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I started egg carving in September of 2011 after seeing some carved eggs. I have always liked working with my hands, so I thought I would give it a try. I started out with chicken eggs since they were easy to acquire, and fired up my Dremel rotary tool. After going through about 36 eggs and only having 4 that made it through the process I figured I needed to do some research. I found out that a Dremel tool was the wrong tool for the job, I needed to get a tool that had no vibration and worked at a much higher speed. I then purchased a professional unit that spins at 400k r.p.m. and is driven by an air compressor. This tool is very similar to what a dentist uses. I then found some places to purchase other types of eggs since they are thicker and I was hooked. I think starting with chicken eggs helped because it taught me how to have the light touch and not force the bit. Once I had the new tools I started having more success. I…

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  • Born on May 26
  • Joined November 9, 2011

Favorite materials

Emu eggs, Ostrich eggs, Goose eggs

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I started egg carving in September of 2011 after seeing some carved eggs. I have always liked working with my hands, so I thought I would give it a try. I started out with chicken eggs since they were easy to acquire, and fired up my Dremel rotary tool. After going through about 36 eggs and only having 4 that made it through the process I figured I needed to do some research. I found out that a Dremel tool was the wrong tool for the job, I needed to get a tool that had no vibration and worked at a much higher speed. I then purchased a professional unit that spins at 400k r.p.m. and is driven by an air compressor. This tool is very similar to what a dentist uses. I then found some places to purchase other types of eggs since they are thicker and I was hooked. I think starting with chicken eggs helped because it taught me how to have the light touch and not force the bit. Once I had the new tools I started having more success. I taught myself this unique art form and have had no lessons, I learned by doing, and making some mistakes, and the learning process in this art never ends.

As for more about me, well I'm a big animal lover, and work full time as a Vet Tech. I have 3 cats and a box turtle. The box turtle came to me through NC State Veterinary School's Turtle Team. My fiancee is currently attending there and works on the turtle team. Geezer, the box turtle was found as a baby turtle with an injury to his eye. After he had his eye innucleated he had a lot of trouble eating on his own, and could not be released back into the wild. So I took her in and created an awesome home for her and i have to hand feed her every other day or so. My first Emu egg that I carved was for the Turtle Team and it had there logo on it. They recently had a silent auction to raise money, and it went very quick. As for my cats I have Salem who is a black DSH that is going on 19 years. I have Speedy who was rescued when someone brought in a kitten that they accidentally backed over with there car. After recovering for several months it was apparent that he was going to have to have a front leg amputated since it had major nerve damage, and he was unable to move it. But he gets around great now and is one of the most acrobatic cats I have seen. My other cat Putter was found as a kitten at a golf driving range eating trash from the dumpster. He is now 5 years old and doing great.

With my egg carving I am always looking for ways to push the art form to its limits and have a few things planned that will do so. I also just started making Jewelry pieces from ostrich egg since one of my sources for eggs sells broken shells. So keep an eye out for those.

If you have any questions about me or egg carving send me a message and I would be glad to answer anything that I can.

Thank you for visiting my shop.

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