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Hi all, I'm Martin, a Yank expat in Japan. Just discovered antler carving recently and would like to attempt some simple " Manju " netsuke from some antlers I've collected hiking in my area. Will be asking about dremels and the like and simple chisels and hand tools. If there's anybody else in Japan or in the Kansai area would like to hear from you. I've been doing simple silver castings for just over a year and would also like to perhaps incorporate the two eventually. Nice to meet you
Hello All, I am learning how to carve small rocks - beach pebbles using dental micromotor and fixed point arbor with diamond burs. Have been reading the forum for a while and admire the collective knowledge of this community as well as sharing ideas and helping others via tips and advise, I don't have any of my work worth sharing but recently built a water cooling/lubrication system based on the original design by Daniel Lopacki with some modifications, it works great so far. Here are some photos and a link to a small YouTube clip: Thanks. Raj
I'm a botanical technician living in Idaho. A few years back, while studying abroad in New Zealand, I took a course on Maori bonecarving; the process and results were both incredibly satisfying. Back in the US, I gathered the tools and started carving on my own. I've been working off and on (mostly off, to be honest) since 2010. I mostly work in tagua nut these days -- bone dust is harder to deal with in my three-room flat, and I can't buy the cat a dust mask, so I can only use bone or antler when it's warm enough to carve outside. Lately I've begun developing my own style and moving away from the Maori symbols that shaped my early work. (The tree silhouettes carved out of tagua slices are beautiful, fun to carve, and popular at the occasional craft sale, and they don't risk cultural appropriation.) Here are a few photos of recent pieces (they're thumbnails -- click to enlarge). All are tagua; the dimes are for scale. I'm looking forward to meeting the people of The Carving Path, learning from your experience, and maybe helping someone in turn. Can't wait to get started!