<![CDATA[Tools & Technical Latest Topics]]> mounted roughing toolhttp:// Hi folks,

 I built a roughing out tool from a drywall router.  These are high speed, brutal tools for rough construction work.  With the addition of a variac AC power supply, I could tame it so I had a low speed, but high torque motor.  The vacuum cleaner is the loud part of the setup.  The arm rests and work position were inspired by the glass blower's lamp working station.  I have the mount leaning back at a slight angle to get a better view of the work.  The on-off switch to the router is on the opposite end from the tool.  The switch pulls out for on and there is a plastic stud exposed when the tool is on.  If the cutter binds up or there is other trouble I just have to push  my chest forward to turn it off.  That way I don't have to take a hand off the work and I can have maximum control with both hands.  The work position is relaxed.  Like any new tool it takes a little getting used to, but it can remove much material quickly.


Fox sends.

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4691Mon, 03 Jan 2022 23:35:58 +0000
Trying To Make Some Gravers For Bone Carvinghttp://


I'm a long time lurker on this forum and I have been picking up knowledge about techniques, tools and materials for a fews years now, I want to thank you one and all for your generosity and your willingness to share so openly, so Thank You.

Lately I've been thinking allot about gravers, reading and looking at the work on this forum has inspired me to try to learn how to begin using these essential tools in my own carving. I contacted Ian Thorne with the idea that if I get a few gravers made by a professional I could learn to use them and then try to make a few of my own. Ian informed me that he has not been well for quite a while, and suggested I contact Stephan Myhre. I've had Mr. Myher's book for a long time, so reread the section on making gravers, and thanks to Janel and the rest of you I think I can make them myself.

Truth be told I tried to make a set several years ago and they came out so bad that I just gave them to a friend who I thought might be able to fix them.

So here are some images of the first part of my learning to make, and hopefully use, gravers in my bone carving.

Material is Drill rod from the hardware store and some concrete anchor rod I got from my neighbor, It seemed to have a very high carbon content when I did a spark test.


Next I ground a shank onto each piece and annealed in a a small forge I have.


Next I ground a bevel on the face of two of them.


Then this morning I attempted to grind them to shape.



This is my first post and I'll post more as I go.




3294Thu, 30 Jan 2014 00:40:06 +0000
Strops to clean or add more compoundhttp:// Question should I clean old compound off old strops or just add more compound .  I have been told it is okay to do both, or either.
Any and all answers will be appreciated. 

4394Mon, 02 Aug 2021 20:19:58 +0000
Carving handles for old chiselshttp:// C266ADFA-5632-4E4E-BE1E-F17BBE1DD149.thumb.jpeg.e5da5f3816474a32680d35b9283f162b.jpeg

4391Mon, 02 Aug 2021 01:37:34 +0000
Off the shelf tools - Australiahttp:// Hi All,

I'm interested in starting to carve netsuke, however coming from a whittling/spoon carving background my tools are of a larger variety. Are there any recommendations from any other Aussies for sources of carving tools that are more suited for netsuke?

I have picked up Robert Jubbs book and I am basing my starting tool selection on his recommendations, however brands like Dockyards are currently difficult to obtain either due to cost of freight or just delivery time frame. I have access to the Kirschen range of carving tools, but I wanted to check if their was other sources outside of the 2-3 major woodworking stores in Aus.


4374Mon, 26 Jul 2021 13:56:35 +0000
Old toolshttp://  Hi Folks, 

I have recently handed down some of my great great grandfather's wood working tools and thought I would share. 

Almost works of art in themselves....


3985Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:10:54 +0000
How do you hold your work while roughing? I'm wondering how people secure their work during the roughing stage (starting from raw block)? I don't have access to power tools (other than a Dremel), so I'll be using hand saws. Is a bench vise the best way to go? On Janel's website, I see pictures of her using a bench vise while using a coping saw. Are there other options I should consider?

I poked around the archives using the search feature, but the threads about holding work all seemed to be with regard to later detail stages. I'm wondering specifically about initial roughing.

3707Sun, 28 May 2017 15:20:04 +0000
Diamond Plate Spindlehttp:// I have the 8 inch diamond tool polishing plates with the 1/2 inch hole in the middle for a spindle.  They are roughly 3/8 of an inch thick.

These spinning plates to shape the carbide gravers on a drill press.  

Does someone make a precision pre-made spindle which chucks up in a drill press for these plates?

I am prepared to machine a few for myself if no product exists.  But, I don't have a strong desire to re-invent the wheel if there is a great product which exists. 

Currently, I am using 1/2 inch bolts as my spindles, which have had the head cut off them, but the threads are not perfectly concentric with the shaft.  This induces a small amount of "wobble" in the plate as it spins.  I realize some of it may be bearing run-out on the drill press, but that is not the majority of the wobble. 

Two pictures.  One is of what I currently use.  The second is a drawing of what I *could* machine to replace it. 




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4060Sat, 19 Sep 2020 16:45:08 +0000
Power carving chipshttp:// The joy of power carving. A pile of wood chips. 
Soon to be a top of a small box or a pendant for a necklace. Black and white Ebony.




4185Tue, 29 Dec 2020 18:31:02 +0000
micro motor toolshttp:// everyone, I was needing some advice on micro motor tool, I was wanting to start carving netsuke and I was wondering which micro moto tools are the best there are a few that I have been looking at the nsk and foredoms new micro motors could anyone offer any advice? :D


Thank you,


1317Fri, 08 Feb 2008 20:42:26 +0000
What Drilling/Boring Bit For Whelk Columella? I was able to bore a hole through one worked, polished bead using a 1mm diamond core drilling bit, so I ordered 10 more (cheap ones) & burned all of them up trying to drill one hole through the next bead blank. I was using a water stream at the drill site, too.

What’s the best bit & method to accomplish this? 





4079Fri, 09 Oct 2020 17:47:37 +0000
Yashabushi dyehttp:// is used to color ivory, and perhaps wood and fabric.


Doug's hair ornament ivory was colored lightly with an alder cone dye. Natasha has asked questions about this dye, and has the Masatoshi book as a reference, as I do. There is a little written about the dye in the book about Masatoshi and his work. I would like this Forum Topic to explore what we know about yashabushi, what plant source with common and scientific names, collection/time of year, preparation of the dye solution, preparation of the materials prior to dying, and relating any experiences you are willing to share.


Thanks for putting on your thinking caps.



532Wed, 05 Apr 2006 17:01:00 +0000
how do you de-grease bone? Hi Everyone.
I'm prepping a marrow bone for inlay work.  I have stripped it of meat but its quite heavily contaminated by grease.  Any tips on how to de-grease the bone? Currently its soaking in a strong sugar-soap solution.

Thanks, Andrew

3771Mon, 09 Jul 2018 18:31:19 +0000
Staining ivory green? Hello, I am new to this page! I make 1:12 scale marquetry, turnings and carvings.

I am looking for a method to deep stain ivory and other tooth green. Not just green but verdigris green. The only recipe I have found is from 1710 (Diderot) and in old English and the names and measures are not useable. Or it is very poisonous! Besides, I do not have fresh warm goats milk, hot horse manure available  as required 😳

I do have copper bits and dust. 

On old furniture and items you will see this green dyed ivory. Does anybody know how it can be done in a modern way? I have searched for several years in books and online. It must be dyed deep enough to take sanding! Ordinary stain does not go deep into the “grain”



4050Tue, 08 Sep 2020 13:00:58 +0000
Freud gougeshttp:// So I'm looking to get started with some carving and there is a new in box set of Freud CS-106 6 pc gouge set near me that I thought might be a decent starter set.   I hopingI can get it for $75 Canadian.   Has anyone used these before are they decent for the price or should I hold off and get a couple of Pfeil tools as I can/need instead?




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4005Wed, 15 Jul 2020 05:44:36 +0000
Fun to make a little Box. A little box made out of leftovers . Walnut sides , joint cut with Japanese saw and small chisel , top i do not know but is grain and wavy looking, added a small fall leaf, out of Pink Ivory wood. 

I made this awhile back but had to share. 


3803Wed, 09 Oct 2019 14:25:43 +0000
Grateful for the archives! Hello all,

I recently agreed to do some experimental carving in a new material that we think will have the properties of glass and/or ungrogged creramic and/or jade-like stone (we'll find out!). I can't go into the details of what the material specifically is because there are proprietary info restrictions involved at this stage of development, but I'm excited to experiment with carving whatever shows up in my mailbox next week. 

I've not done any carving on such a substance before, but with the generously shared information here, I feel I will get a good start. Thank you all, especially Janel, for this info that is here when I need it. I'll be combing the archives to research tools and safety procedures. It is so much less intimidating knowing that this knowledge base (and personal creative support base!) exists.

I haven't contributed many posts lately, but as my theater schedule lightens up a bit int he next couple of months I'll post some images of what I've been up to & catch up!

With much love,


3798Sun, 29 Sep 2019 21:02:33 +0000
Help a member find images please? Hi,

I am trying to help a member to find where on TCP a particular topic that a member is striving to find in the archives.  He states:

"When I joined I found in the searches that I made,  a set of images that depicted a carving station that was ingenious yet simple.  I can no longer seem to locate said collection of postings.  It was simply a Plastic pallet set upon the top of a Rubbermaid 35ish gallon trash can with a recirc pump set up in the bottom...etcetera."

We would very much appreciate extra help on this search, with our thanks for your efforts!


3705Wed, 17 May 2017 14:06:57 +0000
Favorite Old Toolshttp:// A while back somebody asked about favorite carving tools here is some of mine. The box of chisels are from the early 80s they come without handles, one handle and change the blade ,,they are Warren carving tools , in fact all showing here are from Warren Cutlery and Carving ,,,, I turned the handles from walnut they were the first set of chisels I have , use them regularly ,,, the knives are also Warren made the one in the pic with the carving is an LK5 blade this is the 2nd one ,, this one I use a lot and is one of the best knives I have ,,,, they can come with a handle and you change the blade or to the chisel ,,, I like to make my own handles. The rest of the knives all have Warren Blades. On top of the box is the handles you can get from the company I don't like them due to the weight of the Brass to hold the blades.

Any question or comments all are welcome.  






3759Sat, 13 Jan 2018 21:03:43 +0000
Power Chiselhttp:// Some past talk about power chisels for roughing out your carving. I have 2 types one is a motor with the chisel attached it is made by Auto Mach ,, the other is a flexible shaft made by Wee Cheer ,,that attached  to a rotary tool , Dremel.  Janel said about hands being tired with carving. The Auto Mach has some weight with it and does get warm holding it. The Flexable shaft made by We cheer is lighter and easy to work,, but does not have as much power as the Auto Mach. The flexible tool was very satisfactory with its power and flexibility , carving ligustrum and Boxwood. The chisels made by Flexcut work in both,, but with the Auto Mach you need a brass spacer. I have attached some pics. Will answer any questions , and I like them both, they both have good and not so good qualities. 





3751Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:40:24 +0000
Magnifying glasseshttp://'ve old eyes - short and long sight and an astigmatism; the lot! I find I can only work on netsuke with my glasses off, but my eyes start to ache after about 45 minutes, so magnifying glasses are in order. I bought some x3 clip-ons, but they're worse than useless, though my hand-held x8 magnifier is great, if useless for a carver. I note that Janel uses the changeable lens clip-ons that rest at a distance from the eye and am wondering about investing in those, if I can get them at a higher magnification than x3. I'm also not averse to a table model, or one that rests on the collar bone or jewellers' loupes, but I'm not keen on the visor types.


Does anybody have ideas about what works and what doesn't?

1721Tue, 31 Mar 2009 09:57:40 +0000
Tools for detailing bonehttp:// So I have been making some bone pendants, as my start into carving. And looking at all the images around

there are quite a few where patterns have been carved into bone. These patterns are mainly just straight lines and curved lines

to add decoration to the piece. Now I started carving as I had a dremel for DIY around the house and wanted to use it more.

So it might not be the right tool, or I simple might not have the right bits or that I am simply not good enough.

I have practiced on bone with no results or technique that I would use on an actual piece. I have also found a guy in NZ

who makes gravers for bone carving ($100) but I am not sure if they are the right tool for what I want. Although I think if I 

did get them I would use them so they wouldn`t be wasted.  


So If anyone can give me any hints on what bits to use, or the how or if gravers would do it I would be grateful.



3735Thu, 14 Sep 2017 03:38:11 +0000
Compass? Dividers? Old tool questionhttp:// I picked this up at a flea market. It's a screw adjusted compass?
It was missing the adjustable point, I made one out of a carbide burr.
Interesting design, the cone point is spring loaded looks like it may be some watch/clockmaker tool.
Works good for scribing radii from a center hole up to 3/16"
The knob on the left is the adjustment screw.
Nice old style rope knurling on the screwheads.
The main beam is triangular.
I've never seen another like it.
Any idea what it is called or what it was made for?


3725Tue, 08 Aug 2017 03:48:45 +0000
New favorite chasing hammers w/questionhttp:// I had to make myself another pair of chasing hammers.
I found a couple of obsolete auto ball joints, cut the ball shafts out of the units and turned the ends down to suit. They are the top two on the left.
Nice raw material for hammers, induction hardened shell, softer center like a true hammer needs to be.
The handles are from some ice fallen Hawthorne limbs, hand scraped to shape and waxed.
The stick on the right is from an OLD, lilac bush, I'd like to use it for a handle too, is there any way to stabilize the rich purple color of the heartwood so it doesn't turn brown over time?
I like the cream and purple color of lilac but some pieces I've had changed to brown soon after finishing,


3722Sun, 30 Jul 2017 22:50:48 +0000
New Studio layouthttp:// With a problem hip I had to change my work layout. Removed the bandsaw, replaced wit a smaller lighter saw, moved the dust collector to left side more carving space. Still working on it, good so far.




3716Sun, 09 Jul 2017 00:34:05 +0000