Who's Who Latest Topicshttp://'s Who Latest TopicsenSeeking Services, UKhttp:// Hello, I'm Connor, based in UK. I'm after a private carving of a single bone. Mainly text inscription onto the bone itself, not large. If you have the ability, please do contact me or post here. Prices, shipping etc to be discussed privately. I will provide the bone. Easiest way to contact would be by whatsapp or email. I am willing to talk to someone outside the UK, as there are not many people I can find for this request. Looking forward to hearing from someone, this is my personal number for ease of contact, feel free to whatsapp me: +44 7877 527205.
Thank you you Janel who was very welcoming also, this is an amazing place!

4687Wed, 01 Dec 2021 10:43:03 +0000
Help Carving Mammoth Tuskhttp:// Hi,


I have a big chunk of mammoth tusk I would love carved into a pendant for a necklace. Would anyone here be able to help with this/ know someone who could help? What kind of equipment would I need to do this?


4487Tue, 07 Sep 2021 08:14:38 +0000
Carving and polishing gypsum rock (similar to Selenite) How to you carve and polish gypsum rock? I know it can be done, I saw a few pieces at a art gallery.


4373Mon, 26 Jul 2021 10:50:02 +0000
Hello from Scotlandhttp:// just joined , getting into pneumatic engraving , just starting out 

4308Sun, 04 Jul 2021 00:50:30 +0000
Hello from California! Hi!

As the topic says, I live in California. What the topic does not say is I'm actually French :) I am a hobby knifemaker and more recently swordmaker, and I have developed an interest in Japanese metal carving through the need to make koshirae for my blades. I am in awe when I see the work showcased in this forum, and I see that there is a long road ahead and much practice needed to eventually do some of the things I want to do. I have been lurking around for some time now, and I thought it was time to finally sign up. I hope you will forgive my beginner's questions! :blush:




4249Sun, 04 Apr 2021 05:07:21 +0000
Hi! from Francehttp:// Hi everybody,

Few words to introduce myself. Pierre, 41, from Paris, France. Interested in crafting small objects with my pocket knife since my youth. I revived this interest due to COVID related containment, leaving time for indoor activities... plus the discovery of the art of netsuke.
I am a beginner, carving mainly avocado spits at this time, trying to turn them into small figures, mainly animal shaped. I am also a pocket knife enthusiast, and I use my Higonokami knives to carve (currently looking for more specific tools).
Interested in sharing my experiences and gaining knowledge from others.
I just acquired tagua nuts, and i am wondering how to work with them...
Looking forward to discussing with the community,
4246Wed, 31 Mar 2021 12:14:26 +0000
Hi from Perth Australia! Hi I'm Brokk Svendsen.
Apparently I had joined this forum 10 years ago! I forgot I was a member but I still have the same email so I was able to get a new password.

I've been carving for about 15 years, solidly for the past 7-8 or so. I'm 32 years old.
I live in Perth Western Australia, born and raised, though both of my parents come from Minnesota USA.
My grandfather ('Pop') inspired and taught me to carve and we're members of the Wandi woodcarvers guild.
I teach beginners with Pop twice a month for the guild (1st and 3rd saturdays of each month) and I find that teaching helps oneself to learn as well, after awhile carving techniques that you use become second nature, but to describe them and show to to someone else makes you really think about and analyse what you're doing.

I like natural sort of organic forms, I'm a big fan of japanese art in general and in particular netsuke.
I generally carve small pieces, no bigger than (and usually smaller than) about a fist (with a few exceptions of course)
I was first introduced to netsuke by none other than Sue Wraight when our guild was lucky enough to have her give a workshop (many years ago now)

At some point soon I'll take some photos of what I like to carve and post them on the forum, unfortunately I'm not great with a camera.

4233Fri, 05 Mar 2021 16:27:25 +0000
Carving in the Uralshttp:// Came across this intresting web site and video on my laptop when tidying it up. I hope it is not a repost. Well worth a look for any stone carves who need some inspiration. http://stonecarving.ru/stone-sculptures-creation.html 

4113Thu, 05 Nov 2020 08:30:18 +0000
Hello from Japanhttp:// Hi! This is my second time joining the forum. I joined a few years ago but lost my info .

I’ve recently started carving with antler pieces again with better success.

Nice to meet you all !

4099Fri, 30 Oct 2020 05:37:46 +0000
Hello from Longboat Key Florida! Ship captain here who when offshore has extra time on my hands. For a few years I have been cutting out foreign coins with interesting subjects and passing them out to my crew as rewards for exemplary service. I would like to start carving now and found The Carving Path during my research. Thanks for letting me join!

4080Sun, 11 Oct 2020 16:00:11 +0000
Happy to find youhttp:// I’ve been carving beef bones for a few years and I’m glad to finally find a place where others share my interest. 


3987Thu, 02 Jul 2020 16:11:50 +0000
Hello! Hello The Carving Path community!I come from Hradec Králové (Czech republic - Europe).Carving is my hobby. I work in a laboratory that investigates water quality in rivers.I have some experience with wood carving. So far I carved mostly from linden: puppets, heads ... I always liked to carve small objects - such as hair clips. I have now purchased Buxus from Turkey and would like to try small-scale work on this material. I hope that in this forum I find useful information for my further work.In the attached files are examples of some of my work.




3928Fri, 17 Apr 2020 17:33:27 +0000
Bone/Antler handleshttp:// Howd'y!


I'm writing a novel where a character needs to carve and shape bones using traditional hand tools and techniques. 

Some of the bones will be used for handles on swords and knives. Others will be used on arrow shafts.

I don't know the first thing about bone carving or how to use bones for handles. I will summarize most of what I've found and the assumptions I'm making. Please correct me if something is untrue.

My research suggests bones are greasy and need cleaning. We can assume this is done before the character receives the bones.

I've also read that bones create lots of powder and smell like death.

I imagine the marrow on the inside is weak and would need to be cleaned out, but I haven't found anything to state that directly.

It seems some types of bone would be better for some tasks than others. But I don't know what those would be. I would be using bird bones around the arrow shafts because I understand they are light and mostly hollow .

It stands to reason that you could make a slurry from bone powder to be used in polishing the bones


That's what I think I know. I'll now ask what I want to know. If you're willing to respond, I will gladly accept search terms, links, videos or your personal answers. If I have additional questions after reviewing the materials you shared, I'll come back here and ask. 

He is attaching as many handles to swords as he can. They need to be comfortable, not decorative. I expect the swords would be full tang and run through the bone as opposed to scales on the sides. In a future chapter he will also put small bone rings on arrowheads.

Considering that: 

What hand tools would the character need to make a basic handle?

What types of bone would be best? Deer? Bear? Boar?

What is it like to carve bone? Does it really smell like death as I've read? Does white power get everywhere making your neighbors think you do drugs? What's the experience like?

What steps would go into the process of making a bone handle or a bone ring?

Would it be possible to do an assembly line style process where the work is divided up 3-4 ways? Could each person focus on one aspect of the handle creation? Say one drills the hole and fits it on the tang, another shapes the handle and a third polishes it?


If you can think of any information I might need, please feel free to share. I want to make sure I do justice to this art form and I don't know what I don't know.

3933Fri, 24 Apr 2020 22:02:57 +0000
Rocks in My Headhttp:// By way of introduction I am an experienced (based on longevity and persistence, not talent) wood carver who is extremely interested in stone carving with power and hand tools.  I am particularly interested in working with obsidian and agates, but aside from general "How To" books I've not found a good source of reference material for working with these types of stone.  (I really don't need any more material that covers basic safety and shop protocol.) I've worked with moderate success with soapstone and pipestone, and feel ready to work with the harder materials.

i am using a RAM microtool, a Foredom rotary tool, and of course a Dremel 4000.  I also have a good selection of rifflers, files, and sanding tools.  My chief problem is finding other carvers with more experience and similar interests, so I am excited about finding this forum.

For my first project I am attempting to carve a small (2 inch diameter) ammonite.  I am "prototyping" in wood to get a sense of the design and proportion issues, but the differences in carving wood and stone are somewhat daunting.  I tend to be drawn toward realism as opposed to abstraction  in my  carving. I also suspect that my diamond burr selection is too "low end" and therefore need ultimately to upgrade to better burrs.

I hope to reach a point where displaying my efforts is more than an embarassment.  I look forward to contributing as well as learning from the many skilled artisans who frequent the site.

3855Tue, 24 Dec 2019 22:20:07 +0000
Hello from Italyhttp:// Hello The Carving Path community!

I'm Michele from Trieste, Italy. I start jade (Nefrite) carving few years ago, when I fell in love with this world watching the work of some skillfull jade carver in New Zealand. Since then I tried some other material like river stones and lately pietrified wood.

I build a little but functional working station at home, for now I' using a 10.000-32.000 rpm 130W multitool (not the best, I need to stop working very often to let it cool down).

I'm here to help with my little knowledge who is in need and to learn the more I can to expand my horizon in this awesome Carving world!


3806Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:40:47 +0000
The tools too small to sell and the microtools they dohttp:// Micro, mini and smaller tools and ways of making and using them 

3797Tue, 17 Sep 2019 22:55:36 +0000
Where have you been? Well Hello!!! I thought this site was gone. The last time I tried to log on I was told it no longer existed.  Imagine my surprise when in the course of looking for info I found a link to this page. Now I have to re-learn how to do things here.  Here is a photo of one of my Antler knife handles...I hope I have this sized right

Imported Photos 00438.jpg

3799Mon, 07 Oct 2019 12:33:47 +0000
Hello from Oak Island, NChttp:// Hello everyone I hope you are having a wonderful day. I am a beginner carver, learning on bone. Still working on obtaining tools, all I have right now is a dremel, and some home made files (lol posicle sticks with sandpaper attached). I live on a very small island in eastern NC, I got into carving as a hobby to help keep my hands and mind busy. I was in a bad car wreck years ago, head trauma has made this learning process much harder but I refuse to give up. :) I like making hawaiian style hook necklaces, other misc things like bone guitar picks etc. Thanks for having me in the group! <3 

***attached a very rough draft of my first design, The Octo Hook (lol) The piece broke, waiting on glue to dry so I can continue carving... 



3760Fri, 02 Feb 2018 16:28:23 +0000
Hello from Scotlandhttp:// Hi all

Scotland here although I’m not Scottish I’ve lived here for quite a bit doing a bit of carving now as I have moved into trying to make some automata as yet not completed one as I’m having to carry on with some scroll saw relief work I had a commission for as well as make stock for the craft fairs etc and the web shop hope to get some carving photos soon to post but here’s one of my relief pictures




3792Sat, 06 Jul 2019 08:38:58 +0000
Hello from Oregonhttp:// Thanks for letting me join as I find this very interesting and after yrs of carving ( not small) it is a desire of mine and to meet and ask and learn from gemstone carvers or any small carvers. I am interested in carving with a fixed mandrel as I have always been a tool packer..lol thankyou and i look forward to learning here. 

Best M



3787Tue, 23 Apr 2019 04:33:20 +0000
old guy, new herehttp:// Hi folks,

 I'm an old artist, been doing one kind of sculpting or another for something on the order of 60 years.  Quite a few other careers, but still at the bench.  I took up netsuke again a couple of months ago and am getting a little better.  I've already found a few good tips in this site, so thanks.  I'll be posting a few photos from time to time.

Regards,   Fox sends.  

3786Sun, 31 Mar 2019 01:01:42 +0000
New member from the UKhttp:// Hello Carving Path members!

I live in England, UK and found this forum when researching tips for my current project. Previously, I have carved two canoe paddles, one for my Son and one for my Wife. Being Canadian, my wife introduced me to Canoeing and after a few years of loving the activity, felt my Son would enjoy a little paddle of his own. I used Spruce for this, as it is light and easy to work with. I found out how much fun a spokeshave is to use and was pleased with the result.

My next project was a full size paddle for my Wife. This was also a success - the key being taking my time (I'd never make a living making paddles!) and I learned more tricks along the way.

My Son recently has been learning about the medieval period and we read 'Beowulf' for bedtime. After seeing some of the awful plastic toy swords on offer when visiting various castles, I offered to make a toy sword for him from wood. Initially, the plan was to knock up a quick toy from soft wood, but I thought a hardwood would last longer, if I was going to all the effort of carving one.

I live in the Chiltern hills, an area of Beechwoods, traditionally used for furniture making. Up until the 1960's, Bodgers would live in the woods turning beech for chair legs etc. I thought beech would make a good wood for my project, as it is a wood with local connections. I located a man who owns an area of woodland nearby, who owns a mobile sawmill. He has a great attitude towards sustainable woodland management and runs carving classes alongside his milling operations. He was very interested in my project and cut me a beautiful plank of beech.

Well, after lots of research I decided upon the 'Sutton Hoo' sword as a basis for my project. I drew up plans and cleaned them up on my computer, then printed it off. I stuck the outline plan to card, then cut out my template that gave me my outline to cut to. there were lots of challenges along the way, but the sword is about two thirds of the way through now and the handle/grip is not looking bad. My next step is to carve the groove ('fuller') down the middle of the blade, and to chamfer the edges with the spokeshave.

I'm enjoying this project greatly. I found this forum after Janel kindly helped me with a question I had, and have found many gems of useful information here that will come in handy as I near the final smoothing stages. I really do like the look of polished beech and will post pictures of the finished sword - assuming I don't mess it up of course! Then onto the scabbard...

Best wishes to you all and good luck with whatever projects you turn your hands to!

3777Fri, 05 Oct 2018 15:24:41 +0000
New Member To The Grouphttp:// Hello all, my name is Woody. I recently came across the carving path and decided to become a member. I am new to the world of bone carving, I have been carving for about six weeks now. In reading some of the forums here, I have noticed a lot of experience out there. I am located in Mississippi and look forward to learning from everyone I can. attached is a sea turtle I did recently. My wife does the beadwork, makes a good hobby for us to do together.


3776Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:59:03 +0000
Another new guyhttp:// Hello carvers,

Peter Schilling here. A couple of you may know me, Benzart and Donn.

I carve jade. The two pieces shown here are nephrite jade, the black from Wyoming and the golden from Siberia.

Some of my jade sculptures have wooden bases I carve to complement the jade carving and to present the sculpture in the proper way. The bases are carved to fit the jade, which is removeable.

I'm also interested in Netsuke style wood and antler carving.

I'm not sure if I can list my website, but I am online.

thanks for having me!

Black Beauty TCP.jpeg

Golden Loop with Interior Finial TCP.jpeg

3775Thu, 20 Sep 2018 21:56:40 +0000
About Where in the Worldhttp:// want to keep the Where in the World? map at the top of the window so everyone can see the map when it opens. It will be closed to member additions, so when you have comments or additions, please place them in this topic. Thanks, Janel




Moved from Where in the World?


From Sergio, December 30, 2006


hi Janel, it's a good idea. I see we are comming from all the world to talk about our passion, it's fantastic. I hope to see more carvers and their works, it's very intrusting. Since i have seen this forum, my vision of carving change, i see more possibilitys to work, i find others inspirations, i'm very happy to discover carvers like you (Natasha, Sergey, Jim, etc....) and i work my english, "que demande le peuple!".

793Sun, 31 Dec 2006 15:03:00 +0000