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Jim Kelso

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  1. A lot to cover here Francis, but you clearly have a good grasp of the basics to ask such good questions. Experience is the key to all. You will hear various truisms, some which will bear out and some which won’t. Also something that works one time may be hard to replicate. Small things that you didn’t notice may have an effect. It’s easy to understand why the Japanese had specialists who only did patina, or it was their primary focus in a studio. I struggled with a certain piece, finally getting it acceptable without knowing quite why. I took it to Japan and consulted with a professor at Toky
  2. I do use them in the flexible-shaft too but not when it’s risky😉
  3. Hello Francis. Welcome! Jim
  4. Looks like splendid progress Francis. Stones can be shaped to fit the job, and are best for maintaining flatness, or blending contours. After that, before the brush/abrasive grit polish, I am using rubberized abrasive wheels that are either whole or cut to shape(hand-held, not in rotary tool). Scrapers have their place for detail, but I find do not work well for leveling. An InstaGram post: https://www.instagram.com/p/B3FTYf4HWBL/
  5. Very nicely done Francis. Elegant and stylish. The katakiri is very lovely. Beautiful movement in a deceptively simple design.
  6. Just another thought. Almost every time I look there are 15-25 users at TCP. If you click the "(See full list)" link at the bottom of the menu page you can see the variety of topics being viewed in real time. The topic list of that number of viewers is often impressive in itself.
  7. The forums and Facebook stand as two very different resources. You're not going to find step by step detailed tutorials on a wide variety of carving techniques at Facebook. You're not going to find TCP fulfilling a need for social interaction. Time will tell the relative merits of each.
  8. Russ, David's comments are quite accurate. We started this forum when the format was new and exciting. Things have changed. Many of us are less enchanted with the online social interaction than formerly. I think the greatest value of TCP lay in the encyclopedic volume of information available here, accessible through the search function. A google search with "the carving path" tagged on often functions better than the native search function. Also a comment on critique, if I may. The greatest critic you have is yourself. If you want to improve, you will. Others may offer all kinds of cr
  9. Thanks very much Ken. There is more dialogue about it's evolution here: http://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?showtopic=30632
  10. I call this knife “Tender Remnants of Passage”. I chose to use feathers as symbols of passage, which in the case of birds, could be molting, conflict, flight or death. Feathers have such deep and subtle beauty. Jean and I have quite a collection and I always wonder, when finding a single feather, what the story was. The last knife work I did was 13 years ago. Much of my earlier knife and other work had cast elements, but since about 1990 I've been moving toward direct carving/sculpting, which generally takes a lot more time to produce work in a given area. As I was working on those skills
  11. Thanks very much Ezz. You should see what's under the stone....... ;-)
  12. I love the Michi (Japanese) chisels and gouges: http://www.japanwoodworker.com/category/12686/michi-carving-tools.aspx
  13. Really extraordinary Janel! Incorporating the gnarly natural bits is genius. Jim
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