I'm a long time lurker on this forum and I have been picking up knowledge about techniques, tools and materials for a fews years now, I want to thank you one and all for your generosity and your willingness to share so openly, so Thank You.
Lately I've been thinking allot about gravers, reading and looking at the work on this forum has inspired me to try to learn how to begin using these essential tools in my own carving. I contacted Ian Thorne with the idea that if I get a few gravers made by a professional I could learn to use them and then try to make a few of my own. Ian informed me that he has not been well for quite a while, and suggested I contact Stephan Myhre. I've had Mr. Myher's book for a long time, so reread the section on making gravers, and thanks to Janel and the rest of you I think I can make them myself.
Truth be told I tried to make a set several years ago and they came out so bad that I just gave them to a friend who I thought might be able to fix them.
So here are some images of the first part of my learning to make, and hopefully use, gravers in my bone carving.
Material is Drill rod from the hardware store and some concrete anchor rod I got from my neighbor, It seemed to have a very high carbon content when I did a spark test.
Next I ground a shank onto each piece and annealed in a a small forge I have.
Next I ground a bevel on the face of two of them.
Then this morning I attempted to grind them to shape.
This is my first post and I'll post more as I go.