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Can anyone suggest a good set of hand tools for the beginner.I work mostly with bone.

I,m just getting started and have had some success but I have

been limited to I can do because of the tools that I have. All I have is some needle files and a set of cheap xacto knives.I have a dremel with a flex shaft but I find that I don't have the control that I would like. Any help would be appreciated

 

 

 

thanks Colin P

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Hi Colin. You would probably find most people make there own tools. However there are a few carvers in NZ that make tools for sale. Click/go to the link below to see Ian Thorne's gravers that he makes. I got his set-of-three gravers for carving bone almost eight years ago and they are still serving me very well. If you have no luck with Ian, let me know.

 

Ka kite, Billy.

 

https://datakoncepts.com/carving/tools.php

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welcome i started with nothing more than a bucnh of old files a hack saw and a dream it will take time to build up your tools and it take time and practis with the dremel and flexi shart i only got a set of needle files not long ago all the best and dont give up hope to see some of your work soon

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Thanks for the info Billy who am I to argue with success if making your own is the way to go then I'll give It my best shot.

I have seen some of the info on how to make your own how hard can it be right lol.

The journey of a thousand steps begins with the first one.

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Thanks to you to Tony I need all the encouragement I can get. I find that working with my hands gives me a zen like feeling.

To work alone in the quiet puts you in a different place.

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Ian now makes slightly different tools to those shown at this link.

 

I have both sets buying the ones shown in 1998 and they are still going strong the newer ones are a bit 'chunkier' and provide different cutting edges.

 

Both work pretty well.

 

Have also several made myself from a mix of screwdrivers, chisels and punches.

 

Sandy

Will try and send some photographs soon.

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Thanks Sandy decided to try to make my own seems to be the think to do and who a'm I to argue with success.

I have some old dremel bits and drill bits I got nothing to lose I might as well give it a shot.

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Colin,

 

My woodworking tools, for the most part, don't work with bone. I use jewlers saws and scroll saws to rough out the design, then go to various files to bring it down. Lol, I have a 16" ferriers rasp, 1 side rasp and the other coarse file, that works wonders in reducing the peice down to the detailing size. Dremel diamond points are an inexpensive tool to detail with. But final details are tiny files, then polish with various grades of rouge. I inlay with abalone shell and that process is slow and precise. Finished pieces have the wet look of ivory.

 

Ti

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