"Yes, I use a cylinder bit in the Dremel to do a lot of carving. It's what I'm most comfortable with at this time. I think your photos are wonderful - they do communicate a natural, tropical air, which is perfect."
Yes, spirals can be tricky. I use a dremel rotary tool for all my carving.
I really like all of your gourds - very inspiring! Thanks for sharing your work. How long have you been doing gourd art?"
"Aloha again Neola, I bought a small proxxon jigsaw recently from Amazon but only had one blade and broke it right away, as I think my gourd was just too thick for it. So need to order more blades. That's what I was going to use for cutouts. As…"
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Yes, I use a cylinder bit in the Dremel to do a lot of carving. It's what I'm most comfortable with at this time. I think your photos are wonderful - they do communicate a natural, tropical air, which is perfect.
Aloha again Neola, I bought a small proxxon jigsaw recently from Amazon but only had one blade and broke it right away, as I think my gourd was just too thick for it. So need to order more blades. That's what I was going to use for cutouts. As far as using the dremel for carving, what bit do you use most for carving? I have a dremel also. Glad you like my Honu's. Will be sure to check out your latest cutout piece. Anxious to see it!
Some of my photo's were done in a studio, then my publisher gave me some tips and I can take photo's at home. I love your cutouts, especially the large green tropical leaves. I was wondering if you would be interested in including some of your work in the gallery section of my book about projects for the mini-saw.
HI Neola! I meant to comment on your FABULOUS gourds too, just beautiful.
We are from Hana, moved here 7 years ago. My husband is a local from there, I lived there 26 years.
The sandalwood dye is not taken from the rare sandalwood, yes I have just learned about all the common ones that grow around here. There is a guy that harvests the bark and sells it for $25 a bag. Soaking it I get about 15 gallons of dye. It is amazing. you just put it in water in a bucket, and that amazing red color comes out quiet quickly. It kind of looks like cranberry juice but more mahogany colored.
I have done a lot of the Niihau method over the years, and pretty much have it down. There are some tomes to does not work, just how it goes. SO I use the "failed" ones to do something else with.
If you come to the Big Island look me up. I should have a great crop in my the summer.
I have a patch of bamboo here in Missouri and I have been harvesting it for garden stakes but I thought I would try using it for the legs on a suspended urn. I took off the idea from a book by Ms. Peterson. She had a suspended asian style round bottom gourd that she mounted on a wood frame. But I thought I would like to use the idea of a suspended or raised round bottom gourd I just can't decide to use glue only or to use bamboo pins w/glue or small dowel pins. Anyway I guess I will just have to experiment. Practice, practice, practice is a good mantra but I need some patience! Thanks for your input. Mark
Thanks for the message Neola! Your gourd problems sound like mine. It depends on the weather and our growing season if my gourds are thick enough to do any carving and burning. I live about 15 miles south of Lake Erie and our weather the last few years has been very uncertain. Your work is beautiful.