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Joe Aimetti

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  • Birthday 01/12/1954

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    Woodworking, carving, ( both hand and power) building wooden ships and planes, Radio control cars, planes and helicopters; fly tying, lure making, fishing rod building, fishing (all kinds), kite making and flying, archery, primitive tool making and skills, stone knapping, modern tool, knife and sword making, target shooting, gun smiting, reloading, miniature machining with lathe and milling unit, gardening, horticulture, motorcycling, star gazing, microscope exploration, leatherwork, clay crafts, boating and sailing, martial arts, card modeling, origami, sightseeing...<br />and more. Finding time to do all this is a chore.<br />
  1. If you are avoiding using a synthetic glue when laminating horn, try hide glue. All natural. The Mongols made their laminated horn bows using a glue made from the swim bladders of fish. Supposed be tough as heck. probably stinks like a fish too. LOL Here is a link to a paper on natural glue www.wpatrickedwarrd.com/gluearticle.html
  2. Obsidian is basically glass, so any technique used for cutting glass should work on it. It is also Knapped to make arrowheads and small sharp pieces of it are used in the medical field; primarily plastic surgery because like glass, the chipped edge is sharper than the finest metal blade produced ( down to the molecular level ). It can cut between the cell walls so scars are minimal.
  3. I have used the Dremel tool for many years and eye protection is a priority. A form of dust collection / protection is also very important. That being said, check out shops or internet sites for carbide shapeing burrs, structured tooth type are agressive and good for fast shapeing. Stone or diamond grits are good for finishing smooth. While you can produce some very good looking pieces with rotary tools alone, it is still good to learn to use hand tools for situations where power tools would not give the proper finishing look. I have found that faster is better when it comes to carveing with rotary tools, just be aware that you can create some friction and burn your piece if you are not careful. I use a couple of air turbine rotary tools that go a 300,00 RPM and use special high speed bits. Talk about making a mistake in a hurry! As was said before, a small mistake in positioning can ruin a piece in a fraction of a second. A light touch is necessary, use the speed of the tool rather than increased pressure on the piece to remove maiterial. That also helps keep the mistakes to a minimum. Have fun and good luck.
  4. I have used cement nails, broken files and drill bits. For small work, pieces of shaped "box cutter blades, music wire and ground sewing needles. I have even "reformed" kitchen knives. Pieces of dowels or shaped wood works well for handle's. I have some with metal handle's also. Just about anything is useful. Good luck on your search.
  5. Yea thats the site I saw but it does not talk about the possiable danger of the dust of the wood; its Toxixity. That is what I am most concerned about. I guess in the meanwhile Ill take universal precautions.
  6. On a whim I picked up a couple of pieces at my local Wood craft store. The wood is commonly used to make musical instruments, i believe marimbas. Has anyone ever carved with it? Seems like a nice, dense, hard wood which the store guy says is good for turning. I cannot seem to find much as far as toxicicy or properties. Thanks
  7. Hello there. This link show's a photo of the adaptor kit for the mini mag light: http://www.all-maglite-4-less.com/detail_mag_ledmod.html I bought mine at Wal-Mart for much less, about $4. I also bought a generic, output adjustable transformer for around $12. It criteria was a 3VDC output since the mag light uses 2 AA batteries that put out the same voltage. All I did was match up the 2 pins behind the mag light LED package with the 2 holed socket in the power output cord of the transformer and for now, scotch taped it together. If you are looking for a commercially made unit I have seen them from $125 to over $350. For examples of them, look at this link: http://www.capitalmicro.com/illuminators.html They are very nice but I can get useable results for much less. You can use almost any light source for illumination depending on your needs. A small desk lamp will do as long as you don’t block the light with your hands or tools. I even used a small flashlight taped to the body of the microscope to illuminate and it worked surprisingly well. The only drawback is having to buy batteries all the time, unless you get rechargeable’s. When you figure the cost, the transformer was better suited and costs way less in the long run. As far as the LOMO scope I ordered mine from this site: http://www.opticsplanet.net/lomo-sf-50-microscopes.html This link should take you to the page that shows the outfit I ordered. The unit is Russian made, not really refined or has fancy bells and whistles, but for me, the price was right and it surpasses anything I had. I even got the photo adaptor with it for that price so I can hook up my web cam and take pictures. Over all I think it was a good deal for me. I would have liked to have picked up the name brand ones, but again, the price was right and the quality of the view excellent. There are others out there and I do not claim to be an expert on this subject. My advice is to research and pick one that suits your needs. If I can assist you more let me know. This is an ongoing project so I will most likely be making modifications as I go. As soon as I take pictures I will let you know. Take care
  8. I like the beetle on the snail on the flower. Im going to try that one if you do not mind.! Thanks for the ideas
  9. Well my Christmas / Birthday present came in this week. It is a LOMO SF-50 Stereo Microscope with the swing arm mount. I am truly amazed as to the amount of fine detail I was missing before this. I have other hand held magnifiers but this takes the cake. I looked at a couple of my older carvings when I was experimenting and it really jumps out. I have it temporality mounted on a base board that I cam move but I am coming up with another mount location which will be more flexible. The only thing I did not like was the light projector unit. It lit the area up well enough but the assembly became very hot after a few minutes. It comes in 2 pieces, the housing with a concentrator lens, and the bulb holding assembly that inserts inside. It uses a filament bulb, which is the cause of the heat. I decided to modify it. I picked up an LED up grade unit for a mini Mag light (3 LED’s mounted on a round base) and a variable wall transformer. I set the transformer to 3VDC and secured the LED unit to it and inserted it into the LOMO light housing. It worked great! It is very bright light with no heat at all. I plan on getting another LED unit and making my own double goose neck illuminators for under $30 instead of paying over $ 300 for a commercial one I have seen on the internet. For now my “proof of concept” rig will do until I gather all the parts. I also made the second shelving unit, placed it on top of the first one, and already almost filled up the entire unit. Now I need to make more. On another note, my order of Tagua nuts came in so I will be getting some projects going soon, and today I am picking up some Apple tree wood from a friend of mine. He is doing a house expansion and the contractor knocked the whole 18 foot tree down. My friend said I can have it all! I will take as much as I can fit in my Tahoe, which will probably be the whole tree if I can help it. If there is not enough room I am sure my wife will be a good sport and understand having to walk home. ( Just Kidding!) You all take care, more work to be done. Ill try to post more pictures to my photo site when I can for those interested.
  10. If you want to hold small Burr's, go to this link: http://www.cornwallmodelboats.co.uk/acatalog/amati_7383.html This knife and accessory set includes a vice with 4 different sized collets ( to hold small drill's). One if them should hold any burr you need. Take care. Joe Kingsport, TN
  11. Hello again Janel- The air filter system is an unusual one. It is a Plexiglas box with a small Squirrel fan mounted in inside on top. There is ¼ inch hardware cloth (metal screening) covering the outlet on top to prevent items falling in and jamming or breaking the fan assembly, even though the fins are metal. The open end of the box has pieces of Plexiglas mounted inside to form a lip to keep the filters from being inserted too far. There are 2 filters of woven plastic threads with cardboard frames. I usually cut out additional finer filter material, or use either T-shirt material or fine nylon mesh in front of that to catch additional dust. The fan, while small is surprisingly powerful. It will suck in a dangling sewing thread in front of the filters from 4 inches out. I owned this unit for over 15 years. It was put together as an experiment to check the feasibility of a larger design. With the box being clear, you can see air flow patterns if dust gets by the filters. (which it did in some cases before I modified the filters) Go back to this link: http://picasaweb.google.com/jca245/WorkArea I added some better pictures of the dust filter system. Once I am set up and find places for my tools I will post pictures of them also, and hopefully some new work. I give away everything I carve to friends and relatives but I am going to start keeping some of them for me now… Take care Joe
  12. Well I finally retired this past year and started getting organized setting up my hobby table. I found some nice wood shelving (actually stair tred 12" X 4 ' X 1") yesterday at Lowe's and made a "proof of Concept shelving unit. I plan on building another unit on top of the same style and attach them together. Right now the wood is bare, but Ill see if I want to stain or paint it up later. Who knows I might carve patterns in them on a whim Glorious storage space To avoid messing up the photo portion of the list I have my photos of the desk as it is right now on this link: http://picasaweb.google.com/jca245/WorkArea It shows the hobby table, and the "Shipyard" on the other side of the room I use for my "Space". (A converted bedroom) The pile of nuts on the desk is not because I am starting a savings bank for the local squirrel’s, they are Hickory nuts from my trees. I am thinking of a couple of carving projects with them. On another note, I just ordered a Lomo 50 Stereo Microscope on a swing arm. It ranges from 3 to 50 power and should be good for my micro carvings. I am tired of squinting through glasses that do not give me room to work. The Lomo has a 6" depth of field which should do fine. I will post pictures when I get it mounted. Well that’s all for now. Once I get set up better I can dig my past work ( if I havent given all of it away..) out of storage and post on line. Take care Joe 'ExFed" Aimetti Kingsport, TN
  13. Hello all- It has been a while since I posted anything but I have dropped in now and then to check developments. As of the 31th of this month I am officially retired. However , I am using up the rest of my vacation time till then, so I guess I can consider myself retired. I will be redesigning my hobby room into a studio soon. I might build a separate building for the whole shebang or add an addition to the house. I am looking into the options. But I digress from the topic. Sorry.... I received a medium sized wood lathe for a present this Christmas and have been studying all I can about turning wood. In one article, there is talk about rough turning “green” logs of wood, then soaking them from overnight to a couple of days in a 80% mix of dishwashing liquid (like “Dawn”). Something happens where the sap is drawn out of the piece and is replaced by the water. It can then be finished “wet” or allowed to dry naturally and will not (usually) crack as it has now been seasoned. The reason I bring this up was from reading the method of water seasoning wood, though this way is supposed to be much faster. I personally have never tried this yet , but a friend of mine who works for the Tennessee Department of Park’s and Recreation has supplied me with some nice Dogwood, Sassafras and Wild Cherry logs that I would like to turn and carve. I will try this on some pieces to see what happens, and let you all know. Take care. Joe Aimetti Kingsport, TN
  14. I found a site that shows how to construct a stereo microscope. If anyone is handy, and there are a few in this group; this might be a viable alternative. I like the ideas suggested, and will look into this further. http://www.funsci.com/fun3_en/uster/uster.htm My wife has an ear doctor that has a nice unit that hangs on the wall. He can use it 2 feet away from th ear and see everything. That would be perfect. Take care Joe
  15. Hello all- I have seen pictures of some of the folks on this site wearing various types of magnifiers to assist in small carving and engraving. This has me wondering as to the different kinds of optical equipment and lightning that is available and which would be most practical. I would be interested in hearing about this and to get opinions, both pro and con on the different kinds available. Right now I have a magnifier lens on an articulated arm that has a florescent light around and under it. I would say it magnifies about 8 to 10 times. I also have the wearable magnifier called the “Opti- Visor” that has removable lenses. I use a lamp with a special “Sun light like” bulb in it for lighting when using that one. I also use reading glasses in different powers. The drawback with the above is that to get the magnification I want, my eye relief puts me very close to the piece I am attempting to work on. When using a rotary tool or long handle cutter, this can become crowded and a bit nerve racking. I have been looking at the stereo microscope type units , and the cost of some of them are pretty impressive. However , if they give me the eye relief I want , it would be worth it to me. Any comments or suggestions ?
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