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Novice Carver

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  • Birthday 07/05/1979

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    Ontario, Canada
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    I have always enjoyed whittling wood since I was young, and attempted basic carvings with a pocket knife. Just recently I have been traveling through New Zealand, which of course has a history steeped in carving. I met an older Maori Bone Carver living on the bank of the Mohaka River, North Island. This was the first I was exposed to the transcendent beauty of bone. The practicality of a functional Polynesian fish hook, with the aesthetic beauty of an artist's masterpiece. I have an immense respect for the skill and patience necessary for carving, (bone, wood, stone, etc). I humbly accept any advice from those who have come before me, for without their knowledge my own success shall be limited. We still struggle to match the skill of the ancients, even with our technological advantage, because it was with more than tools that they carved.
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    Carver from China

    Awesome work Bro, wicked dragons.
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    Dorsa Carvings

    Dorsa, awesome carvings brother. The snakes with entwined tails reminds me of the caduceus, symbolic of the DNA double helix and the rising of consciousness. Are there any legends in Iran regarding the sons of the serpent? I wish I knew more about your culture, but I'm afraid what is portrayed by western media is not very accurate. Great to see your work.
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    Mice in a pumpkin

    Dude your work is inspiring.
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    Mesopotamian Cylinder Seals

    That would be so fun, I've never seen that before. I'd love to make something like that. I have always enjoyed making sand sculptures. Here's a few I have done. There is something satisfying about accepting the impermanence of the things we build with our hands, while enjoying their fleeting beauty.
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    Hi. Yet another Kiwi. (naturalised, in this case)

    Scratch that last question, I just checked out your site. My wife and I just returned to Canada from New Zealand a few days ago, (that's where I started carving) wish I could have visited your shop. I have played the great highland bagpipes for many years now and also have a small set of kitchen pipes. The pieces you have made with the native timber look amazing. There is so much I want to learn from the skilled people on this site. I'm just going to check out some of the sound from your different pipes, really excited to see and hear your work, glad to meet you on the path.
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    A boxwood musical instrument

    So cool!
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    Hi. Yet another Kiwi. (naturalised, in this case)

    Sweet Ocarina Yuri, I have a Koauau (Maori flute) a friend made and I am interested in trying to make a bone flute or incorporate bone into a flute. Do you make any other instruments?
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    Hello From Los Angeles

    Cool dolls!
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    Greetings from India !

    Cool stuff Bro, I'm interested in working with armor in the future so it is sweet to have someone on the path who has such experience. I'm looking forward to seeing some of your work.
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    Cool carving bro.
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    Carver Canuk

    That would be great, thanks for taking the time, cheers.
  12. Hello Janel and my fellow carvers. I have just had an extremely successful few days and would like to share the experience with you. The very first carving I ever made was a small Hei Matau (fish hook pendant). I wanted to make it like a functional hook, as the tradition came from the successful Maori fishermen who would wear their prized hooks when not employing them. Since that first carving I have made several hooks, with Myhre's book, and greater patience, my results became worthy gifts for my loved ones. My friend Bones gave me some whale bone to work with, as my skill increased, and I took great care to make a piece worthy of such a valuable material (I posted a picture of the triple koru I made for my wife in the Carver Canuck thread). Since then I have made many more friends around the islands and met another Maori bone carver named Ben. Ben and I met a few times as I frequented his shop for inspiration and advice talking carving for hours. I mentioned my interest in sourcing whale bone to make a hook for my father and he said I might be in luck as he had a fairly reliable source, who would often commission work and provide material. A week later Ben had wrangled me a beautiful piece of whale jaw bone, I couldn't believe my luck. This was definitely not a piece I was going to take lightly or rush into. I understand and appreciate the belief surrounding the source of whale bone, having washed ashore being a gift, or being whaled having been tainted. Not knowing the ultimate circumstance of the whale's demise, I decided that I would sleep with the piece of bone under my pillow, and not touch it until I had a vision of what I was to reveal from within it, a carving worthy of a whale's spirit. Weeks went by and ideas began to flow but nothing really stuck out, until I traced the bone on paper to see how I might conserve bone and make multiple pieces. As I held the bone in one hand and looked at the shape on the paper I began to draw a stylized hook that became a Mania. It was perfect, exactly what I was waiting for. The design also left lots of bone for another carving, then lightening struck twice. I had planned one hook for my father, for him to wear and gather his Mana, to become a family heirloom. But if I made two, I could also give one to my brother, who after a year would trade hooks with my father and then each of us would be left with a whale bone hook our father wore, sweet. Then the most unexpected thing happened as I began to carve the hooks. As well as a few small pieces I used for making toggles, there was a third piece large enough for another carving, brilliant! But how to use this third irregular shape, surprisingly it came to me straight away as I saw the profile of a Tiki face in it. As it took shape there were other images incorporated into it (there are a few, what can you see?). The left over piece, the shape I didn't intend, became the greatest piece of all, this piece was for me, and it was most certainly a gift. I leave New Zealand in 5 days after a most incredible year, I could not have imagined a more suitable memento.
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    Cultural Differences and Art

    Every time I visit TCP I learn something valuable. Comments here are always thoughtful and progressive, what a great community to be a part of!
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    Carver Canuk

    You're right Triple D, I haven't really delved completely into the realm of rotary tool bits so it is exciting to find there are still some techniques that can help me up the level of my carving. For now I have been using flex shafts, and did have the good fortune of starting on a foredom but more recently have had to rely on the cheapest make of rotary tool (lots of vibration) and only a small selection of bits. I am returning to Canada soon and will begin investing in proper tools. If you could make a picture of a base set of bits you would suggest that would really help get me started, cheers.
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    Different style lashing

    Nice triangle toggle too, I may be using that on my next piece.