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Carving from Belgorod
Posted 05 January 2017 - 05:21 PM
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Posted 05 January 2017 - 05:47 PM
I sent an email to your wizard using Google Translator and he responded VERY quickly with how to find more information on his tools. Now I have to go look and do more translating, but he is definitely willing to add anyone to his client list. It may take some time to figure what I need and to get the details on pricing and how to do a transaction, but for those interested, he seems happy to have new clients.
Thanks for sharing the information on contacting him.
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Posted 05 January 2017 - 10:25 PM
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Posted 05 January 2017 - 10:48 PM
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Posted 07 January 2017 - 06:10 AM
Alexander, yet another thanks for the clear explanation of how you work. I'm hitting myself in the forehead, I have many diamond points for rotary tools, but I never thought of using them in a pin vise.
Also, now I have to get a set of those carving tools too. Sigh.
I'm just starting with ships, haven't yet carved a figurehead, but I have considerable experience with chip carving.
I also have made some of my own tools, this is my general-use knife, it has a blade Ron Hock of Hock Tools made for me, wenge wood handle, and a brass balance piece that I turned on my little lathe.
And this is my X-acto replacement. I have a clear design in my head for a v2 that I want to try to talk Ron Hock into making and selling, basically a quick-change knife like an X-acto but with much heavier blades in various shapes made by Ron Hock, intended to be sharpened and should last for years.
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Posted 07 January 2017 - 10:58 AM
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Posted 08 January 2017 - 02:56 AM
Thanks Alexander. Since I use basswood, if nothing else it teaches you to sharpen an edge. A couple of those very thin parts in the middle are cross grain, so the edge has to be seriously sharp to do that and leave a good surface with all fibers cleanly cut. When I'm doing this I strop the knife every 5-10 minutes and resharpen it every 45 minutes at most. And that's using a knife with excellent steel at Rc62, I don't suggest trying it with anything less.
In case anyone wondered about Ron Hock's tools, 95% of the carving above was done with the detail carver knife at the top of this page (I don't use a big fat knife like most chip carvers do). Except that I modified the handle and the shape of the blade a bit. I sharpen it for basswood at a very fine angle so there's basically no separate bevel, the two sides of the blade converge on the edge. That fine an edge won't hold for long no matter the steel, hence the requirement for constant resharpening.
Geometrical carving is a good phrase for it, another would be "stupid tricks you can do with a compass" The outer decoration in that carving is divided into 14 sections of exactly 25.7183 degrees, and I most surely didn't do that with a protractor.
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Posted 11 January 2017 - 09:36 AM
FYI folks, I've been going back and forth in mail with Mikhail, the maker of those tools Alexander has that we all want to steal from him, and I have some more info for those interested.
He's making these tools from high quality taps made with R6M5 steel and although he didn't say, that should put the Rc hardness at 63 or maybe 64, so these will be like Japanese tools, very sharp but you definitely don't want to twist the tool in the wood as the cutting edges will be fragile.
R6M5 is a high speed steel with the normal chrome/moly of HSS, but also high in tungsten and vanadium, the edges should hold for a really long time. On the down side, not at all an easy steel to sharpen with hand methods, but that shouldn't be a problem with these small tools - you really don't need to remove much metal. I'm not sure I would like a 1" straight chisel made out of this steel, but seems to me a very good choice for a micro carving tool. Also many say HSS simply can't take and edge as sharp as A1/O1 simple steels, but the difference is going to be really minimal with these tiny cutting edges, offset by the high quality and consistency of steel from a well made tap, and he says the supply he has is very good. And remember Alexander is all excited about them and that's good enough for me.
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Posted Yesterday, 02:20 AM
Your work is outstanding. Especially do to the scale and size. Have you ever done a full scale sculpture?
If Michael Angelo were here, I believe he would say "how did you do that.............that's exceptional, outstanding, would you teach me".
Your work should go in a museum.
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Posted Yesterday, 03:10 AM
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Posted Today, 12:52 AM
Thank you for rating.The drawings in this book
I have those books, hadn't seen those drawings. I will go look. I'm going to buy a set of those tools from Mikhail, he says around February, and Minerva looks as good a figurehead as any for a first try. Plus I have all your photos to refer to
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Posted Today, 02:08 AM
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