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  1. Novice Carver

    Figure 8 pattern for fish hook lashing

    This is a response for Damien's request to learn the snood lashing for the hei matau (fish hook pendant). It is my first attempt at an instructional video and do to limited bandwith I have kept it short by simply showing the fig.8 pattern to follow, hope this helps.
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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.
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    Carver Canuk

    Hello to all of the wonderful creators on the carving path, those who have dedicated their hands to making the world more beautiful, this is my salute to you. My Name is Steve, I am Canadian, and though I love the land that raised me, I am not a patriot. I have visited many countries with differing cultures, and in every one I have found a brother. It is our separation which is the illusion. I enjoy philosophy, astronomy, symbolism and studying the mystery religions. Economics and monetary theory are hoaxes we must quickly see through before a powerful elite rules a slave race, but I digress. Bone for me is a spiritual thing. It's form and composition are testament to the life it once supported. This impression is never lost, no matter the forms it takes or the age it lasts. I have a tremendous respect for North American native traditions surrounding the respect for animals spirits. Even beef bone is precious to me. Cows are enormously powerful animals, beautiful and strong, happy to be peaceful, and well equipped to defend themselves. Their bone is strong and thick, milk white and great to carve. God bless the humble cow! That they have discovered bone carvings dating to the beginning of man, it excites me to think "who might see my carvings thousands of years from now?". I wear each completed piece to allow it to absorb some of my essence. So far I have only made pieces as gifts, though I have met a lot of people who have asked to buy one, I find money does little to inspire me. I would love to use carving as a method to support my families needs, but a debt based monetary system only devalues all that can be bought with it (hence why destroying our natural resources is so rampant). My beautiful wife Miranda and I, in New Zealand for a year while she does teacher's college on exchange. I was only just recently introduced to bone carving while traveling New Zealand this past year. I met a spry old Maori river guide everyone called Bones, living on the bank of the Mohaka River (the place of dancing) in the shadow of Te Waka. He carved, and played all sorts of musical instruments, and at 56 he was in better shape that most North American 26 year olds. He shared my affinity for cannabis and we spent many nights talking well after dark sharing stories. I also spent a couple months in Gisborne where I met Marilyn and Ewen from the jade shop. They supplied me with used diamond bits and allowed me to rummage through their off cuts, as well as suggesting Stephen Myhre's book. Looking through crates of west coast jade blew my mind as to the patterns and colors of such a noble stone. I have worked a few jade pendants and copied the whale tale from Stephen's book with a piece of inanga jade. I feel very fortunate to have a forum to learn from so many talented artists and craftsmen. I hope as I continue to learn, my own contributions might aid to the re-awakening of man's creative potential. So far I have worked primarily through imitation and experimentation, but as my skill and learning increases I look to create new and original pieces. It is easy to see the Maori influence in my early work. Stephen Myhre's book really upped my game. Mania are generally carved with the head of a bird and body of a man and represent a guardian of spiritual energies. I like the inclusion of the whales tale, representing sky (bird) land (man) and ocean. I made this for my brother. This is a fertility tiki I made for my wife. Beef bone with paua shell inlay. The red fetal tiki is from horse bone and was a lot of fun to make. Miranda and I are working on making our first baby. I plan to revisit this piece as my hand carving skill is honed to create some finer details. I was however very happy with the paua and mother of pearl inlay. Fantails Rock! This was a design suggestion from my wife and I was fortunate Bones was willing to share some pieces of whale bone with me. In Ontario we call the furled leaves of ferns, fiddle heads. The Maori word for such a spiral is koru, representing beginning, life and harmony. This has been my first real departure from rotary tool to hand gravers. As I have learned it is the only way to create such precise lines. I have yet to learn how to finish the surface in the depth of the carving, advice is welcome. Thank you for taking the time to learn about me. I have really been enjoying reading the who's who myself and seeing all the magnificent works of art. I look forward to learn about you.
  14. 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.
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    Different style lashing

    Cool use of the solomon's bar, I've done that pattern before to make lanyards, but it never occurred to me to incorporate it into the bone carvings. I'll definitely be borrowing that idea and posting some pictures. Thanks for contributing to the communal brain.
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    New Work

    Awesome stuff Magnus, I've been checking out all the artist's web sites from THP and I really appreciate a lot of your design details, this ring is a case in point. I am a long way from venturing into metal work but I know who I'll be checking in with when I do.
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    Morning on a flower

    So amazing, this forum never ceases to shatter any ideas I ever had as to the potential of carving. I am looking forward to seeing more of your work.
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    Figure 8 pattern for fish hook lashing

    Glad it was helpful. I'm looking forward to seeing it on some of your finished pieces.
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    Hello from Ottawa, Canada

    Awesome stuff Phil, I'm excited to learn from your posts.
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    Cultural Differences and Art

    Hey Phil, I realize this is an older post, but it is one that I strongly relate to, as cultural influences far removed from my own heritage, have always had a profound influence on my artistic expression. I feel it is important to approach cultural styles and practices with respect, like a guest, adopting the valuable aspects, in order to further honor the source. There is no new thing under the sun, even though there may appear to be cultural divisions, what is practiced now has been, borrowed, blended, fused, forgotten and found again. Culture is a transient thing, and only when it is flexible enough to change with the age can it survive. Man's most unique and powerful tool is the ability to learn from the experience of another, and other cultures often provide us completely new ways of looking at things. I think it is all about sharing and respect, two wonderful aspects of humanity.
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    Carver Canuk

    Thank you all for the thoughtful comments, it is truly good fortune to find oneself welcomed into such a community. Every time I visit I continue to be amazed by the works posted. I know I am fortunate to have progressed so quickly but I also understand the importance of patience and getting a solid grip on the basics. The fastest way to ruin a piece is to try and force it before its time. Yes Irish all of the pictures posted above are my carvings, of course I did select only ones I was really happy with. I also do quite a bit of digital photography and was influenced to take some glamor shots of my carvings, a la Brian Brake's style, after spending days in the Gisborne library looking through Maori art books. Maybe some day I can make trips to photograph some of the great artist's work from the carving path. Thanks Billy for the further information on the Tiki and whale tail, I believe there should be sensitivity when borrowing from other cultures, and symbols should always be used in their proper context. Maori culture has really impressed me, so any interesting history and tradition you are willing to share is always welcome, maybe we'll get the chance to rub noses some day.
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    Recent Works

    I'd totally smoke that pipe, nice work.