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Hi, I'm an artist someone new to sculpting with wood.

Currently I'm sculpting a tree... I'm cutting walnut dowels at odd angles to become wild tree branches. I need to join them (ideally with minimal tools as I don't have a shop) for sanding and sculpting. This will not be terribly large, we're talking 3/4 inch dowels extending 12 inches or so, so joints won't be bearing much weight. Since, I don't know of a way to clamp with odd angles, I was thinking of drilling and using thinner dowels?

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Perhaps a small diameter double ended wood screw.

http://www.doorfurnituredirect.co.uk...ndjxoCT5jw_wcB

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Thanks Johnep... I will try those. I think I may even have where the one inch length (which is the smallest i can find) might be too long.

I was consider drilling a hole straight though, inserting a thinner dowel straight through, then using butchers rope to tie around dowel ends and tie tight. Does this sound crazy?
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1) Use suitable diameter plastic knitting needle, roughened surface.
2) For small branches, drill suitable size hole in trunk and insert end of branch.
Not exactly sure what butchers rope is. Me, I would use epoxy or car body resin filler.
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Since real branches actually bore into the trunk (actually, the trunk grows out around the branch), why not just use spade bits to drill holes in where you want the branches to be?
With a spade bit (inexpensive and suitable for what you're doing) you can start the hole with the guide point, then angle it to pretty steep degrees, if desired.
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