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  1. Andrew V

    COVID 19

    +1, get well, recover swiftly!
  2. Thanks for posting Ed, always enjoy seeing your work
  3. Hope you are all having a great Christmas and may you have a fabulous 2021!! Looking forward to seeing lots of super carvings ;D
  4. What kind of antler? Antler has a thin wall of carvable material surrounding a soft porous pith that can literally be soaked in water and dug out with a spoon. The hard outer carvable material is the most beautiful stuff to work with, you don't have to use power, rasps, files, scrapers and wood carving tools are very effective.
  5. very nice, good work that, I like it
  6. Hi Janel, The sheath is apple-wood. Thank you for the kumihimo reference, they look really interesting but the bead hole is only 2mm across, would a pair of kumihimo fit?
  7. The carving is done, the sheath is finished with Danish oil tinted with artists umber oil paint. I spent a while making the ojime from antler tip but the netsuke I carved a few years back and has sat in a box ever since. Anyine able to advise on an authentic string plait I should use?
  8. Umm, what is the level of technology available in your universe? So, a rasp and saw with various scrapers is all you would need, plus a drill; no it does not smell like death unless you are using power tools, and even then it doesn't get past unpleasant, Any bone can be worked but the shapes you describe would need a large leg-bone, cattle or large deer. Assembly lines are a good idea. White powder does not go everywhere, even with power tools.
  9. what will you be fixing the vice to? I am a cheap-skate. My bench is a re-cycled ledge and brace door, I fixed an inherited carpenters flush vice to it, I mounted a 4x4 post (chest-height) onto a corner of it that I can screw a variety of holders to - usually scraps cut to the right shape for holding whatever I am carving - I usually screw bits and bobs directly to my 'bench' to hold whatever I am carving, sometimes some well-placed nails and peg in the vice winding the work piece to push against the nails works really well - small in-the-round carvings do not always work well with a vice. And yes, this is not best practice, and yes it damages your bench but I use mine every day and after 20 years it is still going strong. Do whatever works for you, but I would go with a flush-fit vice, not an engineers vice (mine is in a bag under the bench - I dismounted it 10 years ago as it was in the way, never even missed it) The vital thing is the height of your bench - it must be the correct height - you establish this by standing elbows at side, hands held out at 90 degrees, palm down, the palms should brush the top of your bench. If you are more than 5'3" your bench will need to be higher than a standard work bench if you stand to work.
  10. Very loosely inspired by ainu makiri, I thought my favourite whittling knife deserved a decent sheath, its not finished yet by any means, I'm in for about 30 hours so far, about another 10 before I'm done.
  11. Maybe not but a lovely piece of work all the same
  12. Wow, that is stunning, thanks for posting it
  13. Andrew V

    New year

    Happy New Year everybody! Still alive, still wood-working, hoping to do some actual carving soon, starting to twitch from a lack of carving time!!
  14. hollow, well, filled with a useless pith you will need to remove, suggest you soften it with warm water
  15. Depends on which part of the antler I am working. The disk at the end where it joins the skull is good for netsuke but is very hard and responds well to scrapers, the stem of the antler, all the antler really has a useless soft core (pith) which you must remove - it is so soft that you can flood it with warm water and scrape it out with a spoon, This leaves the wall of the antler which is a dream to carve, and which you can carve with standard wood-carving tools as well as scrapers - I have a pin-board of carved antler and bone items, mostly bone items, and none of them by me, but it does show what is possible. https://www.pinterest.co.uk/avenuew/carved-antler-and-bone/ The stems cannot be heat-formed and so lend themselves to tubular forms - traditionally, needle cases, salt cellars, powder horns. If you use a palmate antler - moose or fallow deer for instance, the palms are great for relief carvings - I split the palm and make carved inlays which are only about 1.5 mm thick, many medieval 'ivory' carvings are in fact antler. The palms can be heat-formed, up to a point, are flexible, up to a point, but can snap without warning if you get clumsy with them or they dry out too much. Biggest down-side is it can be difficult to colour, it resists many stains and is translucent. This translucency can make for an interesting carving experience if your eyes are tired or your lighting is wrong. Biggest upside - it accepts the very finest of detail in a way even box-wood doesn't; it is astonishing how fine you can carve it
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