Figured I'd try my hand at carving rock on a random river stone I found. Turns out that I can do it, but it's *really* slow going compared to working in wood. I'll have to find a softer rock if I want to try again.

Who else is working from home (where "working" could be dayjob stuff or your own stuff)?

I'm thinking about setting up some "Shut Up and Work" sessions on Hangouts or Jami (or another recommendation?). Basically a video chat where folks come in, put our mics on mute, and get shit done.

I've done this in the past and it works great. Working from home (and self-employment) can be pretty isolating. Sometimes it's nice to know there are other people in the world who are being productive.

Little follow-up. I've gotta say that making my own black walnut ink and using it as a stain on horn carvings is one of the best decisions I've made in doing this stuff.

Cold and damp outside, so I brought this piece back out to work on. Planning on filling the "sky" with crushed lapis. The eagle is cattle horn and the ring is walnut.

Weather was nice this evening, so I had a chance to burn some color into my table carving. I tell you what, a propane torch may be my new favorite at tool.

Also started sanding down where I burned the mane. There's still a lot to do, but it's starting to come together.

The weather hasn't been cooperating with me, so I took a break from the table and started to carve a tree spirit into a small scrap of wood I found a while back.

This weekend was nice enough that I was able to pull out the table and carve on it a bit more.

Then I got the plague.

Posted this on Instagram yesterday, but forgot to share it here. Just some more fun with 2-frame animation on coffee sleeves. A little sunrise/sunset thing.

Made this quick little experiment for myself. Smoked eucalyptus plays a bit like tiger eye in the light... Hard as hell to capture in a still photo, though. The liner is padauk... love the color of that. Definitely going to make more rings with these materials.

First time using my ring carving mount! I've actually carved with it a bit since recording this video and it's fantastic to work with. So stoked to make more stuff with it.

Ring carving mount assembled! Got this thing together and just about ready for its first use. It's an exciting feeling to bring something together and have it work as designed. So stoked!

All the parts for my ring carving mount have been printed! I can't wait to try it out. Assembly video coming soon.

While I wait for those parts of my ring mount to finish in my 3D printer, I figured I'd have some fun working on my table carving. It's coming along, but still quite a way from matching what's in my head.

Trying to design something to help me make stuff.

Long version: I love carving rings in bent wood and horn. But sometimes I need another set of hands. Jewelry engravers have really neat mounts for working rings. Problem is that they're expensive and overkill for the materials I work in. "But," I say to myself, "I know how to design in 3D. Why not make my own?"

So what you see here is Mark 1 of my custom ring carving mount. Starting to print it now. We'll see how well it works.

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