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Carveco = Vectric?

I received an email a few days ago from a software company named “Carveco”. It was an introduction and an offer to pre-invest in CAD software that replaces a product called ArtCAM. I had not realized that Autodesk had shut down ArtCAM last year. It appears they sold out to this Carveco group. ArtCAM was pretty much the top level program for 2.5 D CAD/CAM in sign making, wood carving, and what I do in my jewelry design. It’s like the super-set of Vectric Aspire

I chose Vectric Aspire because back in the day […] Continue reading » Carveco = Vectric?

Feel the Love

I enjoy exploring new challenges. They permit me to stray from a hard and true single-minded repetitive process. I am OK with that, because mostly… what I do, is what I enjoy.

I glance at the road around and behind me from time to time. Sometimes I see people following where I am headed. They are the “fans” who love whatever I make.

Occasionally there is no one there. I made a change to a road less travelled when no one is watching. This time it was the road to the mountain of new knowledge and skills.

I have a little moto, that keeps me on track while doing […] Continue reading » Feel the Love

The Spirit of Hand Tools

Hand Tools

From the perspective of an artist, working with hand tools provides a direct connection between an idea of form developed in the brain and the expression of that form in a tangible creation produced through muscle control. Using this concept, the bare hands are also considered a tool.

The topic here is hand tools but extending the idea a bit further, any part of the human anatomy can be a tool. For example, a finger nail can be a scraper.

There is a distinct dividing of hand tools between powered and non-powered. The importance of this division is often a subject of debate concerning the […] Continue reading » The Spirit of Hand Tools

KautzCraft studio

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I have a new start-up business named KautzCraft Studio. I just added permanent links to the left hand column of this blog. We also have a page on Facebook. Visit either site to see my art!

I have been producing very nice cast silver jewelry using the Lost Wax process for several years. This is where a […] Continue reading » KautzCraft studio

Mass Production?

Wax mold example

My wife Gloria sold some of my lost wax silver work today. That’s good! But now I have to get busy and and get some more made. Lost wax casting is not exactly a factory operation around my studio/workshop. Hand carving usually takes several days just on the carving. The CNC mill carving requires about a half day to do the carving if the code is already written and proven.

I do get a little faster carving when I make things several times. That’s just the wax carving part. There are quite a few involved steps before I have a finished piece. The time […] Continue reading » Mass Production?