Everything posted by Steve T
So I've been carving again, and this is my newest. I have a new favorite tool, On my last dentist visit I asked if I could have some of the old dental bits. The Dentist was only too please to empty out her drawer and I now have a stack of varied bits. So I purchased the Fordem H8.D handset with a collet that works for the dental bits. It's amazing the fine edges you can get with the dental bits. Anyway this carving is one of my signature Maori/Celtic mashups. Completed in Bovine bone and about 50mm (2") long. I'm working on a cord for it now but it will be 4 strand hand plaited 4ply waxed linen thread. Ive ben having a nice run and sold 3 carvings in the last week.
Just an FYI ... the dremel 99** series of cutters are a menace. They cut bone amazingly well but due to their cutter design in a spiral they have a nasty tendency when used in a confined space in your carving (like a piecing area) to grab hold of the bone and drill into it so fast it explodes the carving, the worst is the wedge shaped 9910 ... I recently decided to try these cutters and destroyed 2 carvings, I'll use them for roughing out on external surfaces but swapping back to the 117 cutter and similar 'straight blade cutters' on any internal points where there is any risk at all of touching 2 opposite surfaces at once. Also on the 'burning' issue, I've been carving bone at the top speed of both my Dremel and Foredom and never had an issue unless the cutter is getting blunt. Most bone seems to resist burning much more than wood does, it smells a bit nasty sometimes but you have to be very rough with a blunt cutter to get it to discolour at all. I tend to use the heavier cutters at a highish speed during roughing out work as they don't skip as much and get a smoother cut, I slow down for the fine detail and finishing work (that's machine finishing, I add final detail and all the clean work with hand made gravers cut from 1/8 and 1/16 drill bit shafts set in wooden handles.
It's been a while but I've been busy trying to get a farm into shape! .. now working on some new designs and come up with this and really liking the flow. Based on traditional Maori motifs of Koru and Hei Matau with added textured relief to funk it up a bit. This is the first time I've tried this texturing and it's looking kind of ok, but not sure if it's random enough, anyone tried this and knows a method that works ? This is made of recently acquired bovine bone, only a few weeks old and the prep seems to have worked well, also discovered that some of the cattle here in Texas must be enormous as a couple of the femurs I obtained are bigger by far than anything I saw back in New Zealand. Interested in critiques of course - edited as I realised the photo I attached was far too big .. oops