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  2. https://www.invaluable.com/auction-lot/william-bill-robertson-igma-artist-colonial-dollh-185-c-5b64122a73 Karen's dollhouse shop has an Estate Auction listed. Don't Hesitate, Bid Quickly! This is definitely one to watch. There are many other wonderful items in this auction too. I wish I had deep pockets! Good Luck!
  3. WeekendMiniaturist

    Flexcut Carving tools

    Cherry is much harder to carve with hand tools! There will not be a lot of hand carved cherry chairs in my world - like 1 chair only. I think a knife would be easier to manage then my carving tools, but it is interesting experiment.
  4. WeekendMiniaturist

    Flexcut Carving tools

    I used my flexcut carving tools tonite on basswood. Carved with no issues... and perfect size for my hands. Next I will try carving Cherry, as the rest of the chair is cherry and it will be odd if the carved back isn't cherry too. I really need a bench with a hold fast, that would make this easier... but I love carving and quite happy with my first attempt with basswood for practice. I am working on a contemporary French Chair, that was published by the Dorsett(s). The plan is to cover it with petitpoint... someday far into the future.
  5. “I Love My Table Saw” Lunch and Learn By Pete Boorum Join ‘Smaller than Life’ Pete Boorum as he describes the features and operation of the Proxxon FET Table Saw. Topics covered include set up, operation, blade changes, trouble shooting, use of accessories and what different blades are available and where they are used. There will be a question and answer session at the end. Sun. Feb. 14th 2:00pm Eastern Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81949942063?pwd=Y29sZm15R3FqSFNYeFJJVWxzVk51Q…; Meeting ID: 819 4994 2063 Passcode: 919469
  6. WeekendMiniaturist

    Testing

    Thank you for the tip. That is a very pretty caliper, elusive but pretty. I had to google search it to find it at Lee Valley as I could not get any search result on the US website, initially. There are so many wonderful tools to buy at Lee Valley! I will try the flashlight first; if you here someone screaming over the weekend, it's me, and I blew out the wall. But days later.... I'm pleased with the rim. Rosewood is sooooo hard to hollow.
  7. MeezerMama

    Testing

    I have the register calipers from Lee Valley - smallest I've found but IMO still not usable for what you're describing. I find a super bright penlight flashlight to be the best wall thickness checker there is. Shine it inside the turning with the flashlight all the way up against the rim. While it won't give you a calibrated answer, you'll be able to locate places where your walls are thinner than other places. If you can't see any light at all, then you're not in danger (yet) of punching through (ignoring of course the possibility of a tool grab ...) EDIT: What I was
  8. WeekendMiniaturist

    Testing

    I updated my 100 hours topic with the two most recent wood turnings. I need a miniature tool to get inside of these pieces to figure out how thick the wall is; I know it is too thick. The rim is nice and thin though of the vase. Do these come in miniature size? Does anyone know of a resource for me? The 1.5 hours on the vase is because I was little scared of blowing out the wall from the inside in an attempt to hollow it out.
  9. WeekendMiniaturist

    IGMA announces online learning Opportunities: Cabin Fever? Join the fun in 2021!

    I've heard through the grapevine that a couple of classes have already filled... here in an opportunity to learn from IGMA Artisan(s) without the travel and the safety of your home! Membership at IGMA provides a discount - (I'm a general member). https://www.igma.org/members/join.html IGMA members get discounts on classes and your attendance at the Guild Show is free, but IGMA does not require you join to participate in our educational opportunities. I have taken a class with Sandra Rubin, my first year of Guild School, 2006 and took a class with Michael Yurkovich at th
  10. Laura from the National Toy & Miniature Museum interviews William R Robertson in the Series Premier on January 24, 2021. You are able to get a birdseye view of his workbench and he discusses his most recent project, a Scale Miniature Octant. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrh2hZH3xZo&feature=youtu.be
  11. WeekendMiniaturist

    Using a Wood Lathe/ The first 100 hours

    Fast forward 3+ years later and I'm way past that first 100 hours of bonding with my lathe. I spent an entire summer learning to measure and turn to specific diameters and lengths on my taig lathe to complete the Guild School Needlework stand turnings - and just need to index them for the flats... more on that project later in the year. I was obsessed with a chair build in 2020 so I didn't turn much last year, so I thought I would try and turn something at least every other weekend beginning January 2021.... So here are my first turnings of 2021... 1) Is a too tall hat stand - th
  12. WeekendMiniaturist

    Testing

    I was doing a little Amazon shopping tonite... Just a reminder, that we can get the bazillion dollar company to donate to the guild... There are soooooo many things to do in 1/12th scale that I don't know where to begin... I think I should try and finish a couple of my guild school projects though.
  13. Mesouth

    Testing

    I’ve been busy teaching youngest granddaughter first grade, but still getting some minis in - mostly catching up on unfinished projects and updating my inventory. So, there are four of us still reading! I wish we could get something going on here. Martha
  14. WeekendMiniaturist

    2021 GUILD SHOW in Hartford, CT (USA)

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    I'm going with the word optimism for today! Are you feeling the lack of miniature show blues? While the online shows were fun, and those who able to participate in online classes are grateful... there is nothing like going to the Guild Show. I have been lucky to attend twice, and really recommend the show. The demonstrations are great way to ask an experienced artisan questions and there are yummy, (non-fattening?) desserts too... If you need something special for your collection - this is the show to attend! More tempting details to follow - including vendor list, and hop
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    Imagine the world's citizens are vaccinated and we can travel again! I double counted... there are 24 incredibly fun classes that have space available for 2021! It isn't too late to register for Guild School 2021... https://www.igma.org/guild_school/2021/class-information.html If you have questions about Guild School experience please ask... if we can't answer from the forum, I'm sure I can put you in touch with MiniRedLeader, IGMA's School Director, Barbara Davis. Miniature *M*A*G*I* C * happens at Guild School! Make 2021 the year for
  16. WeekendMiniaturist

    Greetings...

    I hope Miniaturists around the world Test Negative and can work or play with their miniatures! Happy 2021!
  17. Bill Hudson

    Greetings...

    HAPPY NEW YEAR,
  18. WeekendMiniaturist

    Testing

    Yes, there are three of us reading the forum! Meezer Mama, no, I put a headshape at the top of it for a hat... but have great disc sander and can easily get rid of the sphere. It isn't like I don't have two rulers and a pair of calipers on my table with my lathe... just turning with no concept of height for some unknown reason. I think I was mesmerized by the luck of this beautiful wood grain. I was imagining a vase, then the elements from WRR's Needlework stand and just free hand turning without a care in the world... then SCREECH, this is too tall for 1/12th scale. It is just
  19. Bill Hudson

    Testing

    Picture of stand please. I am having problems visualizing it.
  20. MeezerMama

    Testing

    Perhaps your too-tall hat stand can be made into a pedestal for a small table?
  21. WeekendMiniaturist

    Testing

    Please prove me wrong. Is the forum broke and no one can post to the FMF?
  22. WeekendMiniaturist

    Testing

    Today, instead of working at work, as I should have been... I snuck into the workshop with dear husband and turned a way too tall hat stand from a lovely piece of honduran rosewood that was meant to be a pen blank. I usually warm up with turning by turning two hat stands from a pen blank handpicked from the inventory of my local privately owned hardwoods store... and have collected bunches of blanks of exotic wood. I experienced some obsessive - ness with my mini chair build and just have a couple more chairs to complete, but finding I lack the energy to finally finish and to finish; I suspe
  23. WeekendMiniaturist

    Chinese Cart

    The Chinese kart was a wonderful project to watch unfold; I don't know why the forum is so quiet. But I check in to see what is happening in the miniature world!
  24. Bill Hudson

    Chinese Cart

    I will probably go back to making wagons. I have pictures of a little grocery delivery wagon. I found it at an antique fair several years ago. I am in the process of drawing it up now. I am really reluctant to post the progress here as no one seems to be reading this forum. If they are then they are not responding. I put a lot of mu time and energy posting photos of the progress of my projects but I feel I am talking to myself.
  25. Bill Hudson

    Chinese Cart

    I could not get this project of the ground. The tiny details are too much for my nearly dead fingers. Perhaps some day I will make it in a larger scale. I really like this kettle kit.
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