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  1. If using powder dyes??? Try mixing a bit of...

    If using powder dyes??? Try mixing a bit of powder in rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol)
    The color becomes vivid, plus it dries on the wood almost instantly
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    Master Carver Status

    Okay carving friends... need some help.

    I have been pondering this for a number of years, not sure there is a resolution.
    In the olden days, there was an apprenticeship program where folks could...
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    I am SSssssooooo jealous of the species you guys...

    I am SSssssooooo jealous of the species you guys get to play with on a lathe.... WOW, the grain and colors....
    Turning wet is kinda fun, you can cut an awful lot in a big hurry... post finished...
  4. Thread: natural edge

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    First, GREAT PIECE, I long ago wore out my...

    First, GREAT PIECE, I long ago wore out my worship of boring pieces of wood turned on a lathe. Exciting to sand that kind of edge, Huh??

    And, it looks like Elm burl, but then I am across the...
  5. If anybody comes up with any secrets about...

    If anybody comes up with any secrets about getting the word out/locating like minded craftsmen/carvers...please share???
    I like most, truly believe there are woodcarvers out there... I would very...
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    I bought a set of the tools you mentioned. They...

    I bought a set of the tools you mentioned. They are heavy, unwieldy and the profiles will leave you wondering what you are doing wrong.
    I have a solution, email me...
    Mobjack68@yahoo.com
    jmorgan
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    I have turned wet/green wood. It is a hoot!! You...

    I have turned wet/green wood. It is a hoot!! You can cut about 3 times the amount with each revolution, tools stay sharp longer, cuts easier, cleaner and the curls just fly.
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    Hey Paul, think about gloves....Now before you...

    Hey Paul, think about gloves....Now before you guys jump all over me about "the feel" or "dexterity", they make mechanics gloves (Lowe's carries them) that have a great feel and they also offer...
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    some time ago I had a need to sand in a similar...

    some time ago I had a need to sand in a similar manner. I happened to be in a box store (in the U.S., called Lowe's) saw a package of sandpaper with velcro on the back...not a new product, just...
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    I felt the need to do something a little...

    I felt the need to do something a little different...
    my initials are JWM, wanted something I could do "straight line" with a burning tool/paint brush/carving chisel/dremel/foredom, etc. Something...
  11. Have you tried a round nose chisel??? I have...

    Have you tried a round nose chisel???
    I have sent quite a few novices thru their paces with just a round nose. It doesn't cut a great deal, easy to sharpen and cuts inside and outside. Round nose...
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    Artesano...WOW!! I am going to assume that you...

    Artesano...WOW!! I am going to assume that you have formal training?? Where?? I am still in my infancy....I would love to watch some folks that know what they are doing, actually ply their trade....
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    Awesome piece!! What kind of wood?? 1 piece or...

    Awesome piece!! What kind of wood??
    1 piece or built up??

    would like to see more of your work...
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    Skew..man that is funny!! I try to do most things...

    Skew..man that is funny!! I try to do most things "properly", and yes, I have been on the receiving end of total destruction...makes you kinda wanna just sit for a minute and remember to breathe.....
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    The "snap" is usually followed by...Oooohhhh...

    The "snap" is usually followed by...Oooohhhh S**T....and the adrenal gland signals you to DUCK....and quickly. When the subconscious gives up and reality comes into focus the next action is to try...
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    Read recently about a turner that uses isopropyl...

    Read recently about a turner that uses isopropyl alcohol. Pours several liters in a plastic tub, immerses the turned piece in for a day or two. The alcohol combines chemically with the water and...
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    Hey Arron...Most of the traditional carvers (not...

    Hey Arron...Most of the traditional carvers (not sure I can count myself in that crew) finish the carving with the carving tools as they go. As they "subtract the wood" to the final shape/size/depth,...
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    CARVING VICES???? I truly wish carving was my...

    CARVING VICES????

    I truly wish carving was my ONLY vice.......
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    Hey Peter, think about using drill bits... Put a...

    Hey Peter, think about using drill bits...
    Put a small drill bit into your drill, slowly drill into a piece of dowel that will become the handle (piece of a broom handle works well) when you sink...
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    Underfoot, it was your pics of the reclining...

    Underfoot, it was your pics of the reclining figure that shows the sketches in the background that caught my eye...and thanks for the encouragement. The sad part for me is this...I probably have the...
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    Hello to all...I have seen some absolutely...

    Hello to all...I have seen some absolutely beautiful and marvelous works in this thread. I would like to consider myself a "carver" or "sculptor" (much discussion about differences) I think the term...
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    FIRST....use the tools you have on hand and learn...

    FIRST....use the tools you have on hand and learn to use them to the max. You will find limitations, only when you reach your limit will you realize what tools you need to set new limits. If you have...
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    The difference??? "good ole normal turning"...

    The difference??? "good ole normal turning" starts with a "G"
    "ornamental turning" starts with "O"...therefore
    "G" comes before "O" in my dictionary
    SSsoooo....since the "good ole normal turning"...
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    anything FREE that way if you bugger it up,...

    anything FREE

    that way if you bugger it up, put it in the woodstove and get BTU's out of it!!!
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    black locust, dried for about 40 years, the rest...

    black locust, dried for about 40 years, the rest of the load went into the fireplace...immediately
  26. Thread: Lost Husband

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    I have to be home when the street lights come...

    I have to be home when the street lights come on....
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    Have you considered going to the source??? I...

    Have you considered going to the source??? I remember some time ago I was in a factory job (USA), assembly line. I thought the boss liked me okay and then we started having squabbles, not fast...
  28. acetone.....do some experiments first. it will...

    acetone.....do some experiments first. it will thin, just don't thin it too much..
    Stradivarius used amber......
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    I have seriously considered a...

    I have seriously considered a pantograph/duplicarver for a while now....NOT to create a finished carving, just to remove as much excess as possible to get down to the good parts....I have long...
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    will you use separate panels for smaller scenes...

    will you use separate panels for smaller scenes or will this be one huge panel/one scene??
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    [quote=SPIRIT;743073]what a load of rocking horse...

    [quote=SPIRIT;743073]what a load of rocking horse crap....../quote]

    Would that be "hand carved" rocking horse crap..?? or "machine carved" rocking horse crap..????
    Exactly how were the marble...
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    Since she broke it off....tell her you want the...

    Since she broke it off....tell her you want the box back!!!!
  33. Thread: A beginning

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    Maybe it's the moon phase ????? the gutter is...

    Maybe it's the moon phase ????? the gutter is definitely getting full.....




    you guys are toooo funny...
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    gvassila... Congrats on completing your course,...

    gvassila...
    Congrats on completing your course, seeing and hearing and doing, AND being able to ask questions is worth a ton.....a suggestion.. I feel sure you took notes/looked at samples/possibly...
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    I like to use 000 or 0000 steel wool and paste...

    I like to use 000 or 0000 steel wool and paste floor wax, Johnson's or anything called Bowling Alley wax (been a long time since I have seen a pin boy waxing lanes by hand) I have a chunk of steel...
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    CNC back to manual control???

    Newbie here...need some REAL help. I have 2 (two) Boxford Duets...for those that are unfamiliar with the machine, they are more like toys than anything else, combination lathe/milling machine. 4"...
  37. Thread: Making wood

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    I hope you don't mind if slobber a little.....and...

    I hope you don't mind if slobber a little.....and where did you say you live??
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    How about a bracelet?? turn it and maybe do an...

    How about a bracelet?? turn it and maybe do an inlay or carve her initials??
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    Hey tiger, before you tie a cement block to it...

    Hey tiger, before you tie a cement block to it and push it off the bridge??? I was at the same crossroads a number of years ago...... a wise old(er) friend of mine heard my complaining and asked me a...
  40. Thread: first bowls

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    I have a friend that has done extensive...

    I have a friend that has done extensive experimentation with microwave drying, gets close to final shape, in the oven, out of the oven back on the lathe and spin it fast...the 'waves heat the water...
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    Hey DarkWolfz, welcome to woodturning!! I was a...

    Hey DarkWolfz, welcome to woodturning!! I was a "shop rat" when I was in school...we had morning and afternoon school sessions and I would stay and ride the late bus. Both of the shop teachers...
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    I know that most "exotics" are called that for a...

    I know that most "exotics" are called that for a reason and I'm not sure that I ever really considered how "much" harder your local stuff is than my local stuff. About the hardest local for me is...
  43. Thread: Yippee!

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    How's about we eliminate the word poly^#%$%@ and...

    How's about we eliminate the word poly^#%$%@ and call it LATEX....before long people will want solid color on their wood and then we won't have to worry about pretty grain!!! jus kidding of...
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    Hey Chris, will your carving be inside or...

    Hey Chris, will your carving be inside or outside?? Weather exposure causes a whole different set of problems...Inside?? I like to use an "antiquing" effect on carvings with deeper detail. I start...
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    Epoxy (NOT the 5 minute kind...too brittle) sand...

    Epoxy (NOT the 5 minute kind...too brittle) sand the metal with like 40 grit, coat the hinge gain with enough epoxy to make it wet and let that set first. Sand the gain as well as possible (no shiny...
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    How much sanding do you do??

    I have been reading posts where folks talk about using wet/dry silicon carbide past the 600 range. I have been doing lathe work since high school (early 70's). Lots of different kinds of wood...
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    I am in the Appalachian hardwood forest,...

    I am in the Appalachian hardwood forest, mountains of Virginia, USA....we see quite a bit of "Burl" growth on trees. The building that I work in is bordered by a river with quite a bit of growth...
  48. USA here, I have a piece of Dogwood (

    USA here, I have a piece of Dogwood (<!-- #BeginEditable "Botanical%20name:" -->Cornus sericea) 24" long 12" in dia, this was a standing dead tree that was cut about 14 years ago. I have been...
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    Pull up a chair, grab a piece of linden and a...

    Pull up a chair, grab a piece of linden and a sharp knife and sit a spell. there are some really great folks hanging out around here and for the most part...everyone plays nice!!
  50. I am thinking, move away from the lathe idea for...

    I am thinking, move away from the lathe idea for spheres.....They make a drill press tool for making rosettes. (square blocks that sit at the corner of old house door frames,, eliminated the 45 mitre...
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