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  • Birthday 03/21/1968

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  1. Andrew V

    how do you de-grease bone?

    Hi Janel, I didn't actually know what the active ingredient in sugar soap was, but it seems its washing soda, a sodium carbonate form of carbonic acid. It has been pretty effective as a second-stage degreaser but the bone will still need something stronger as a final step.
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    how do you de-grease bone?

    Will do. So far I have removed all the organic material and done a surface clean by soaking in sugar soap solution then band sawed the bone into 3 plates, they are back in sugar soap until I can cut them to size and thickness when I will probably soak in acetone, though I could use lighter fluid, it depends which is easier to get hold of locally.
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    how do you de-grease bone?

    Thanks Janel, I did as you suggested and put 'the carving path prepare bone' into a search engine and came up with several very useful threads
  4. Hi Everyone. I'm prepping a marrow bone for inlay work. I have stripped it of meat but its quite heavily contaminated by grease. Any tips on how to de-grease the bone? Currently its soaking in a strong sugar-soap solution. Thanks, Andrew
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    Cicada on leaf

    Stunning work that; really lovely. Did you heat the wax after you applied it?
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    a bit of fun

    Over Christmas I managed to grab a few hours here and there and whittled this little group from a holly branch, just as a bit of fun. The owls took maybe 3/4 hour each, but the mouse took a lot longer - like 6 hours longer, but in my defense I'd never carved a mouse before. The mouse is smaller than a £1 coin, at about 1cm across.
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    First/Early Pieces?

    I love this thread! I've carved on and off since I was 11 like in 1980 or something, but most of my output has been love spoons. One of my earliest carvings that might qualify as a netsuke would be the owl and the moon I did in 2013. Fallow deer antler with ebony inlay. I think it's about 3cm across.
  8. fascinating, I do enjoy watching automata, thank you for sharing
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    dragon spoon

    Yes, I called it 'keeper of the pearl', I was thinking pearls of wisdom was a good theme for a teacher
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    Jumping salmon

    Ooh that's a nice one, the animation in the body and face I really hard to achieve. Excellent!
  11. Andrew V

    Mermaid - bone

    People/figure carving is the hardest of all the carving disciplines. Working at that scale magnifies the level of difficulty. Like Jim said there is good work in this piece but my recommendation would be to get a cube of really hard timber, like hornbeam, or hawthorn, and spend some time carving faces into the edges of the block. You can work up a dozen practice faces in even a small cube . If you check out my blog posts on figurehead carving there might be some tips you can use, you need to go to December 2015 https://stuckinthemudsite.wordpress.com/page/5/ although there is a part 2 and 3 later on.
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    Love knot?

    Sometimes its hard to know what to say, looks pretty cool though.
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    dragon spoon

    I was very pleased with this one, it is a gift for my daughter's teacher who is also head of art. The head from eye to snout is less than 15mm long and has a free moving ball carved inside it. The length of the spoon is about 13"
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    They Way We Are, Go And Have Been?

    I found a paperback book on woodcarving when I was about 11; may have been a boy scout manual, things like totem poles and cross bows, heavy on pictures, light on text. Thought it looked like fun, never stopped, the book was lost in a house move shortly after I got it, wish I still had a copy.
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    Hi everyone, here's one I just finished. Sorry the photo's awful but I finished late and had to grab a snap outside the post-office. Symbols are ship's wheel, water-lily, foliage, heart/lock/horseshoe, twist-stem, on the back the tendrils form a never-ending knot. Wood is a recycled mahogany or sapele