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pallin
pallin
Senior Member - Ventura
Last Activity: Today, 12:11 AM
Joined: 04-29-2007
Location: Ventura, CA
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  • Kadiddle
    Kadiddle posted a Visitor Message for pallin
    Nice to have good neighbors. Take care of yourself. Our Adirondacks are really colorful right now. 50 mph winds for tonight and they will not be by morning. We are located on the N.Y., Vermont and Quebec Canada.
    Thanks
    Kadiddle
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  • pallin
    replied to Spoon Question!
    A simple search on "wood toxicity" will give you a lot of information. As you noted in your question, most of the concern is for the dust generated by machine processing. Where the charts indicate "rare" or "common," there is less worry about.

    The variability...
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    Last edited by pallin; 10-15-2017, 10:33 AM. Reason: spelling

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  • pallin
    replied to Glue up tips?
    It may not be obvious to some people what "true-up the surfaces" means. Using a jointer (or other methods described), work the surfaces to be joined until absolutely flat, smooth & square. Test this flatness by sighting along the surfaces with your eye at surface level. Test how closely...
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  • I have two relief carvings of similar design. Both have a combination of basswood and black walnut - almost the extremes of soft & hard among carving woods, On the two carvings the woods are reversed, so figures that were carved in black walnut on one were carved in basswood on the other. Both were...
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    Last edited by pallin; 10-12-2017, 05:55 PM. Reason: spelling

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  • pallin
    replied to Blue Heron
    Here, for comparison, is another Great Blue Heron, also carved in basswood with bark, done for a silent auction fundraiser. This is a Wayne Barton design, so it is chip carving rather than relief. The cat-tails were an added element. Gel stain in the lines, clear finish. I really like your Blue Heron....
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  • Pierced forms of carving are used on doors or divider screens so that both sides can be seen when opening or moving the panel, but sometimes piercing is used to accentuate the depth of the design with no thought given to seeing the back. I think I will still hang it on a wall and encourage viewers to...
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    Last edited by pallin; 10-09-2017, 07:54 PM. Reason: spelling

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  • Wow, Merle! Now I know who to turn to if I reach an impasse on the design. Thanks! (in advance)
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  • I am now thinking of changing this design even further - to make it a double-sided, pierced relief. This means the gaps between the "ribbons" will go all the way through the wood. The back side of the heads will be shaped and detailed. To give the final piece the necessary strength, the heads...
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  • My advice was not about sitting or standing while sharpening. Learning to sharpen requires practice, practice, practice - on each tool and variation. The specific methods or materials are less important than devoting the time to practice. I was taught the principles of sharpening in Junior High School...
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  • Just like wood carving, you will probably not acquire skills of sharpening by reading about it or watching others do it. You will get some ideas, but unless you sit down and actually do it you will not learn the feel and feedback of the process. The motions for sharpening gouges and other curved edges...
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  • She tried eating spaghetti off the plate! It didn't work well at all. (No photo)
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  • pallin
    replied to WCI Eagle Scout
    What no merit badge sash!? It's a very nice caricature in spite of this omission.
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  • The flowers serve a practical purpose. The spiraling lines that form the triangles get very flat and distorted if extended to the rim. So I inserted the leaves and flowers in these areas. Also, the center would become a tangle of distorted triangles if the lines were extended inward....
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  • As a beginner your project choices should provide learning experiences rather than produce an object you want to display on your bookshelf. A simple, stylized animal shape will teach you about grain direction and the proper direction for your cuts. The cross-grain cuts will show you when to stop and...
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  • Clayton - Your carvings are unique and amazing! I fully understand that your process doesn't count the hours.
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  • pallin
    replied to Rank amateur
    Hairy - Your carving experience is probably very much like others on this site. We began whittling with a jack knife, then began exploring other forms like relief which caused us to acquire gouges, etc. Although I do mostly reliefs now, I have not "settled" on this as the only type of carving...
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    Last edited by pallin; 09-23-2017, 01:42 PM. Reason: added comment

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  • In the first post it was stated that this company offers only the 10-tool set for $100, so the question of "open stock" and range of profiles is moot.

    So, I went to a website to actually see the set. It's 12 gouges - mostly deep profiles (#7 to #9), one V (#12-6mm), one skew,...
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    Last edited by pallin; 09-23-2017, 11:10 PM.

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  • There are factors that cannot be determined by just looking at the tools. For example the tang length inside the handle, and the choice of wood for the handle itself. These could be critical to a carver who plans to use a mallet. A beginner might assume a ferrule on the handle would prevent splitting,...
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  • There are many examples of "look alike" products entering a successful market. Why not take advantage of the years of product development of the established leader? To sell quality tools for a fraction of the leader's price requires cutting corners. For carving tools this shows up as tiny,...
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  • pallin
    replied to Mobius 2
    These and other mathematical curiosities have challenged our ability to show them in two or three dimensions. Escher was famous for his graphic explorations of impossible structures, tessellations, and mathematical transformations. A few carvers have tried these objects in 2+ dimensions (relief), but...
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