Materials Latest Topicshttp:// Latest TopicsenCarving material questionshttp:// The picture below is a stone slab that was given to me and I would like to figure out what it is  and how could I possibly cut off chunks 



4575Tue, 12 Oct 2021 22:47:33 +0000
Cleaning/bleaching a tagua nut carvinghttp:// Hi!

I have put some time into the carving of a small coiled dragon in a tagua nut (pictures to come I hope).

Through the process the nut has been colored by my preparatory drawings, and also by the sanding paper I used (it leaves a grey shading...).

I was wondering what type of cleaning you would recommend me to use.

So far I tried: dishwashing soap, toothpaste, soap

I would be thankfull for any idea you may have used.

Best regards,




4274Mon, 17 May 2021 13:05:59 +0000
Walnut Burl Leafhttp:// Had a small piece of walnut burl leftover from a project in the past. 

 Difficulty carving, had to use my power grinder then finished with small knives. Then polished and waxed.

May add some beads to make it a necklace. 



3802Wed, 09 Oct 2019 14:11:43 +0000
Available: Alabaster and Soapstonehttp:// Hello everyone, I am not a carver but have aprox. 650 lbs of Alabaster and Soapstone.  If there is any interest, please contact me and I can give you more detail!  I've seen some incredible carvings made with these stones. 

Private message me here, and I will provide a link to the stones.  I forgot to mention, these are located in Eureka, California.

Thank you, Liz

3785Mon, 28 Jan 2019 19:20:28 +0000
Mammoth tusk weight - 5.55 kg. Hi friend.

Need your opinions to understand cost of this mammoth tusk. I'm going to sell it, payment via PayPal.

W - 5.55 kg.

H - near 26 cm. 

Dimension of upper end of the tusk - 13 * 16 cm., bottom end of the tusk is a little bigger than upper end.

Best regards Vlad.






3773Wed, 08 Aug 2018 21:05:22 +0000
Need cane strength wood with anglehttp:// I've an itching to make anew cane, but cannot seem to find a piece of strong enough that has the bend at the top for the grip that is also thick enough to carve into a wrap around the hand whilst held.

I can work with almost any species of wood and strongly prefer solid pieces.

Any source you would recommend?  I'm also looking for a piece long enough to turn into a 6' walking stick... covered with faces.

3767Wed, 27 Jun 2018 13:26:52 +0000
Walnut for small carvingshttp:// This is left overs from 4 or 5 years ,,walnut  to pretty to throw away, thinking of doing a new Cicada, or a leaf ,pendant ,, or combine the 2 ...Any one got any IDEAS , will consider all suggestions.


3762Fri, 09 Feb 2018 23:22:20 +0000
Braided cord for bone carvingshttp:// Tena koutou from New Zealand

I'm a rookie bone carver working on a few pieces and i have no idea what's a good source for the cord. Some questions:

For the NZ members, where's a good place to get braided cord from in NZ?

Are there different types, thicknesses, made from etc and what is best?

I've seen lots of pics with natural coloured stuff but can't find anywhere that might sell.

Suggestions welcomed :-)

Nga mihi


3723Mon, 31 Jul 2017 11:57:55 +0000
Suggestions For Practice Stone For New Carverhttp:// everyone,


I have never carved stone before, but I do have experience using a flex shaft for carving wax and metal. I would like to eventually become skilled at carving stone focal beads (especially jade).


I was wondering if it might be best to practice using a less expensive stone that I won't feel bad making mistakes with. Does anyone have any pointers on what stone out there might be good starting point to practice with? Or is it best to jump in with the stone you want to carve, and learn that way?


Thank you so much!


3682Sun, 26 Feb 2017 20:09:16 +0000
Carving tufa for casting.. Hi 

Im interested in casting, I want to try carving tufa first but I got confused about what kinda stone is used exactly. According to an artists website (Eric Begay) tufa is a volcanic ash... but other sources  say (wikipedia) that tufa is a limestone and the volcanic ash is called tuff... Which one is used for casting?  

3699Mon, 03 Apr 2017 18:57:14 +0000
What Kind Of Bone? time dear friends, I decided to sell 7 pieces of bone on


But I don't know the type of material, please, your opinion.


Best regards Vlad.







3646Mon, 06 Jun 2016 17:02:17 +0000
Mammoth Tusk. Pre Sale Advertising. time dear friends.


I would like to sell this piece of mammoth tusks. From Ukraine.


Weight - 0.6 kg.


Dimension will be available a litter later.


Best regards.



The Forum Administrator's note:


The Carving Path forum is not a platform for sales, as stated in the registration guidelines that you all read when you registered.


Please contact Sergeyy S. privately if you are interested in learning about the particular details regarding pricing and purchasing.











3629Mon, 21 Mar 2016 11:41:21 +0000
Root Of Boxwoodhttp:// anyone carved or even worked wth boxwood root. I have a piece, and planning on carving something out of it. attachment=10987:IMG_7425.JPG]post-107-0-42400900-1462112208.jpgpost-107-0-14415300-1462112222.jpgAny ideas?


3638Sun, 01 May 2016 14:20:07 +0000
Desert Mahonia? anyone know of a source for Desert Mahonia? It is a bright yellow wood, tight grained, and may have cool burls.


Will Dikel

3570Mon, 20 Jul 2015 00:37:34 +0000
Hair As Horn Substitute? all, i've been trying to find a decent material to approximate the look of rhino horn for carving and have been wondering as of late whether using either human hair or horse hair compressed and bound with hide glue or a synthetic resin of some sort might work?


I've given a great deal of thought to using Watusi cow horns for the job, but alas, the walls of them are annoyingly thin for most of their length at around 1-5mm, and the horn i'm trying to reproduce has walls around 1cm thick at its thinnest point.


I'm intending to use it to more or less copy this Chinese rhinoceros horn libation cup in the collection of my local gallery/the National Gallery of Victoria.

Although it features a lot of detailed carvings, they're not particularly fine or small, with the second detailed picture being about half life size.


Buffalo horn could also be used, but to my eye, the thickness of its walls aren't sufficient to be able to give the same sort of look that rhino horn has. I've included an example of a carved buffalo horn 'libation cup' to show what i mean (third picture)


I was just wondering what others thought of my idea and whether there might be any potential for it to work, or alternatively, whether anyone could suggest a better option?




3434Sun, 26 Oct 2014 05:18:52 +0000
Boxwood Stumphttp:// just received the following message regarding a source of boxwood. I have no idea of the quality of it, but am posting this information here:



I am not a wood carver but I did just dig up a fairly old (likely 40-50 year)

boxwood tree in my back yard. From what I have read, someone who carves might like

to have the 'stump' which is sort of rectangular (12"x6") and has several short

branches sticking out if it (and one longer one). I also have several 4' branches

which are 1" to 2" in diameter.


I live in the West Island of Montreal in case anyone is interested. Would not charge

- except perhaps for a donation to the local church plant sale!





If anyone is interested please contact Helen privately by >clicking here<

3557Mon, 18 May 2015 03:22:21 +0000
Cutting Obsidian Chipping Problemhttp:// i was asked to make a cross i had thought to make it out of obsidian but when i tried to cut it on my saw it just chipped all along the edges of the cut. can someone give me some tips on working with it? i had planed on making the cross and then framing it in wood to contrast the black stone and red paduke wood.

3493Wed, 21 Jan 2015 02:10:12 +0000
Carving Silicon Crystalhttp://, has anyone here ever heard of someone carving silicon crystal? I am not sure if it will chip or how delicate it would be.


Here is a picture of the material I am refering to.


Any Information would be appreciated.




Jim Jarman

3542Mon, 13 Apr 2015 17:05:51 +0000
Sealing Mammoth Ivoryhttp:// ; a newbie here from New Zealand.


Recently, I made a few pieces of jewellery for my wife and our grand-children from a small, long-held stock of FWI.


I gained a great deal of enjoyment from this and decided that I would continue this as a hobby. Of course, one cannot obtain FWI freely any more so I have turned to Mammoth Ivory.


I bought some scrap pieces ; fine for the work that I wanted to do and created a few pendants and a bracelet for myself. I was especially proud of the bracelet into which I put more than 20 hours work. Then I wore it once, sweated ........ and destroyed it !!! I hadn't sealed it, something I'd not needed to do with FWI.


So, a question. What is the best sealing method to use on a piece of Mammoth jewellery, that is going to be worn next to the skin ? Super Glue ? Waterproof Epoxy Resin ? Something else ?


The most noticeable difference I have discerned between FWI and MM is the several "layers" in MM. When separated, do all these layers have the same receptiveness to sanding and polishing ?


I have lots to learn and would be hugely appreciative of any help / tips that anyone might be kind enough to give me please.


Thank you,


Gary. West Coast, South Island, NZ

3030Thu, 14 Feb 2013 22:14:18 +0000
Where To Purchase Good Quality Boxwoodhttp://,


Sorry if this topic has already been answered a long time ago but I am new and wondered if recently, where all you wonderful people are purchasing your Boxwood? Eisenbrand has some from Laos and from S. America but I have heard that boxwood from there is not great. I see there is some in Turkey as well. I wondered what this was like.


Are there any North American distributors? Preferably ones that do not want a 100.00 minimum. I think that is Rude to ask that. I tried the one in Canada A&M woods but they don't have any and do not know when they will ever have any again <-----terrible customer service. Took them a week to answer a simple email and even then they were of no help. Since I am Canadian and this company is from Canada, I apologize in advance to anyone who has a similar contact with these people from the US or Abroad, for their behavior.


I have one little stick here that I picked up from a deceased wood turners stash. It originated from LeeValley. Still had the sticker on it for $1.50. So you know how old this piece is .. LOL It is only maybe 1" diameter and about 15" long.


Thank you in advance for any help you can give me. I really want to try a larger piece. Anyone have any to spare I can purchase? :D I would be eternally in your debt!


Kind regards,


3501Fri, 06 Feb 2015 16:51:55 +0000
Dark Mother Of Pearl Id Needed? everyone,


A few months ago i bought a box full of tortoiseshell, ivory, and mother of pearl scraps at auction from an antique restorer that was retiring. Included in the box were a few unusual pieces of dark mother of pearl (i think, from a european fan).


I was just wondering and hoping whether someone could possibly tell me what species of shellfish this type of mother of pearl could might have come from? It has a huge degree of shimmer and colour variation, with heavy pinkish purple to greenish tones


I was thinking either black lipped oyster or rainbow lipped oyster?




3487Sat, 10 Jan 2015 15:30:35 +0000
List Of Inlay Materialshttp:// i would share what i have figured out for materials that can be used for chip inlay. if you have any suggestions of other possible materials please speak up and ill add it to the list.

3481Sun, 04 Jan 2015 14:49:08 +0000
Paua Shell Purchasehttp:// of you might know about my love of inlay. I want to get some shell chips for inlaying into my wood turnings things like mother of pearl and paua. My craft calls for tiny pieces and I need help in finding what I need for a resonable price. Instead of cuting pieces to fit a gap I use tiny pieces and mix with superglue or epoxy. I then fill the depression with the mixture and eventually Sand it smooth. Is there a market for tiny paua shell chips? What is that called? is there grades like with gems? Someone with experience shell please help me.

3463Sat, 06 Dec 2014 18:51:23 +0000
Soapstone Vs Bonehttp:// everyone,


I was wondering about the hardness of soapstone versus the hardness of bone.

I do know the hardness of soapstone on the Mohs scale, I also know that soapstone is consider very tender to carve but I never had a piece in my hands. But bone, as far as I know, is not on any scale.

I do, try to ;), carve bone but is ther anyone outhere who could tell me which one is the hardest?

My understanding of soapstone would lead me to believe that it much softer than bone (knowing that according to the animal, which bone...etc etc the "hardness" of a bone will be different). But like I said, I never touch soapstone....

Anyhow, if any one of you has worked with both and could give me any precision regarding this specific detail, it would be much appreciated.

I search the www but did not come with any useful information



3225Fri, 11 Oct 2013 13:32:03 +0000
Ocean Origin Bone Material? All,


I am new to bone carving.Trying to learn how to hand carve Polynesian style carvings, due to family ties. I want to make carvings for family. Since whale bone is so difficult to get now in the US, I'm still trying to buy legal whale bone, are there any other options?


What other bone which originates from the ocean do you suggest that I can use for bone carving and where can I purchase from?




3435Tue, 28 Oct 2014 05:21:03 +0000