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Benzart
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Joined: Jan 09, 2004
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2007-07-20 02:03 am   Permalink

Perry, that IS a Beautiful Combination and very well done. I use the 4 grit combo foam stick from Walgreens(made to buff and polish fingernails)to sand and polish the shell. Goes fron saw cuts to mirror finish in minutes and it takes the saw lines out of wood too. You have really been giving us some fantastic stuff, but like you said and I'm sure you've heard me say a thousand times: "Its ALL Practice for the next piece" so keep on practicing, I still am!
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McTiki
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Joined: Aug 22, 2004
Posts: 1962
From: Sunny Florida
Posted: 2007-07-20 02:58 am   Permalink

Interesting stuff this wood. Nice crafting the Perry!


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Tamapoutini
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Joined: Aug 30, 2006
Posts: 1530
From: Aotearoa (New Zealand)
Posted: 2007-07-20 3:49 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2007-07-19 22:44, T_birdman wrote:
Hey Perry, I really like the look and the shape of it, I don't know what it is but I would like to see it when it's all done.





*I reckon I know.. Looks like a stylised lip/chin-moko design to me!..?

Glad to see you persevering with the green stuff. I admire the fact that you are virtually teaching yourself and achieving some success. Back in my bone carving days people would often ask 'do you carve jade?' and my only responce was 'no idea; it's another world away, different tools, etc' - and this was living in a country with a firmly established jade industry. It can be a very mysterious and intimidating craft to the uninitiated. You would do well to sort yourself a better handpiece if the one you are using isnt up to scratch. Try not to be too hard on yourself for these early efforts; I can see by your other work that you have the necessary skills/precision, etc; its really just a matter of finding some half decent stone and practice, practice, practice, (experiment), practice. It takes time to really understand any material & you've picked one of the most difficult! Believe me, I look back at pieces after only a few weeks or months and often feel a bit embarrassed. Our skills keep on improving and I guess this is just a part of the journey - Think about it: if your skills are constantly improving, you will keep producing better & better work, and therefore; you will ALWAYS look back and find yourself cringing a little.

My suggestion to you (if you want to get really good or make a bit of pocket-money) would be to 'specialise' in something; say, these new composite lures, and really thrash ideas/techniques etc around until you NAIL those tricky suckers. If you say that getting the wood and shell to laminate nicely (and I believe you) is tricky, then become the best at it - any potential competition will fall behind and you will be able to offer the best examples available. Invention is good; if you can invent something (a technique, style, whatever..) then it is all yours and only available from you. If competition arises or sales slow, invent something else. Invention and creativity. Creativity in marketing is just the same as creativity in making. -I go on about sales as I know the confidence (as an artist) that comes from the 'verification' that comes from selling a work (the money is nice too!).

Sorry about the ramble; not sure where it came from. Hope there's something of value here for you.haha

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Robin
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Joined: Jul 01, 2007
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From: where the road and the sky collide
Posted: 2007-07-20 5:27 pm   Permalink

Hi PDrake....I love that shape. Sometimes I think the jade has to speak for itself...this form lets it do that.

I think your lure could be wearable art as well...really like the combination of wood and paua. Paua is like a handful of rainbows eh?
Good luck with it...very nice pieces.




 
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kiwishaman
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Joined: May 31, 2007
Posts: 212
From: Aotearoa
Posted: 2007-08-13 8:02 pm   Permalink

Hello PD - we have'nt heard from you lately. You been doing any carving?

KS


 
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kaha ki'i
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Joined: Dec 13, 2005
Posts: 277
From: Laguna Beach California
Posted: 2007-08-14 1:29 pm   Permalink

hey brah...

You likem the kahawai eh? Its nice to see you work so passionately. And yes, matching the shell overlay to wood is a bear. But after some practice it gets so much easier! Ive made 30 or 40 kahawai lures and it does get easier...

Abalone does have some strange shapes sometimes but after a while youll know exactly where on the shell makes the best overlay, which makes it less of "trial & error" kine guessing game...

keep it up brah. make a moke like me proud...
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pdrake
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From: las vegas
Posted: 2007-08-14 8:14 pm   Permalink

not really working right now.

 
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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2008-02-08 07:26 am   Permalink

Hey Perry, WHERE ARE YOU? Missing seeing your Stuff!

 
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pdrake
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From: las vegas
Posted: 2008-02-08 8:19 pm   Permalink

thanks, ben. i'm in the process of cleaning my work area and getting things organized. i've let things get a little disarrayed. as soon as that's done i'll be back on the horse.

 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2008-02-08 8:43 pm   Permalink

AW' Rite! Can't wait!

 
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pdrake
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From: las vegas
Posted: 2008-02-10 6:39 pm   Permalink

well, i'm back on the horse. the only thing i have to show so far is that i totally forgot all about the "spinning bone of death".





 
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Benzart
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From: Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Posted: 2008-02-11 1:34 pm   Permalink

Looks like you were reminded pretty quickly,,OOOUCH!

 
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pdrake
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From: las vegas
Posted: 2008-03-26 4:49 pm   Permalink

well, now i'm carving again. i plan on having a bunch of stuff for the tiki caliente show. i'm also teaming with one of the most talented carvers on the board to offer a limited edition, resin pendant at the event.

mahalo!





 
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seeksurf
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Joined: Sep 27, 2007
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From: Buckley, WA
Posted: 2008-03-27 4:59 pm   Permalink

Nice what is it made off Bone & stone?

 
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Paipo
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Joined: Jun 22, 2006
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From: Aotearoa / NZ
Posted: 2008-03-27 5:14 pm   Permalink

That paua/wood combo looks very nice Perry. Great to see you back posting again! Looking forward to seeing the binding you mentioned...don't leave us hanging this time!

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