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Raymond Johnstone

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  • Birthday 11/07/1945

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  • Location
    Tappen British Columbia Canada
  • Interests
    Carving Minatures, Woodworking, Ham Radio, Rockhounding
  1. Raymond Johnstone

    Entwined Leaf Duet

    Your Irish roots are showing, With a little Celtic knot feel, And nice fluid transitions.. Nice to see your new lens at work,look forward to more... Ray
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    Christine, Yes it was a real brain twister figuring out the hinge points,but I really wanted to have the seams blend in. After doing a bunch I now have an intuitive feel for the points, they have a lovely snap to they're open/closure. The only hard part is finding shed elk antler that is suitable..For even finding sheds is difficult add to that suitable size and condition, it cuts down the candidates.. The good part is I live in the boonies of British Colombia, so it's a good excuse to hike the mountains in feb/march.. Ray
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    Sorry Janel I thought the same thing when posting it, can't see the pin's.. Voila Ray
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    New Camera for Macro Recommendations

    I am still learning all the bells and whistles on my Konica Minolta 7D, the 35mm type body and thru the lens focus make a big difference. I had to buy the 50macro lens for it, cost $500cdn , it's an expensive camera, over $2000cdn for the body alone... But when one has a couple of thousand dollars worth of lenses that only fit that camera body, nice camera and I suspect the price will come down in time.. Only recomended for those with deep pockets or lots of lenses ..Or like myself has a generous brother.. Ray
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    Lovely work, Christine. I often think simple is best, but not always easy. Here is a simple pin hinged lid I made as complicated as I could. Since I cut the lid to follow the lines of the antler and not square, the hinge point on each side was different. Afte doing about 30 of them they are a snap.The Pins are sterling,wood is mahogany and the antler is shed imperial elk.
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    Jim I guess I can throw my apologies into the ring as well . I was impressed by your choice of wood it added so much to the dessicated feel of it.. And what would a lowly hard stone carver have to say about wood? Other than beautiful and well done. Ray
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    I do hair modeling.java script:emoticon('') smilie Ray
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    Finally a new start

    I'm still fiddling with piano keys, got them inlayed in the ebony.. and the two images are not meant of course to be together, but there seems to be a lot going on. So much can be said with just a few strokes of the blade, And of course the twisted mind of the craftsman. Janel thanks so much for your help and advise with my lame photographic skills, they are improving,albeit slow. Ray
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    Creative Play

    I'm just about to inlay these recycled piano key ivories into ebony.. Since you asked. Ray
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    Having worked antler for over 30 years I think one should know a few things about it, First is the strongest antler is from an animal that has been slain.. It is less porous,it becomes porous so it can be shed.. There are so many factors in determining antler shape, size and consistancy.. If he is of breeding age is a factor, how much food is available is also a factor.. I prefer to work shed horn for philisophical reasons rather than practical .. And the age of the material should not matter if it has been stored properly.. I oil all my antler with mineral oil, before storing and once a year go over the material with mineral oil, I think organic material cracks from cells drying out, I like the old timers line of Oil once a week for a month, once a month for a year And once a year there after. And the bad smell one get's from working antler, usualy comes from overheating.. Hope this helps. As for the Simba stag, I've never had the chance to work with it.. Ray
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    The Thomson Collection

    Greetings The Thompson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario is a must see for any person who is interested in european 15th century miniature carvers, Allways one of the places I spend time at when in Toronto, there are a few netsukes, but the bulk of the collection is european.. Mind boggling stuff on the tiniest scale.. And the Modigliani show wasn't too shabby neither Ray
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    Quartz Creeper

    Greetings Thought I'd add my newest unfinished piece to the mix, It is Granite, quartz , and a sliver of a conglomerate in between.. The material was found on Georgian Bay, I've had a few people ask me if it's glued on? Which I take as a compliment..For it is of course carved.. Ray
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    Personal Style

    Janel, I too harbour the same thought that a piece will find it's rightful owner.. Mind you my pieces have a much harder time of it than yours being kept from the market place or from being shown.. It is something I continue to wrestle with.. The wonder of nurturing images out of nothing , other than an idea or notion.. I find that facinating enough to keep me going.. But the whole marketing and hustling ones work is beyound me... I guess dropping out in the sixties effected me more than I realized Ray
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    You can try lee Valey Tools I have found some nice pieces there, but that was a few years ago, worth a try.. There also was a wood supplier in London ont that sold some..The name escapes me.. Seems to me there use to be a few exotic wood supplier's in TO.. Unicorn was one.. Sorry I cxan't be more helpful than that Ray
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    Dean Being a stone carver my eyes just lit up at the size of the saw, SWEET! Is the jade a matrix thru base rock or just polished to seam like it?? And being a BC resident I wonder where your from?? Of course with my eyes on the stone. Ray