Well, a little information about me may be appropriate, I suppose ..
Repairing Steirische Harmonikas (and occasionally, 'regular' accordions as well), is another ongoing project, along with a web site for information, music, and Griffschrift training books for the Steirische Harmonika. See YOURAccordion.com for more information.
The last few years, I have been making family Christmas presents via different craft mediums, working mostly with wood, leather, and deer/elk antler. Several items have been made for club presentations for the Edelweiss group as well.
Dennis Hoshield, Bavarian Crafts
I often get asked what types of tools I use for my various projects.
Some call my woodburning pyrography, but, I consider that style usually a lighter touch .. more like painting wood. Although I certainly feather and tint wood with special tips, most of my work has more of an 'edge' than what I usually see in pyrography. My 'burner' controller Is a Colwood Super Pro II, with their replaceable tips. Several tips are used, but the one I use most ist a RT-M Micro tip, that I keep sharpened to a knife edge... so much of the 'burning' is actually 'cutting' as well. Usually, I coat my burns with one or two coats of tung oil, shellac, or 'Good Stuff, a food grade finish, sold by our local Michigan Maple Block.
For the antler carving, bulk material is removed with a small Dremel-type rotary tool. I've about worn out the one I use, and it's not made any more, so I will be looking for a reasonably priced one, but with enough 'oomph' to keep up! Fine detail work is done with a . Tips for this carver are often 1/2 the size of Dremel-type tools. This is an air driven 'turbine' carver, that turns at up to 400,000 rpm.
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