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Dixie Biggs - Resource List - April 2013

Dixie Biggs provided us the following resource list  when she visited.


Tools & supplies students should bring to class:

Rotary power carver – either micro motor or flex-shaft

My personal preference, for what I do, is a micro motor. If you have a flex-shaft and are planning to bring that, please check your maximum rpms. Some of the older ones max at 18, 000 rpms. This will cause some problems. The majority of my carving is done in the 25,000 – 35,000 rpm range. Also, if you bring a flex-shaft I would recommend bringing a portable tool stand.    Be sure to have a 3/32” collet for your carver.

Variety of carving burrs – Bring what you have, plus Basic recommendations from MDI Woodcarvers Supply 1-800-866-5728
stump cutter #20-B5 $6.75 ea.
mini stump cutters # 21-SET36 $4.95 and # 21-SET39 $4.95
Diamond cutter set #17-20SET $9.50
Typhoon bur # 37- 3F1Y $12.95 Or
Kutzalls bur #12-3F1 $12.00

Bring turned vessel or bowl that is dried and ready to carve. Be sure turned pieces have at least ¼” or more wall thickness for relief carving. The thicker the piece the more relief you can carve. If you don’t have that, you can bring a practice disc about 6”-8” in diameter (cherry or maple would be good choices). Turn a dome shape so you can practice working on a curved surface.

1” thick by about 6”-8” diameter dome shape disc

Bring safety glasses, dust mask and ear plugs. If you need magnifiers for detail work, don’t forget to bring those.

If anyone is interested in getting a micro motor, a few I would direct people to look at, that won't break the bank, are the Mastercarver Micro-Pro #793700 or the Escort III 45 Marathon #85-ES45 .

Carving Supply Sources

Wood Carvers Supply, Inc.
P.O. Box 7500
Englewood, FL 34295-7500
⦁    Mastercarver Micro-Pro Champion micro motor

MDl Woodcarvers Supply
P. O. Box 4
Pittsfield, ME 04967
⦁    stump cutter #20-B5
⦁    mini stump cutters #21-SET 36 &#21-SET 39
⦁    Typhoon bur #37 -3F 1 Y

Rio Grande (Jewelry Supplies)
7500 Bluewater Road NW
Albuquerque, NM 87121-1962
⦁    steel ball cutters
⦁    diamond ball cutters
⦁    3M Scotch-Brite Radial Bristle Discs

1305 East 1120 South
Provo, UT 84606

Christian J. Hummul Company
422 Third St. P.O. Box 522
Nescopeck, PA 18635 - 0522

Handy Sanding Tools

Pfingst Micro Sander

The Sanding Glove
17252 Big Rd
Bloxom, VA 23308

MDl Woodcarvers Supply
P. o. Box 4
Pittsfield, ME 04967

Pattern Material

Borco (also called Vyco board cover)
It's the plastic board cover used on
drafting tables and drawing boards.
Several places online carry it.
I'm able to find it at my local Art Supply Store.

Paste Wood Filler

Constantines Wood Center
1040 E Oakland Park Blvd.
Ft.Lauderdale, FL 33334

Liberon White Liming Wax & Black Patinating Wax

Crafts Supply USA