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B.K. Henderson-Winnie

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  1. B.K. Henderson-Winnie

    The carving path

    Hi Janel, I think archiving this site is a great option, and I'll be happy to contribute to the costs of that. There is just so much valuable information here that isn't readily available elsewhere it is worth preserving. Along with all the good conversations! Trying to keep a balance and have right livelihood in changing markets/environments/conditions is difficult, to put it in mildest terms. I applaud the fact that you are making your living as an artist, whatever the medium! I don't think a lot of people understand that to choose life as an artist, for most people who don't come to it with ample financial resources, is to choose a life demanding flexibility and resourcefulness, as well as sacrifice and constant assessment of the market, constant hustle. And real and constant work in striking a balance with family obligations and all else life demands outside of the studio and stage. I see it all the time with the performers here. Skill, even brilliance doesn't always guarantee success (where success = you are able to keep doing it for a living). And some success doesn't mean that it will continue, even if the work continues to be really good. I could launch off into a whole multi page tangent about craft, value, and its relationship with income. And the question "who am I making this for?". But I won't right now It is also true that if this forum ends up going into archive-only mode, any new enthusiastic carvers that come along and want to make a forum of their own and keep it active, they will. I hope if that happens down the road, that we can point them to the archive as a helpful resource. I treasure the opportunity I've had to learn from the contents of this site, and to get to know and befriend the person responsible for initially bringing me back into artmaking, and whose work continues to inspire. They say "don't meet your heroes because in real life they often disappoint", but that has been dramatically untrue in this case. I am glad to know you, and to continue to follow you work & life on facebook, Janel. I'm grateful for all you have given and continue to give. You're pretty special, too! Whatever you decide, it'll be the right thing. With gratitude, Bonnie
  2. B.K. Henderson-Winnie

    The carving path

    Hello Janel and all, I am sorry to not see this post until months and months after the original posting. I am glad that you decided to keep it up and going Janel, though I completely understand wondering if it's time to shut it down due to lack of activity. I haven't been on in a long time, mostly because I've been working a lot and my carving has slowed to a crawl. I'm chipping away at that mountain called "saving a down payment for purchasing a home" which has me taking all the paying work I can. I do think I need to ease up on that, though, because too much work takes the spark right out of life. I am grateful to have so much work but it is at the expense of other important things. I am happy to say I think I've solved all my physical issues and hope the coming year will be a more open and productive year for me in regards to the carving. I'll put a check in the mail, Janel, and am happy to do it if for no other reason than to help preserve the valuable info here. I will make an effort to be a more active commenter and poster too! Thanks to you Janel, and to everyone here for all you do and have done. Bonnie
  3. B.K. Henderson-Winnie

    First/Early Pieces?

    I like the softness of this piece. Makes me want to touch it and turn it in my hands.
  4. B.K. Henderson-Winnie

    Braiding jig

    Thanks so much for this grouping of articles. Bookmarked!
  5. B.K. Henderson-Winnie

    Architecture Inspired Carving On Stone

    Oh wow, those are simply exquisite. I love the sense of form and formless space inside the stone. Wonderful.
  6. Hello! I made this little water spirit talisman/netsuke in 2015, "Miss Moisture" She is made from camel bone, rainbow moonstones salvaged from old jewelry, white moonstones, sterling silver. I remade the silver settings to better fit the stones. The inlay on her back is made from ground turquoise and ground freshwater pearl. The inlay was made with the paste technique I described in a previous post. 1 5/16" x 1 1/8 x 3/8" (3.3cm x 2.8cm x 1.0cm)
  7. B.K. Henderson-Winnie

    Throwback Thursday (a day late)

    Hi Janel, It does! Thank you The signature inlay is a carry-over from my metalworking. I have a maker's mark stamp, and I simply stamped it into a little circle of silver, then inlaid that. I ordered the custom stamp for my maker's mark from Rio Grande, and it cost about $70. B
  8. B.K. Henderson-Winnie

    Throwback Thursday (a day late)

    Thank, you, Niky! B
  9. B.K. Henderson-Winnie

    Throwback Thursday (a day late)

    Hello all, I made this lector's pointer back in 2013. A good friend had just gotten her master's degree in archaeology. She was lecturing and teaching classes regularly, and lamented that she had no good pointer stick to use. I thought I should make her one. I put a hornet on it to help her keep all the students' attention on her lecturing- because everyone in the room pays very close attention to what's going on if there's a hornet in the space! It is 25" long with a 3/4" handle. Main shaft made of cedar, with rose cane, mammoth ivory, Siberian jet, copper, ebony, and sterling silver in the grip and other components . sketches pre-inlay mammoth section, roughed-in hornet the sections were screwed and epoxied together hornet with finished paste inlay of Siberian jet pointer tip, alternating layers of ebony and mammoth ivory maker's mark cartouche on end of handle
  10. B.K. Henderson-Winnie

    Roughing out with power chisel

    Ed, Sounds like a delicate process. Sometimes it just goes that way I guess. Better luck with the next one! Bonnie
  11. B.K. Henderson-Winnie

    Throwback Thursday (a day early)

    hi Ed, Initially I put it there for scale, but decided that a dime might be a clearer object to use. Eventually I went ahead and lacquered the dollar fragment on there, though,, because I thought why not? A little material support talisman couldn't hurt
  12. B.K. Henderson-Winnie

    My Jade Carving

    Hi Raj, Nice first one- I like the little translucent area on the lip. Or is that a lighter spot on the stone? Do you have more photos with different views? Bonnie
  13. B.K. Henderson-Winnie

    Great Site

    Oh yes! This fellow's work is amazing! I have him friended on facebook, and he posts a lot of process photos as well as those of finished work. Thanks for sharing, Ed! Bonnie
  14. B.K. Henderson-Winnie

    Throwback Thursday (a day early)

    Hi Janel, The wet paste inlay technique can be done a couple of ways, depending on the coarseness of the grind of your inlay material and the viscosity of the adhesive. For this piece, I took fine jet dust from filing a piece of jet with a fine file and mixed it with just enough epoxy to make a paste. I then used a toothpick and a needle to fill the little pupil cavity in the eye. I did the same for the little half-and-half inlaid face. Once it has cured, you can file or shave the hardened paste down to the material's surface. With this method, I try to get as much of the inlay material into the paste mix as possible, so there is a good color density and richness. If there are low spots after the first application, more layers of paste can be added, cured, and shaped until the desired surface is reached. The other way I've done it is the dry packing way. That is when I carve a channel and then pack it with the ground inlay material. Once the channel or pocket is full, a low-viscosity adhesive is introduced to the surface and is pulled down into the pocket of inlay material by capillary action. For deeper inlays, to ensure it bonds well to all internal surfaces, I will often lay it in in layers. This method works well when the inlay particles are a bit coarser than sawdust and the adhesive is very low viscosity, like low viscosity watery CA glue. This method also seems to work best with non-wood materials since the cellulose in wood sawdust catalyzes the CA glue and prevents it penetrating between the granules or particles of inlay material all the way to the bottom before hardening. I learned about that the hard way! I have used this method with materials like ground turquoise, pearl, and other similar materials, and it works well for larger granules of materials that don't contain celluose.
  15. B.K. Henderson-Winnie

    Throwback Thursday (a day early)

    Here's a bone oni mask from 2007, and its accompanying ojime, and owl mask/transformation. They are made of beef bone with Siberian jet paste-style inlays and an amber inlay for the oni's eye. I can't find a size listing for this set, but there is a dime in some of the images for scale. I'm also a little irritated at myself for not taking any good pictures of the back side- I didn't think I'd be wanting to show that to anyone back then! It's basically a bridge-shaped arch of bone spanning the mask from side to side that the cord passes under. I also wish I'd taken a few more views of the ojime when it was finished. Seems I only have some in-process photos, and only one that shows a little bit of the jet shading used to highlight the "feathers" on the finished bead. Oh well. I had been looking at a lot of Inuit art and was fascinated with depictions of half-and-half transformation masks. Inuit masks and carving are some of my favorite artwork to look at when I need inspiration. Oni mask: owl mask/transformation ojime: in-process: You can see just a little bit of the jet inlay between the feathers in this one, and the roughed- in mask Wet jet inlay paste filling the lowest pocket underneath where the eye inlay will go. The next step was to cover the iris area with gold leaf, then adhere the amber dome on top of that. I believe I had just read what Janel had written about how she does those gorgeous frog eye inlays and wanted to give it a try.