that you build yourself a light box it will make a world of difference in your photographs clearer images less glare and then you will have a record of your work.
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    Dark Mother Of Pearl Id Needed?

    couldn't tell you but its really beautiful
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    List Of Inlay Materials

    cool i never much cared for glitter in my inlay i prefer to use stones and shell type material plus i honestly think glitter is created from a evil organization. no matter how little of the stuff you use it never goes away:) glitter shows up where you expect it the least and no matter how long ago you use it it still sticks around. also the chemicals used for some glitter change color when combines with epoxy or CA glue. i tried using some blue glitter and it turned pink when combined with the Ca glue. i just don't have the experience with glitter to know how it will react. if i want a glitter reflective appearance i use some car paint additives mixed with my stone that will create the glittery appearance that i want.
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    List Of Inlay Materials

    thought i would share what i have figured out for materials that can be used for chip inlay. if you have any suggestions of other possible materials please speak up and ill add it to the list. https://featheredwoodworking.wordpress.com/2014/12/21/inlay-materials/
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    Nordic Styled Phallic Knife

    cool its just a odd knife to have
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    Feather Swap

    For those of you interested i am hosting a art swap through my website. The goal is to encourage others to try a new art form so please submit your best work as well as the technique or medium you are most passioned about.. This is not strictly limited to wood working any form of art is accepted. if you are interested here is a link to the page as well as the details of the event. https://featheredwoodworking.wordpress.com/events-4/art-swap-under-construction-3/ feather swap is designed to make the world a more enriched world by giving artist of different backgrounds a opportunity to exchange their passions in the hope of encouraging growth and excitement. Many artists lose their passion for their chosen craft and hopefully this art exchange will allow artist to recharge their passion and encourage personal development. This program will provide artist a chance to swap their work for the work of another in any medium. If the work is inspiring, it will hopefully encourage the recipient to expand their own interest to try the medium or technique that they received. This means the submitted work should represent your best work so that you can represent your craft and skill in the best light. Rules: The cost of the materials for the piece should be in the 10 United States dollar range. (any size or cost of work is allowed but sender is responsible for freight) Sign up date will start on the first of February Submission should be posted by the last day of March with a description, name of the artist, and photograph then I will randomly match artist so that each pair of artist can swap their work. Each participant needs to provide a email or alternative contact to be informed of any problems and updates as well as to be exchanged with another participant for the exchange of the created project. if a website is available it should be submitted so that their other work can receive credit Each submission need a short paragraph telling the receiver some needed information about the submitted piece example: stating medium, tools needed, focus, challenges, tips, interest, cultural significant ect…. keeping in mind the goal is to encourage people to try this art form. at the end of the event I will put together a poll that will allow others to vote on which entry is the favorite. Which ever entry wins will receive a prize. The prize will follow the spirit of the event and will be about learning a art.
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    Nordic Styled Phallic Knife

    great why a knife shaped like that? is a traditional thing or a joke between friends? i mean that is a strange thing to pull out to clean a fish or cut a rope.
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    Hello From Alaska :)

    Frustrate him...........Exactly
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    Hello From Alaska :)

    those are cool have been wanting to make something similar too this myself just haven't gotten around too it. even thought about having one of my students do this, he is super heavy handed with the machines and the projects so i thought to have him make something this delicate would teach him to trust the tools and to have a light touch.
  19. so i have been feeling the stress of keeping everything bottled up and pushing to get holiday stuff. so i decided to take a 2 min and do something for my self. i figure heck i am the king of my castle even if i dont have a throne to sit on. i thought ill pick up a block of wood and answer the call of my nature and make something for myself. the first one i started I droped into a pool of water and it broke so i ended up having to use a deuce block of woodand make another. so here is my Christmas ornament
  20. Haven't posted in a while so I thought I would share a few projects that I have finished. http://www.menards.com/main/p-2403719-c-6328.htm https://featheredwoodworking.wordpress.com/2014/11/27/curly-maple-inlaid-turtle-box/ https://featheredwoodworking.wordpress.com/2014/12/03/city-box/ https://featheredwoodworking.wordpress.com/2014/11/29/obsidian-flowers/ https://featheredwoodworking.wordpress.com/2014/11/29/wallnut-and-maple-urn-with-turquoise-inlay/ https://featheredwoodworking.wordpress.com/2014/11/27/lapis-lazuli-rose-rolling-pin/
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    Merry Christmas And Happy New Year

    merry christmas to you guys as well this is my little gift for myself that i made http://www.thecarvin...h-this-project/
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    Bowling Ball Bowl

    ezz glad to hear it if you want some advise let me know. ill walk you through buying tools and even making your own. and if you want to get into inlay just let me know and ill give you some advise on that as well.
  23. couple years ago some of us on another forum did a turning swap where we each made something and exchanged it by drawn name. i realy enjoyed giving away something i made and i was wondering if any wanted to do a art swamp again. i have a bowl made by by Joseph Johnson. and i love the fact i have a product made from a fellow artist. i have it siting in my office with all my odds and end in it. so i was wondering if we wanted to do this again sometime after Christmas. maybe make some rules like cant cost over 10$ and it has to represent who you are as a artist/craftsmen. is anyone interested in doing this? if enough people are interested in doing this after christmas then ill reach out to some of the other wood workers and artist out there( more then just me )
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    Paua Shell Purchase

    Some of you might know about my love of inlay. I want to get some shell chips for inlaying into my wood turnings things like mother of pearl and paua. My craft calls for tiny pieces and I need help in finding what I need for a resonable price. Instead of cuting pieces to fit a gap I use tiny pieces and mix with superglue or epoxy. I then fill the depression with the mixture and eventually Sand it smooth. Is there a market for tiny paua shell chips? What is that called? is there grades like with gems? Someone with experience shell please help me.