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Well, I've been lurking here a wee while now, probably about time I introduced myself.

 

I'm not a carver, although I've started dabbling as a result of seeing some of the work here - to pick just one example among many, Jim Kelso's mixed metals moth. Yes, another newbie. I originally came here because of a link on making gravers, and sort of hung around as a result.

 

By day, I'm a software engineer (RTOS/embedded specialisations most of the time); in my "free" time, I forge the occasional blade, do a moderate amount of leatherwork (and Kydex) and play with silver. I teach diving when I have the time, ride a couple of times a week and spend the odd weekend out in the woods.

 

Currently I'm dabbling with mokume, so naturally end up going off in multiple tangents at the same time - alloying, patination etc. etc. Hopefully doing a course in engraving & surface carving of metals next month which should give me a jump start on learning to handle gravers properly. There aren't enough hours in the day.

 

I'm more likely to listen & learn than contribute much for the time being - when I've got something constructive to say, I'll happily chip in.

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Welcome Peter

 

You will find a lot of varied concepts and experience in materials here. what you can't find readily here , someone can point you in the right direction. for your interest in mokume, there is a mokume-gane group in yahoo with myself and a couple other experts to answer questions.

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Welcome Peter

 

You will find a lot of varied concepts and experience in materials here. what you can't find readily here , someone can point you in the right direction. for your interest in mokume, there is a mokume-gane group in yahoo with myself and a couple other experts to answer questions.

 

Dan, might you post a link to that group, perhaps under Materials?

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Lurkers are welcome, they are also welcome to sign in and question, comment or start new topics! Sometimes I see nine guests who are looking around TCP > :D ! I invite you to join in the fun and stir the pot once in a while.

 

The heat wave will be keeping many of us indoors, and what better time could be had than being on TCP and visiting with one another? (with a cool drink and snack at hand smiley!)

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Hello everyone,

 

I've been quietly carving for a long time and just found your website. It's really a good one! When you take the time to look at the photographs posted, the dedication of the carvers evident in the work shown. If I can manage to figure out the steps for posting photos, I'll do so, soonest.

'Til then, thanks for being willing to speak about your work to others.

 

Susan M.

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Hello Susan and welcome! Glad to have you on board with your lovely gem carvings. You'll notice that I've taken the liberty of resizing your photos. Posted photos must be 70 kb or less, otherwise the forum will get bogged down. There is a lot of info on sizing photos HERE

 

If you are a Mac user I have found a very useful software app for photo sizing is EasyCrop by Yellow Mug Software.

 

Can you tell us a little about your methods and what materials you are using?

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Thanks Jim-

 

Sorry about the photo sizes- I read quickly and skipped over that important information before I posted! :D

 

Now that I've 'tied my shoelaces' I can say how beautiful the carvings in boxwood and other materials are on this forum. I should probably switch to the tools and techniques topic to ask where people obtain their wood but I'm hoping it will be enough to ask about that here.

 

Boxwood takes a long time to grow and it seems to me that the gemstones are almost easier to find. Aside from the local gem and mineral shows, there is Tucson to visit in February or places to dig in the US if one can't travel.

 

To work in stone (the harder materials of Moh's 7 and above) I use a dental drill and handpiece along with sintered diamond bits, diamond sandpaper and diamond polishing compound. Janel may be familiar with the work of Ute Klein Bernhardt, who is a resident of Wisconsin. I was able to learn from her about working with the harder stones in 1998 and since then I've regretted all the years when I hadn't even been aware of the option of carving in miniature scale. Since then I've learned from so many incredible artist friends. If others are interested, the Gem Artists of North America are a group where people can find initial information and inspiration in gem carving.

 

http://www.gemartists.org is the informational site.

 

It will take a few days to explore the carving path site - there are so many people and so much to read.

Jim, I noticed that you are New England based and wonder if you know of several craftsman who have had a major influence. Erling Heistad was one of the people who encouraged me as a teenager in NH. Have you seen the Cameos at the St. Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish?

 

Iin the middle of August I'm going to be up in Vermont caring for my daughter's animals for a week.

Is there some show or the specific work of a craftsman I should make sure to see? I'll spend a day or so in the Rutland area looking at Large carvings but wonder about what people are currently doing.

 

Best wishes,

Susan Margolis

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