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ukjohn

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About ukjohn

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  • Birthday 07/11/1943

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    http://www.jawoodsculptor.co.uk

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    Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, UK
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    Carving!! Walking hiking, Drawing, Holidaying, Country and Western Music, Archaeology, Reading.
  1. ukjohn

    how do you de-grease bone?

    Although I have never degreased bone, I understand that it needs to be boiled for a long time and that it stinks the house out!!!
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    New favorite chasing hammers w/question

    Sorry Jim, I have never found a solution to that problem. Best of luck
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    New Studio layout

    I wish my space was as clear and clean as this. After 18years of no attention, I should perhaps get down to it, BUT there always seems so many more interesting things to do. I was looking for some wood for a commission and found quite a few pieces of wood full of beetle, so they went out. The first step????
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    Scraping and finishing question

    I have long sight and have to use x4 to see detailed work. I have the approach that if I cannot see any blemish, then it does not exist. I do not look too hard as I have not enough time to chase 100% perfection, there is always something else to do that is more exciting
  5. Hi Tom As I replied to you query about abrasives I use scalpels for fine work. I do not worried about the angles of tools. My gouges are sharpened for the wood being used. hard wood needs a bigger angle than soft woods like bass. Do this by eye and on a whether it works basis rather than a measurement.
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    Scraping and finishing question

    I have a life long aversion to using abrasive papers on any carving. I believe that a carving can loose it's detail and shape to easily when abrasive papers are used I prefer a tool finish. For small work I use scalpels. These are available in Uk from Swan Morton see http://www.swann-morton.com/product_range/1.php. They come sharper than I can resharpen and cheap enough to throw away. I have carved bone and and oak with them gently. If the surface needs a higher smoothness, I use them as a scraper. They have a tendency to break when used as a scraper as the blade is then where it joins the blade See my work on www.jawoodsculptor.co.uk
  7. Hi Matt I am 73 and am careful about my back, so I want work at the right height. I use a square garden fence post that goes into the vice on the bench. In uk and i am sure else where, there are metal post holders see http://www.diy.com/departments/blooma-galvanised-steel-post-plate-support-l45mm-w45mm/1628530_BQ.prd?FPG_LHN_FPS_TL I use this to the top of the fence post, and attaché the work to it directly through the holes provided if the work is big enough. If the work is smaller, I use a piece of scrap wood screwed into the base of the work and then bolt the scrap wood to the metal post holder. As the fence post is square, you can turn the post round in the vice easily, and approach the work from a different angle. See my work on www.jawoodsculptor.co.uk
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    New Bench Progress

    Hi I am lucky to have beams above my work space and have fixed several ordinary cup hooks in various positions so I can use the Dremel exactly where I need it. I have put a wire hoop onto the end of the Dremel as the beam is too high for me to reach the on / off switch easily
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    Found Wood

    Found Wood is both cheaper and more exciting than bought / machined wood. The design stage has an extra element in it as the shape of the carvable wood is set for you, but once you have got your head round this there is no difference to the carving process. For example, The Splits was carved out of a whole beech tree. The legs from roots, the trunk from the trunk and the arms and head from branches. If you wanted to carve this from sawn timber, you would worry about short grain. As a part of a talk I give, I hold the carving by a leg and bang it on the table. I am using the strength of the wood to my advantage
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    Hello From John Uk

    Roots have a lot of advantages. They can eliminate the problems of short grain. I like carving the human figure. If I carved out of square cut timber and wanted an arm sticking out from the body at right angles, I would have problems with short grain causing the arm to fall off. If there is a root where I need an arm on a body, I have a really strongly attached bit of wood that will never fall off. Of course I can only put an arm where there is a suitable root, but that all adds to the interest of the carving
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    Hello From John Uk

    I have chainsaw disk for an angle grinder but do not like it. There is so much metal spinning at such a speed that it tends to work like a gyroscope and wander off where it wants to go. I have put some short lengths of plastic pipe over the electric cable to the angle grinder as I had the experience of the disk cutting through the cable. Not an experience I would recommend!!!
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    Hello From John Uk

    Hi Everyone I came across the Carving Path website by accident whilst researching carving drapery I normally describe myself on commercial websites as :- "I am a sculptor / woodcarver taking inspiration from the form of the log rather than forcing my ideas on squared timber. I allow the wood to tell me what to carve as I search for the story hidden in the wood. I prefer the human figure but my work includes a wide range of subjects. I specialise in Corporate Art and Private commissions." This seems to formal for the carving path. I have been carving on and off for 60 years having started with a knife and a bit of wood at 8 years old. For most of the time I have felt that I was part-time rather than amateur. I went to university in 1995 as a rather mature student and did a course in Sculpture. I decided not to carve whilst on the course and do all the other things that were on offer. I spent 6 months as an exchange student in Richmond Virginia where I joined in with the James River Woodcarvers activities. A special Hello to anyone who remembers me from that time. After University, I felt able to hang up a sign and charge for my carving. The field where there was the least competition from carvers living on a dollar a day somewhere south and east of Cairo, is chain saw carving. I have made a steady income although not a living out of that for the last 13 years. Now I am approaching 70, I can foresee a time when the appeal of balancing on a pile of pallets with a chain saw may at sometime loose it's appeal. I am trying to develop the small carving side of my repertoire. This is taking off slowly. I work on commission rather than stuff for a gallery as the commissioners can come up with some requirement that gets me out of the rut that it is so easy to get into. I tend to use found wood rather than bought, because it is cheaper and allows me to carve more interesting shapes. Hope to really enjoy the forums
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