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pdrake
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Joined: Jan 13, 2006
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From: las vegas
Posted: 2006-03-29 11:38 pm   Permalink

man, this wood is hard. yes, he bit me.



 
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Loki
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From: Boca Raton, FL
Posted: 2006-03-30 04:57 am   Permalink

Purple heart is like steel. Ask Benz about it...i dont think he will ever carve it again. It sure is pretty wood though. Hope the bite heals quickly.
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AlohaStation
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Joined: Sep 27, 2004
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From: So FL
Posted: 2006-03-30 06:28 am   Permalink

Purple heart is not a good hand-carving wood. I did some stuff (pen and pencil set and a bottlestop) on the lathe with it and it turned out beautiful. The color is so rich and it finishes like glass. Good Luck.

 
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pdrake
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From: las vegas
Posted: 2006-03-30 08:17 am   Permalink

thanks, now i'm not sure what to do with the rest that i have.

 
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Loki
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From: Boca Raton, FL
Posted: 2006-03-30 08:21 am   Permalink

pdrake, If you have a recipricating chisel on a flexshaft that would work real well. The Fordoms can tear into that and do all the work for you. Dont give up on it.
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Sneakytiki
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Joined: Mar 31, 2003
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From: Boise, Idaho
Posted: 2006-03-31 01:19 am   Permalink

My dad got injured, then got a purple heart, u got purple heart, then get injured... hope you heal fast, I like seeing your work.

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pdrake
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From: las vegas
Posted: 2006-03-31 08:42 am   Permalink

thanks alot sneaky.

i bought a flexshaft and some chisels, i'll start back when i get it.


 
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2006-03-31 09:49 am   Permalink

New Toys - OOOOoooo. Try the rotary bits on the PH, they will have better effect than the power chisels on such a small piece of hard wood. I would suggest practicing with the chisels on a softer wood (cherry is perfect) before dedicating your self to more Bandaids. Power tools - gooood.

 
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pdrake
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From: las vegas
Posted: 2006-04-06 7:01 pm   Permalink

he's slowly coming out. even with the flexcut chisels it's like garving steel.



 
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crazy al
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Joined: Jun 25, 2002
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From: CA
Posted: 2006-04-06 7:20 pm   Permalink

look for a purple heart pare of Tiki shoes i did in '96 in this next issue of Tiki Magazine...i think they will be in there... hard

 
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pdrake
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From: las vegas
Posted: 2006-04-06 7:23 pm   Permalink

did you just finish them? i think that's how long this piece will take.

 
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Sneakytiki
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From: Boise, Idaho
Posted: 2006-04-07 12:46 am   Permalink

Wow, the chisel marks and the sheen on that thing look like it's rock your carving. U r probably doing it right taking your time and not getting frustrated or hurt, nice progress.

 
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AlohaStation
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From: So FL
Posted: 2006-04-07 06:20 am   Permalink

Try using a rotaty bit instead of the chisels. You may find that it works faster and you will be less likely to chop off a digit. If you think its shiny now wait till you put a finish on it.

 
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