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Robin's Jade Carving update 4/3 actually got one done!
seeksurf
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Posted: 2008-03-13 6:29 pm   Permalink

I don't know? Maybe someday i might try some stone.
Right now I spend enough time staring at wood.

That green stuff is simply beautiful and you sure have
a nak for it.
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harro
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Posted: 2008-03-14 05:56 am   Permalink

hey Robin,

those little butt-heads are looking mighty fine - keep up the good work!

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MooneyTiki
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Posted: 2008-03-14 09:33 am   Permalink

Aloha Robin!!! the clubs are looking sweet! The detail is looking really good cat wait to see more, Aloha , Mooney

 
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Posted: 2008-03-16 7:52 pm   Permalink

Hey Robin,

Your climbing all over this stone work. I know that you've been tossing clay around for most of your life, but man, your really good in this medium. Please keep posting progress pictures...they RAWK!
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Benzart
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Posted: 2008-03-17 7:10 pm   Permalink

Again Robin, It looks like you have solved the riddle of the Small, teeny weeny nbutt head faces as you have Really got the definition there on them all. Most Beautiful fun work .
HAPPYHAPPYHAPPY!!!
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Robin
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From: where the road and the sky collide
Posted: 2008-03-17 8:39 pm   Permalink

Hi guys, and thanks so much for your having a look and for your comments. So much praise...whew! I have so much respect for all of your work and what it takes to get there...makes it especially nice.

Currently waiting on some stuff to get into the really small spaces for more smoothing. I'm not even sure it it will work, but I'm gonna try. Keeping fingers crossed. I needed to let them sit for awhile anyway...but not to long. Also...life in general taking up more of my time lately.

Yah Seeksurf... it's probably pretty much the same...wood, stones, clay etc.. Same kind of fascination with the material. I'm having a great time learning. Just wanna get good at it. Thanks.

Hey Harro... thanks for the mighty fine...glad to see your own mighty fine in the works.

Aloha Mooney...I see that I can look forward to some pics of your work soon. That's sure to be a treat. Thank you...it's so encouraging.

Hey Babalu! Thanks for the RAWK! This is so different from clay, but equally as frustrating sometimes and as satisfying. No going back...with this stuff...you gotta commit!

Ben...Wow double praise from my master mentor...my heads gonna bust! Riddle not quite solved, but making progress. Thanks Benz. Happy Happy Happy back atcha'.

Thanks for the good words. Very nice. Yahoo!


 
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Robin
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Posted: 2008-04-03 8:38 pm   Permalink

Hey there....finally finished the kotiate. I have been trying to figure out how to get inside the small spaces, and the concave areas. I ordered some stuff which sorta worked, and then ordered some more stuff that between the two made some progress. I now have diamond discs, diamond paste, buffs, sand paper, sticks, mandrels and a whole lot more. Whirling machines and all kinds of shit flying around... It's difficult to get anything in there, but....take a look and see what you think.

This is the done one. I've decided it's not jade. It's a bit softer. I couldn't get a good picture showing light through it...it does show light, a pretty olive green around the edges...I'll try again later.



Couple of detail shots.





Next up...the double sided one. I really lost it on my symmetry quotient here...the blade was supposed to be a mirror image...I decided that it would just have to be different on each side. My mistake was almost finishing one side before I started the other...probably would have been easier to match them better if I had gone step by step on each side. I donno...





This side is just about done

This is the side I'm working on.


Sorry for the bits...they aren't really cleaned up....those close ups really show EVERYTHING!

A little progress on this one.


While I was waiting for stuff I fooled around with some more shapes. I had this end bit of jade that was so pretty that I have been looking at for awhile. It looked like a green glacier. It didn't really seem usable for a carving. Probably inspired by Paipos cobbles....I made a shape like the Tewhatewha, a two handed weapon 'rakau rangatira' the chiefly weapon. I tried just to sand the high points. I've been interested in artifacts for a long time, and this looked like one...like one that has been somewhere and done something... I'm not sure yet where it's going.

Showing that pretty green for Seeksurf


Fun stuff...earrings inspired by the 'koru' with a small toki dangle. I wear just the one with dangle, or both, one with, one without the dangle. It's that symmetry thing again, plus I've never liked making two things alike.






Thanks for looking...comments and suggestions greatly appreciated!

Happy carving ya'll.





 
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seeksurf
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Posted: 2008-04-03 9:20 pm   Permalink

Very nice Robin they came out and are coming out most beautiful.
Yes, i like the green. Thanks for the light.
I Goggled the kotiate i didn't know it was a very cool
club.
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Robin
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Posted: 2008-04-04 2:20 pm   Permalink

Hey thanks for the beautiful Seeksurf. It's been really nice to explore these and do some carvings of them, and learn something. Those weapons are so cool...glad you had a look for them.

I just wanted to post a better picture of that one with some light coming through, and a pic of a Toki from that end piece that has that ancient artifact look that I didn't get yesterday.

Thanks for looking.




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Paipo
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Posted: 2008-04-04 11:48 pm   Permalink

That sure looks like jade to me! Some nephrite carves like butter, and some are almost impossible to work they're so hard. NZ stone in general I would rate as easier to work than Aussie (Cowell) or BC stone. I've also found the inanga type jades the hardest (especially Siberian), probably because they're so pure. I have stones I've given up on because they were just too hard on the tools. (Again, this is all generalisation - there are always exceptions to any rule, even more so with stone). Your olive stuff looks like a lot some of the Wyoming stone I've seen? It still could be something else I guess - maybe you should send some over for testing?

Stone talk aside, these are mad skills you're displaying here. The kotiate is a miniature masterpiece! I love the sunken/undercut effect in the middle, and you did a great job rendering the little face on the butt. The binding and cord are just the icing on the cake - it's not often I see something new there, the scene here being what it is, but you've come up with something really original.
Don't worry about symmetry on the other piece - it would be boring to go to all that effort just to end up with exactly the same thing on both sides. Think yin/yang, good/evil...two for the price of one!
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benella
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Posted: 2008-04-05 12:32 am   Permalink

WOW Robin, thanks to you I know now what a kotiate is ! Amazing new stuff.
I'm happy to see you're working on those beautiful maori signs.
Your work gets better piece after piece.
The earrings are very good too... I'm wondering about doing some holes in my ears
This one:



will be perfect for sure.

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MooneyTiki
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Posted: 2008-04-05 04:34 am   Permalink

WOW Robin!!! You have some Beautiful carvings ging on my friend. I love the detail you have going on SWEET. looking forward to meeting you and everyone at Bens Carvin Chop,Aloha, your friend, Mooney

 
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Benzart
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Posted: 2008-04-05 06:41 am   Permalink

Yeah, What Mooney said!
Way Inspirational, unbelievable stuf. I can't believe the progress you have made and I thought you were excellent before. You are earning big chunks of respect.
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tikifreak1
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Posted: 2008-04-05 09:58 am   Permalink

Robin, your current pieces are looking really good! Great job!

 
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Robin
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Posted: 2008-04-05 4:47 pm   Permalink

Hey there. Can't tell you how much your responses mean to me. You all are practically the only folks who ever see what I'm doing and it's so great to have your input.

Paipo: Well I'm going with jade then! Thank you for the high high praises. I did think 'butter' when I was making this one....that's what made me think not jade. I love it that you turn my 'mistakes' into an adventure. Valuable insights indeed.

Benjamin: Thank you thank you....you just let me know when you get a hole in your ear and I'll send you one or two of those earrings. It's a nice way to use up those little scraps of stone. It's cool that we got to learn something together about the Kotiate.

Mooney: Aloha and thank you! Beautiful is one of my favorite descriptions ...very kind of you and thanks for stopping by. I can't wait to meet you guys and see you carving. You gonna bring the dresser?

Hey Benz: The inspiration has been here for sure. Thank you for your support and help...couldn't have done it without you and a lot of other people here. It's a pretty high bar. Hats off.

TF1: Thanks there Craig! Nice to have you back after all that work on your beautiful tiki room. How's our buddy coming along?

Cheers and happy carving to you all!


 
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