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  1. Here is one I made a back in the last century, 1999. Carved brass, dremel, circuit board router bits, flexshaft w/dental bits. I set ball bearings for eyes. Used a round nose punch for the scale texture.
  2. Here is one I made a few years ago. It is four interlinked mobius strip, heart shapes. Carved from a single piece of curly maple. A mobius strip is a twisted strip with only one side.
  3. Lets see if this can start some comments. I have been getting deeper into engraving the last year or so, I have a Magnagraver setup on a foredom flexshaft. It works okay, just a little stiff and awkward for tiny detail. And my handpiece was getting long in the tooth and probably due for a rebuild. Buying a GRS system is way out of my budget, a low end Lindsay classic is a stretch (someday....) Looking online there are some good videos by Shaun Hughes on making your own pneumatic hand engravers. Years ago I picked up a dental tool that was used to compress gold foil into cavities for fillings. It was a simple motor and reciprocal piston pump that pushed/pulled air thru a small tube to tap on the rear of a punch tip. Runs off of a sewing machine motor and foot pedal. I took that and made a handpiece from an automatic center punch, an old Dremel spindle and collet nut. I made a couple different handpiece with different weight pistols for heavy or light use. I bought some of Steve Lindsay's sharpening templates ( fantastic tools, highly recommended) started back engraving and forgot all about the Magnagraver. Yeah, they probably aren't up to professional quality, but I spent maybe $30 all told. I have engraved stainless, crs, titanium aluminium etc with better results than the flexshaft. Since then I've made up a couple of other setups using small air compressor pumps modified to push/pull air. I haven't done much wood carving with them, more fun to carve by hand with razor sharp tools. You can see some of my stuff on my intro page, greeting from the Pacific Northwest. I think I posted pics in too large of format, ill try to figure out how to fix it, and throw up some more. Speak up, yell at me, tell me I'm a fool for spending time making tools, whatever, just make some noise to keep this forum alive! I only just now found out about it. Jim
  4. Hello all, I am Sean, I am a carver from Hawaii. I have officially been carving for 3 years, not counting whittling as a youngin'. I am a sculpture major an the University of Manoa, I learned more of my carving skills at a Kalai Laau class which focuses on Hawaii based carvings. I am not much of an online person, but I see on this forum a lot of peoples work that I respect and admire and hope to exchange techniques, philosophies and passion with. . I draw most of my inspiration from textile forms. Typically I like to look in to material cultures of different sorts. Or I'll see some braid, weave, knot, netting, etc. and draw from that. Then I carve them out of antler or wood. Check out the pictures! I believe there even in the right format!
  5. Hey friends! I have just recently sat out into carving a cow skull. I have engraved a skull before and have tried to dabble with full blown carving but I am having trouble with the thickness of cow bone. Does anyone have any advice on how to make short work of the thick bone? How do I go about making fine lines? It seems like only my larger bits are able to cut all the way through the bone and they are not suitable for the intricate designs that I have planned out. I am using a dremel multipro 2 - speed with engraving bits (not sure what kind they are :/ ). Is my Dremel not powerful enough for the task at hand? Are there better bits to be using? A method to soften the bone? HELP PLEASSSSE!
  6. Hello all, My name is Jim and I am an addict. But I guess that should okay, since I am addicted to socially acceptable things like, Small wood carving, hand engraving, jewellery making, gem stone faceting, etc. Blacksmithing, knifemaking, tool design and general hand tool mayhem. My background is in mechanical design, tool & die and plastic injection mold making and design. Attached are a few of the things I've done. (If it works)
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