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Bonnie and I have taught a couple of advanced carving classes together here in Tucson. I enjoyed it but teaching is just not what I want to do. I prefer to just work on gourds. I spent 32 years teaching and just want to do my own thing now.
I hope I was able to help you with the burs. Bonnie has a nice selection of burs and they would be the ones that she uses to carve. Also, her prices are very reasonable.
I use a variety of burs starting with inverted cone that is structured tooth like a Typhoon (brand name) bur. I use one that looks like a football too. After the heavy carving is out of the way, I switch to carbide burs, stump burs etc. to shape and begin the smoothing. The smoothing is done with diamond burs and lots and lots of hand sanding. The detail work is done with dental burs in my Shofu.
If you ever get a chance to take a carving class from Bonnie G., do so. She is an excellent teacher and great carver. Now that's a lady that gets her work smooth. She brought 4 pieces to the gourd meeting last evening and I was just amazed. She has the patience to sand forever and I don't. Sometimes it doesn't matter but other times I should have done more sanding.
Hi Barbara! Glad you like my heron..I grow bamboo and I used that for the beak and the legs, also as the stems for the foliage which is artificial leaves and floral moss. I am donating him to my archery club for a raffle benefit and hope he finds a good home, I really enjoyed working on him!
Yes Barbara ....... it does look like this where I live! I live in Trasyvlavia county, which has over 250 waterfalls! And I'm right outside the DuPont State Forest and only 14 miles from Pisgah National Forest!
I simply love the way you keep so much of the gourd showing through your paintings ...... and your paintings themselves. Welcome to this site!
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