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Steve T

New Works In Bone - Variety Is The Spice Of Life

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I've got 3 different types of bone on hand, beef, camel and giraffe and also some new hand made carving tools so I've been trialing different styles and methods to get sharpness and detail into my carvings. As usual I don't stick to any one area of design so it's a little random .. but this is what I've been doing over the past 2 months

 

As an aside I've decided that I like the colour of the Giraffe best, it's white towards the surface but become a deep honey colour and quite translucent with an obvious grain, it's also quite soft in a weird way, easy to carve but you can't get very fine detail, But with it's size, the bone starts at 38 inches long and is up to 1.5cm thick, so perfect for large work. Camel on the other hand is incredibly dense, pure white and polishes to a super gloss finish, it's stunning for detail works, the only down side with it being so polished is you see every tool mark, and the leg bones are very narrow (max 35mm) so it's best for smaller intricate work. Beef comes somewhere in the middle.

 

Comments, questions and advice welcome

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Nice work Steve. Keep it up brother.

 

I've carved all three too. From my experience I like camel the best. The textures are reminiscent of ivory. Beef bone is a trusted favourite and can get lovely textures with some simple oiling techniques. The giraffe I have I love for its size, but I find that the chemical treatment they have used to export it has compromised the integrity of the bone. I had some success in carving it but had to adjust my designs as some pieces broke of due to the brittle nature of the bone.

 

Cheers, Billy.

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Thanks Billy .. The Giraffe I have seems to be pretty good, obviously no need to treat it extensively here and it's really nice and not brittle at all, it actually feels kind of soft, hard to describe really. I like camel the best as well, for the detail and polish it will hold it can't be beaten ... I've been trying to work out the 'recipes' for getting the nice tan colours into the bone .. any tips are welcome ... I've also got a stack of Paua shells I brought from NZ when I emigrated and I'm starting to play with inlay into the bone and it's looking pretty good.

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