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David Armstrong

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  • Birthday 06/06/1943

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    Beads,Shona Carvings, Zen, reading mostly non fiction, recovery from various addictions.
  1. David Armstrong

    Member Feedback To: Contemplating Closing The Forum

    Janel thank you for all you do. Hope we can save the site the information and help is priceless, thanks again Dave.
  2. David Armstrong

    5 Dragons

    Ed I went to you site a saw completed work. Very nice. Here is a quote from Wikipedia "In his notebooks, Leonardo da Vinci wrote of pareidolia as a device for painters, writing "if you look at any walls spotted with various stains or with a mixture of different kinds of stones, if you are about to invent some scene you will be able to see in it a resemblance to various different landscapes adorned with mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, plains, wide valleys, and various groups of hills. You will also be able to see divers combats and figures in quick movement, and strange expressions of faces, and outlandish costumes, and an infinite number of things which you can then reduce into separate and well conceived forms."
  3. David Armstrong

    5 Dragons

    Ed I like it when I find an object to carve in the raw material then bring it to life. Want to see more of this work. Dave
  4. David Armstrong

    New To Forum And Rock Carving

    Welcome You will find a lot of information here. I use a rotary flex shaft and diamond bits to carve pebbles. I like to carve the harder stones because they polish out well but they also tend to eat up my bits. I rough out my design with a 3/4 inch wheel carve the detail with smaller bits then do a final polish with a buffing pad. Good luck Dave
  5. David Armstrong

    Hello Everybody!

    welcome I also carve stone are you familiar with the work the Shona carvers https://www.google.com/search?q=shona+carvings&biw=828&bih=377&pws=1&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=rlbIVM_tGJLmoASAl4DQCg&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ&dpr=1.65 many remind me of Picasso
  6. David Armstrong

    Hello From Lower Alabama.

    Randy. I have been working stone mostly with the rotary tools but with all the input from TCP seem to be branching out into other areas. Its quite a journey. Your work shows a level of tool control that I am sill dreaming about.
  7. David Armstrong

    Hello From Lower Alabama.

    Welcome Randy There are other cavers who do canes and walking sticks and post here. I like your birds they show movement. What do you use to carve with? Dave
  8. David Armstrong

    Dragon Prow

    Very nice. Great look good job.
  9. David Armstrong

    Some More Progress

    The piece came out very good If you hadn't said anything I would not have noticed the break. The finish work is hard to do. I was completing a piece last week and lost a major portion of the nose due to a crack in the stone. I did a search for carving vices (and vises) lots of information out there I also see where some bone carvers use leather bags stuffed with rice or sand to hold their work.
  10. David Armstrong

    Some More Progress

    Mike what kind of vise are you using?
  11. David Armstrong

    Pareidolia Meditation Beads

    Thanks Mike http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pareidolia I am sort of like the sharp shooter who drew the target on the barn after firing the shots in a small group. My carvings still mostly look like rocks.
  12. David Armstrong

    Howdy Ya'll

    welcome Gregg, you are way ahead of me. It is great that you have the club for support. It is hard for me to evaluate the work with photos alone I need to feel the texture and see it in the round. I like your diver how was it done. Dave
  13. David Armstrong

    Some More Progress

    It is hard to show carvings with a photo, for me they need to be touched. Good progress, I hope to try bone someday, did the grain have anything to with your problem? Dave
  14. David Armstrong

    Antique Strop

    I found this great tool in a local Antique Shop today wanted to share with you.
  15. David Armstrong

    Pareidolia Meditation Beads

    Here is what I have been working on. Hope pictures come thru ok. Dave