Tagua nut for carving

three carved tagua nuts front, two whole tagua nuts behind┬áCarving taguanuts is almost as hard as carving soapstone. Difficult to hold and hard, sharp tools are essential and rotary power tools work the best. Holding the tagua nut is accomplished by either sanding a flat area and gluing it onto a board, pressing it into modeling clay, putting a screw into it to secure it to a board or using a vise. You can find tagua nuts “in the raw” in a number of places. Amazon has tagua nuts available Bags of 10.

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    • Hi Ron,
      the size and thickness requirements can be difficult to come by due to the fact that the voids inside the nuts and the nuts themselves are close to the limits of your needs. That being said, your best solution would be to contact the suppliers on our site as well as one world projects (http:/oneworldprojects.com) to see if they can fulfill your needs. Sounds like you have an interesting project! Send us a picture or two once you’ve finished it, we’d love to see it.

  1. Hello,

    i just stumbled onto this website: Huzzah!

    1st: i ordered a 1 pound bag of nuts from treelikeusa.com 10 or 12 i think.
    The thing is, since amazon’s 10 pack isn’t covered by their Prime feature,
    the shipping is almost as much as the product itself.
    Not to dis amazon because i order LOTS of stuff from them.
    Treeling had a reduced-shipping deal going on last month which made them
    more buyer-friendly.

    2nd: The nuts came with a very brief instruction sheet; maybe just two sentences.
    Of course i have lost it; something to do with soaking them in very hot water
    to make them workable.
    i managed to skin one with my Wecheer rotary tool; no problem.

    But, does anyone have those directions? i’d like to saw one into slabs,
    but as is, without a laser beam, even my mini saw is lame.
    Alas, i keep my cutting edges surgery-sharp (no i am not a surgeon, so
    don’t even ask me about your hip!)

    Any help, suggestions or Buck Rogers Ray-guns would be much appreciated.


  2. I have heard of soaking bones in water first but NOT tagua nuts. I would love to hear if it is doable. I used a hack saw to make slabs, and plain old abrasives to polish. A dremel works great.
    I respectfully suggest cow bones, you go to the store buy big bones for soup. Boil the heck out of it (make sure they cut off the joint end exposing the “spongie” end before the boil, remove the marrow return to the soup stock.

    Next make the soup while reboiling the bone in soapy water with a few tablespoons of baking powder or soda, (whatchagot handy), you could also add some ammonia at that point.

    While the process is long and ain’t cheap it lens itself to good sized slabs you can use to make knife/gun grips, (there is a technical term I cannai remember for knife grips). Bone can be sawed easly into pieces with a standard hack saw. Common abrasives to smooth and polish

    Dyes, well you can try various leather dyes or for a natural looking scrishaw color, try left over coffee and tea. Shape and drill any holes, or recesses for mounting B4 you carve it.

    Do that soak each time you do work then wipe on some oil soot (lamp black), rub it in, (use gloves) let it set polish off then seal the stuff .

    Diamond stylus’ and dremels work well on bone and tagua.

    • Hi Chris, thanks for the comment. You can soak taguanuts, but it doesn’t make them easier to hold onto- just a bit softer and easier to carve. With bones, dogs help too as long as you can get the bone back(grin). The knife slabs are known as scales ( tend to forget that one too).

      Nicely written step by step with the bone! Thanks again,


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