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Hi! I just registered after finding this site by accident a few days ago.

I am relatively new to carving small pieces so am hoping to pick the talents of some of you people out there.

I have been carving mammoth ivory and fossil walrus for a while (there is a ready supply up here) and if you like you can check my website: www.tonypainterdesigns.com.

I live just out of Whitehorse in the Yukon (our lowest temperature this winter was -51C), one of the nicest places in the world to live, despite the cold.

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Hi Tony,

 

Welcome. -51C jeez, I won't complain about the cold any more.

I like the jewelry carvings you are doing. You mentioned that they are Mauri influenced, do you have any web or book recommendations that will show their work.

 

Thanks,

 

Don

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Hi Don,

You can try all sorts of fun experiments when it is -50C, like throwing a cup of boiling water in the air and watching the pyrotechnics. Or at least that is what it looks like: huge clouds of steam, accompanied by hissing and crackling. At least it amuses the kids!

A great book that shows some beautiful Mauri inspired work is: Stephen Myhre's book Bone Carving, A Skillbase of Techniques and Concepts (ISBN 0-7900-0039-3)

I was given it at least ten years ago but still use some of his techniques, mainly because I haven't found any better ways of doing certain things.

Interesting to see your name in this forum after seeing it so many times related to knives in Blade etc. You are one talented artist!

Tony

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Thanks Kathleen,

I haven't seen too many books related to Mauri art work. although I am sure they are available in NZ. Most of the info I get is from the internet.

Tony

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Hey there Yukoner

I just registered, thought you'd like to know that there is a wonderfull artist in our neck of the woods, his name is Shane Wilson. I met him years ago and it's been my pleasure to watch him transform into an accomplished artist of first caliber. He is in your neighbourhood, go check him out T-BO

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Hi,

My name is T-BO,

Living in Yellowknife Northwest Territories Canada

Been frozen in time for nearly 30 years in the north of Canada with the odd trip out

Got carving full time 23 years ago and have never looked back ( well not for too long ) I have some experience in different mediums and love the creative process.

I think it's great to see a group of artists and artisans coming together to chat about stuff and share their knowledge. I wish I was closer to the rest of the world, I guess this will do until I win the lottery and can visit the worlds carvers. I dont spend a lot of time on the computer, too much to do, winter is setting in once again. Got to go cath me an aurora! Cheers

 

http://www.looknorth.ca/10_artGallery/tbo.htm

 

(Some of this stuff is ancient)

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Welcome Tony!

I agree that Stephen Myhre's book is a great addition to a carver's bookshelf. Even better addition if it's open and next to his/her work area :D

I like his work a lot and it was traditional Maori carving that got me into this in the first place.

 

I also liked the work in your website. Though, I felt jealous about the ready supply of fossil walrus you mentioned :)

Well, I suppose it was at least not oosik envy :P

 

To those interested in fiding more info about Maori carving I post here a few useful links in no particular order:

 

http://www.aotearoa.co.nz/bones/

http://www.boneart.co.nz/

http://www.maori.org.nz/

http://www.craftinfo.org.nz/ (contains some of Myhre's work too)

http://www.carving.co.nz/ (with some explanation of Maori symbolism)

 

Hope all this helps

 

-t

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