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Three New Carvings.


John S.

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Been carving on my days off of work this week. I have three new carvings to share. One is a Maori style hei matau, and the other are Maori style twists. All three are carved from cattle bone, using a Black & Decker RTX with a Milescraft flex shaft attachment. I have WIP shots of the first one, if anyone is interested.

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Hi John,

 

I find that your carving are good, but, if I may, it shows so much that it is done with power tools. I would only take some hand sanding to make them really finished.

 

The way I do it, and probably most of the bone carver also, start sanding with 150 grit, then go done to 600 wet. It takes time but it will bring the polish they miss and also will allow you to make the curve much more flowing. Of course you might want to start with 240grit due to the fact that you've done a lot with power tools, but that's for you to find your way.

Once you finished with the 600 grit wet, you can then apply a polish paste (one used for the car work really good) and spend some time with a soft piece of fabric to get to the desire polish state.

I really try to give you advice 'coz from what I see of your work, it would deserve this final stage.

Hope this help. I really would like to see one of your piece finished

 

Take care

 

Christophe

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Christophe: I fully intend to finish these a bit more. I don't have any sanding supplies at the moment. When I have some cash, I'll rectify that. I have buffing wheels for the rotary tool, as well, though I'm not really sure if I want these to be shiny or not. I would like to take the tool marks out of them, though.

 

Thomas: Thanks for the compliment, and the interest. WIP shots are attached to this post. As far as the second one goes, it's not as fragile as it looks. The twist at the top of the first one is actually thinner.

 

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John S

 

To take of the power tools marks, there's just one way to do it, hand sanding, you will see it's kind of a meditation process.

As far as polishing, no need for buffing wheels, hand and coton-like fabric works betters especially to acces into the twist and if you don't want to get them shiny, still you will have to think about something to avoid staining, bone being a very porous material.

I would be interested in seeing side view of you carving if you can.

 

Christophe

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Yeah, I'm going to go this week to pick up some bones and some sanding supplies. I'll get all my carvings a bit more refined. Some small files might be nice, too, but they might have to wait. Also included the side view you wanted. The single twist is on top, the double is on the bottom.

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