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  1. It looks to me like you are influenced by the Japanese art ethic, so maybe the best direction to go is with more subtle colors and enhanced textures. Maybe try something like wenge (roughish grain) with slightly sandblasted surface to enhance the grain texture. I used to carve all kinds of little things "painted" with different colored hardwoods, and ran into your problem with most of the pretty woods, so I sympathize. The only woods that I found that had even remotely stable color were yellowheart, holly and the woods that start out dark brown. Best of luck!
  2. What's wrong with the orange color? Cocobolo is a natural material, and variation is the rule of nature. Try 0000 steel wool on the surface and call it good. The handles you like will change over time as well... If it's consistency you want, then plastic or metal is the way to go. Learn to love the "happy little accidents."
  3. Orange and fresh-cut cocobolo just go together. Like most fancy woods, it will eventually go darker and brown. Don’t set it somewhere it will get warm, that will cause the oil to flow more easily, so I wouldn’t put it in the sun. Time and oxygen will do what you want.
  4. How to Carve Netsuke and Miniature Sculpture: Free PDF Download This is a link to a detailed 361 page instruction book on how to carve netsuke and miniature sculpture. The file is in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

It requires Adobe Acrobat Reader http://sterlingsculptures.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Carving_Netsuke.pdf
  5. Absolutely sweet piece of work, Jake! Much respect. Tom
  6. There are hundreds of different rotary carving bits...I have lots of them and have spent lots of money on them, but end up using only carbide ball burrs and occasionally a long narrow tapered diamond point for tight cleanup. The best place I've found for them is here: http://www.lascodiamond.com/LascoProducts-3-32-Carbide.html I have no financial interest in this company. I've marked the ones I use for small scale/detailing in the image below. Purchase only carbide, high speed steel burs will burn out very quickly. You might find this free download of use for detailed carving with power tools: http://sterlingsculptures.com/wp/?page_id=315 Best of luck, Tom
  7. Find an easier/quicker way to make a box...in about an hour, link below.. Presentation box tutorial also google “bandsaw box” for another quick method.
  8. Have you thought about publishing as epubs like Kindle?
  9. https://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?/topic/20922-knapped-steel-neck-knife/#comment-194988
  10. What is "Knife" magazine? Google doesn't bring up one...
  11. It's probably just mineralized and not really petrified. Mineralized walrus will carve just like ivory or solid bone. The center of the tusk will have a pattern that looks like solid cut cauliflower. You can download my free eBook about carving netsuke (with a little more info about carving ivory) here: http://sterlingsculptures.com/wp/?page_id=315 Good luck! Tom
  12. JP, For $10, you got a deal, assuming it works. It's good for basic engraving. This will answer most of your questions, sharpening gravers is the first task - if you can't do that, Do Not Pass Go: http://www.bladesmithsforum.com/index.php?showtopic=24166 Best of luck! Tom
  13. I'd enhance what you have. A strong solution of potassium permanganate painted on carefully with a small paintbrush (several applications) will radically darken the porous parts of the antler (eventually almost black) and a light sanding will lighten the more solid areas. Don't get it on the bark or that will change color as well. Allow to dry completely, then seal. This is not a stain, even though it looks purple in solution. It is a strong oxidizer, and oxidizes the organic material to dark brown or blackish. In other words, a very rapid aging. Try this link for an example: http://www.thecarvingpath.net/forum/index.php?/topic/800-potassium-permanganate-on-antler/page__hl__potassium__fromsearch__1 Good luck! Tom
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