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pallin
pallin
Senior Member - Ventura
Last Activity: Yesterday, 02:14 PM
Joined: 04-29-2007
Location: Ventura, CA
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  • pallin
    replied to Does my piece have bugs?
    There is a large crosscut section of a Sequoia Redwood in a local park, completed riddled with holes and surrounded by flying bumblebees....
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  • Thanks for sharing photos of your work....
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  • pallin
    replied to Yesterday was a good 'un
    Great memories, Paul. In 1960 I was four years into a career that would last forty years. I'm glad to still be around to experience the changes....
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  • pallin
    replied to carving demo
    There are many place names on USGS (topographic) maps that no longer exist. Many were associated with railroads, but many were the site of some event. I remember a place in the Sierras of California called Clarabel Hot Springs. It was named for a girl that was born there in the mid-1930's. The only...
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    Last edited by pallin; Yesterday, 11:10 AM. Reason: spelling

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  • pallin
    replied to Does my piece have bugs?
    The hole looks like the work of wood-boring bees. I've had them riddle an outdoor cedar table. They are black and the size of bumblebees. If they're active you should see one or more flying in the area. Most any insect spray should stop them....
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  • pallin
    pallin posted a Visitor Message for Steve Reed
    Thanks for the invitation, Steve. The time between now and the holidays gets very busy for me. I sing in two men's choruses and we do a lot of performances at senior homes, churches, and shopping centers. It greatly impacts my carving time.
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  • pallin
    replied to Golf ball in a cage
    I'm curious why you used a real golf ball in the cage. The traditional form of this whimsy is to carve the ball from the wood inside the cage.

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  • Yes, chip carving is the most likely place to have breakouts. If your pattern in on a round plate, for example, the angles relating to the wood grain are constantly changing. Where the ridge separating two chips is cross-grain, there is a high probability of it breaking. Be aware of those situations....
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  • But he's talking about basswood 3 inches thick!
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  • I have used a thin liquid of cyanoacrylate (crazy glue) to strengthen basswood where I'm carving narrow (2mm) cross-grain bands, but only when I'm actually ready to carve the delicate features. Also, I have used a water-based polyacrylic to seal a basswood surface to selectively stain parts with gel...
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  • Of course the best advice is to figure a way to get a bandsaw. Look for a used one on eBay. Let all your friends know you're looking for one. I bought mine used 70 years ago. With minimal maintenance it has served me all these years. It is the most useful power tool I own. Phil
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  • Using a straight hand saw, you could make a series of parallel cuts in the waste wood, cutting up to the curved line of your blank. If the grain runs parallel to the curved line, you could simply snap off the pieces of waste wood. Otherwise, you would use your saw to cut each piece near the curved line....
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  • pallin
    replied to Horrible Forest Fires
    This has been going on for some time. My home near Lake Isabella survived a massive fire two years ago. I made my home available to an elderly couple who lost their home. Last year's Thomas fire, here in Ventura County burned within a mile of our present home, and held the record for the largest fire...
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  • I would think that all online sources would show the sweep or profile such as the marks Mike has shown in a piece of wood. It is the only way someone can choose the exact cutting edge they're looking for.

    We all like to acquire more tools, but we should also consider the upkeep. This tool...
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  • In the Pfeil tool brochure they are listed among the "V-Parting Tools" which includes all the angles, hard and soft. The "soft curve" version comes only in 55 degrees. The others range from 35, 45, 60, and 90 degrees. There are also V-parting tools among the long bent and spoon bent...
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    Last edited by pallin; 08-09-2018, 12:05 PM. Reason: further detail

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  • The V-gouge with the curved apex and straight sides is a #14 in the Pfeil lineup, but the angle is 55 degrees. It comes in six sizes.
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    Last edited by pallin; 08-08-2018, 03:37 PM. Reason: typo

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  • The "softer" one would likely be a #11 - a U-gouge - a little tighter curve at the apex with curved sides, but not a segment of a circle like all the #2 thru #9 gouges....
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  • Among Pfeil (Swiss Made) carving tools these are called Staehli gouges. They come in three widths: 3mm, 6mm, and 20mm....
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  • Mine may not be quite as quiet, but I like it.
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  • When you compare this knife with those used by many carvers, it may have the following drawbacks: too long, handle too small, not comfortable for long periods of use. It may be fine as a pocket knife for miscellaneous uses like trimming in the garden, cutting string, opening packages - I carry a folding...
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