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36 Meadowville Avenue
Christchurch, Canterbury, 8024
New Zealand

+64 27519 0724

Andrew Doughty is a New Zealand based Bone and Stone carver and artist. Each carving is handcrafted with love. His wish is to create carvings that communicate peace and hope.

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How are bone carvings made? Why are bone carvings often referred to as Taonga (treasure)? Why in New Zealand is it traditional to bless a carving before it is worn?

Within this blog space, I will explore these questions and endeavor to illustrate how they are created.

Over time, I aim to create and build up a useful resource for others wishing to explore this craft. 

 

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Learning to Carve - Pt 3 - Tools & Equipment – Burs

Andrew Doughty

When starting out it is useful to have a good selection of burs to play with and then over time you will start to get the feel of what personal preferences you have. You can buy them in sets or purchase them individually. When purchasing individually, you can buy single ones or any number you like. Usually there will be a discounted price for a packet of 6. I am referring mostly to purchasing from a Jewellery tools supplier, rather than the local hardware store. The local hardware store will usually only sell sets and will have limited range. You can order online from a Jewellery tools supplier however I think it is helpful to physically go in the first time to eyeball the sizes. This helps so you have a reference point for future orders too. Even now I still order the wrong size time to time!

You can get Tungsten steel, which is more expensive but lasts longer, or your basic tool steel drill. I mostly use the latter but for fine detailing I do like a good Tungsten steel bur.

I will focus on the standard sized shank to fit quick release hand piece tools which is 2.35mm. I think that you will also be able to apply the same information to the 3.2mm burs however as I do not use that size, I cannot comment on the range of sizes and shapes available.

The following burs are the main ones I use all the time. (Although I do use others for specialised work) …

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The small voice of an Artistic Protest...

Andrew Doughty

This carving is a protest piece. While this content may be a bit controversial it is not my intention to offend anyone... 

I was going to price this carving at $43,269.23, however, I have settled on $18,173.08 NZD. I will accept any offers over $10,000. This simple carving represents 4.5 hours work. Now I do not seriously expect anyone to be bold enough to pay this much for such a carving (as nice as that would be). If you continue reading I will explain how I reached such a costing…

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Welcome to the Bonecraft Blog

Andrew Doughty

How are bone carvings made? Why are bone carvings often referred to as Taonga (treasure)? Why in New Zealand is it traditional to bless a carving before it is worn? 

Within this blog space, I will explore these questions and endeavour to illustrate how they are created. I hope readers will gain a deeper appreciation of the art form and understand what transforms a carving from being an ordinary commercially produced trinket, into a special treasure that holds power to bless our heart and mind. I hope to create and build up a useful resource for others wishing to explore this craft. 

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