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Robson Valley
Robson Valley
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Last Activity: Today, 02:34 AM
Joined: 01-30-2011
Location: McBride, BC, 53N, HWY16
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to Passing time...
    Good to read your post. Go easy. This surgical crud does not mend like it would have if we were 20.
    That's a good carving. The nose reminds me of a geezer that I knew 50 years ago. TG, I don't look like him.
    Brian
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to On My Way to My Parents
    One by one, the Chetwynd International Invitational is announcing the competitors ( 12? in all?).
    Their introductions include a photo-biography of past work. I see why they got invites.

    I don't understand how they can keep the final vision in the raw logs.
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to My standard finish
    Interesting formula. I do both hot bee'swax and hot olive oil finishes at 325F but never thought of mixing the two.
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to Cedar vs Basswood
    I find it hard to believe the hardness indices. Ring count differences with show varying amounts of heavily lignified seasonal late wood.
    This does change the hardness. That count has been a really good carving wood quality characteristic.
    What I see also is that the conifers do exhibit...
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to Cedar vs Basswood
    40 year old cedar shake blocks cut like new. They do not ripen as they dry.
    By contrast, many hardwoods such as birch and alder will go from cheese to bone.

    I suggest that a ring-count is the most reliable indicator of conifer wood density.
    That was a costly learning expe...
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to Cedar vs Basswood
    Welcome. This is a really good shop to stop in.

    I've been carving western red cedar in the Pacific Northwest for a long time.
    Take a ruler and do ring counts. Even cedar fence posts are sometimes really good wood. 5/4 cedar deck boards.
    Can you find a cedar mill and score...
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to Caution Science Content
    Martin, in that day and time of black skies, peeling potatoes to keep the crude starch but lose the majority of the nutrients was ESSENTIAL.
    Eating potato skins was VERBOTEN. Not for very long. Over time, I fed the kids what really mattered.
    The science is in the nutrition and I am very...
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to Caution Science Content
    MDF is a very good product in applications which are dry and/or very low humidity, like my place all winter (6 months).
    Dileon, it is so dry here in the winter that many people run cold water humidifiers. Unpleasant static sparks otherwise.

    Potato peels/skins? Get 1/2 inch of oil...
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to tool tote
    Rick: if you go the tackle-box direction, they hold all kinds of stuff.
    I suggest that you buy 2 or even 3 boxes to sort out the daily users from the rarely used.
    My denim gouge tool rolls all look a little different for big, little and rare tools.
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  • Both of them will be a lot tougher than regular wood anatomy, particularly when dry.
    I'll bet that you can't find much, if any, conifer branch wood in the marketplace to do the experiments.

    Reaction woods have extra layers in the cell walls. Commercially, the wood will warp, cup...
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  • The Reaction wood in conifers is compression wood.
    Rare to see branches big enough to be worth milling for anything.

    The Reaction wood in angiosperms/broad-leaf trees is tension wood.
    Would not surprise me at all to learn that the very cheap basswood is, in fact, branch wood....
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to Laughing bear tutorial
    For 2019, I'm realy temted to let all my slepping misatakes show up and correct nothing.
    Time to bake some bready things.
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to tool tote
    My tool box in P#3 is 2 pieces of 1/8" mahogany "door skin" and the 4 sides of 1 x 6 x 1/2" " poplar drawer side.
    No fancy corners. Made a square of drawer side and faced it with the door skin.
    Next, I ran it through the table saw to cut it in half. Added hinges...
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  • Good plan = it spreads the load out. Must remember that.
    I push a lot on the spines of the single edged crooked knives.
    How big is the tubing? Like aquarium air pump tubing = 1/4" Tygon?

    I wear cloth-lined regular leather hardware store gloves for carving.
    I think...
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to Laughing bear tutorial
    I can't resist: a tutorial for carving bras and beers? I can hardly wait.
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to tool tote
    Hide the shovel. Start wth a beat up Samsonite briefcase. Maybe 2 of them. Build the inserts with a glue gun.
    Fake the whole thing with cardboard to get to see what it would work like.

    I have 3 canvas gouge rolls made from my old blue jeans. Takes 1.5 legs each. Major tool box...
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to for what it's worth
    Those are good. Stylish and good.
    I see a HUGE amount of confidence to make such bold, sweeping surfaces. Not me.
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to Carving Glove
    For carving,I wear cloth-lined leather work gloves from the local hardware store.
    Many reasons and protection is not one of them (cold, grime, vibration, etc).
    The dexterity is OK but something to get used to using.

    SS mesh and Kevlar offer good protection from slicing cuts...
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  • Robson Valley
    replied to Where Do You Live?
    What a cheerful picture. Thanks Arthur....
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  • I have a carver acquaintance in Europe who does a lot of repair, restoration and replication.
    He made up his own micro-tools. Started with kits of little screwdrivers for the steel tips and did some careful grinding.

    I can grind very nice edges from the hard steel strapping which...
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