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Rosewood Spirals

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a piece of rosewood (?) carved with spirals.

2/26/07 - I ran into some people from the place I bought the wood from. I'd been told it was rosewood, but these guys said it was one of the many hundreds of woods that are called ebony. This is much lighter than the African Blackwood bits I have, and not as streaky as the Gaboon Ebony ones. I've read that the color varies a lot with how close to the center of the tree, how fast the tree grows, etc. So I'm leaving the name the same, and declaring myself confused about the wood. It's a very hard wood, anyway.
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craftyfarmers's avatar
Awesome carving! Looks really cool.
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RockBarnes's avatar
I cannot get rid of impression/imagination that this is a close-up of a Maori sticking out his tattooed tongue :lol:
RockBarnes's avatar
Indeed, I forgot something...
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ttomagreb's avatar
Mysterious as all your work. But balanced and calm.
DonSimpson's avatar
Thank you. The mysterious is one of my favorite qualities in art. :)
EagleWingGallery's avatar
You really do have good control, this is very intricate. Love it.
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:) I've learned to balance the cutting ability of the tool against the resistance of the material. I love both intricate and simple stuff. Simple isn't always easier, because there are subtle things in the proportions that have to be done right.
meath01's avatar
have you ever visited Newgrange passage grave in Co. Meath Ireland? your designs are very similar to these ancient symbols, your work is excellent
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I have never visited any of the old workings, but I have seen many pictures and diagrams of them, and of similar work from around the world, and they are obviously a major influence on my art.
Zen-Art-Gallery's avatar
Im thinking of returning my stylus and getting a more powerful dremel with a flex shaft - what is your advice?
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I'm not that familiar with the Dremel line; even my Foredom isn't the latest model.. I'd advise something with a high rotation speed.
Zen-Art-Gallery's avatar
Soo cool! what do you use to carve these with and skulls with? I recently got some boar and deer skulls and antlers from my property.
DonSimpson's avatar
I keep getting asked this. I'm going to have to do a little essay on this that I can refer folks to. Meanwhile, go to Badger Skull A and read all the comments there, which covers stuff like bone cleaning, tools, safety precautions, and such.
Zen-Art-Gallery's avatar
Thanks but just wondering, do you EVER use a dremel? I just purchased one and am about to work on my first antler.
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Yes, sometimes I do. Nothing wrong with them, I just find the lighter weight of the flex-shaft handpiece handy. And a lot of the cutters I use with the flex-shaft are made by Dremel. Just remember to use a good respirator so you don't breath the antler dust (or bone or shell dust), which will mess up your lungs. Hold the tool so that if it grabs the material and pulls itself along it doesn't hit you (or anything else important). And a foot pedal speed control is useful for accuracy and safety.
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thanks! What kind of respirator? I have a dust/odor/fume mask
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Whatever keeps dust out.
Zen-Art-Gallery's avatar
Thanks - what bits do you tend to use to carve? All of this came with my stylus:

• Stylus Tool • Docking Station • 191 High Speed Cutter • 194 High Speed Cutter • 106 Engraving Cutter • 7144 Diamond Wheel Point • 84922 Silicone Carbide Grinding Stone • 403 Bristle Brush • (2) 414 Polishing Felt Wheel • (2) 429 Polishing Felt Wheel • 425 Emery Impregnated Wheel • 421 Polishing Compound • 512 Abrasive Buff • 430 Sanding Band • (2) 438 Sanding Band • (5) 412 Sanding Discs • 401 Mandrel • 402 Mandrel • 3/32" Collet • Wrench • Case
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I have several dozen High Speed Cutters, and some Tungsten Carbide Cutters, in a lot of different shapes (mostly different sizes of ball and cylinder, a few buds and cones). I use corners of cylinders for v-shaped grooves, ends of cylinders for sunken areas, and so on. Experiment; get a feel for using the cutters and what they can do.
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