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Leon
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Autumn Leaves

Postby Leon » Mon Feb 20, 2017 6:44 pm

Once in a while I start a new work without a plan. Just playing with the material and carving and inlaying what might be a good idea at that moment. It's fun to see how it develops, how it suddenly designs itself.
This time I started with turning a shape at the late, I wanted an open shape so I could hide something.
Long story short... I present "Autumn Leaves", boxwood, 3,8 cm, inlaid with ebony, copper, antler, mother of pearl and a piece of silver-copper-brass mokumé.

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Tama
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Re: Autumn Leaves

Postby Tama » Mon Feb 20, 2017 7:54 pm

That is really lovely Leon! So much detail, thank you for having a shot with it in your hand to give an idea of the dimensions.

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Re: Autumn Leaves

Postby AFNetsuke » Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:59 pm

Nicely done, Leon. The autumn leaves are netsuke sized and the mushrooms ojime size but the himotoshi seems to be those of a netsuke. Does it hide inside taking on the function of a mokume peg?
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Re: Autumn Leaves

Postby Leon » Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:28 pm

The mushrooms hide inside Alan, you were right about that.
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Thank you both for the compliments.

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Re: Autumn Leaves

Postby DSW90049 » Tue Feb 28, 2017 3:44 pm

Leon, thanks for sharing your most impressive work with us!

This one has wonderfully intricate features, playing on the leaves theme - including one of those leaves which come in pairs and seem like wings. When I was a little boy, my friends and I used to play with those; if you peel them just right, the insides will adhere to anything (such as the tip of your nose).

I could spend a lot of time with this one, examining all facets; I am truly envious of your talents.

Especially appreciated is the pic of the piece in your hand - adding this view gives the best idea of size - far better than simply providing measurements. The 'in-hand' shot should be added to the stock series of pics of netsuke and sagemono, as it gives such valuable size information.
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Re: Autumn Leaves

Postby AFNetsuke » Tue Feb 28, 2017 4:07 pm

David, the bi-wing seed looks like maple.
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Re: Autumn Leaves

Postby Bakurae » Wed Mar 01, 2017 1:23 am

Maple for sure. We used to make "maple noses" too when we were kids, David. A wonderful creation, Leon.

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Re: Autumn Leaves

Postby LUBlub » Wed Mar 01, 2017 10:52 am

My compliments..
really a delicate and perfect job, and original subject..
As I say... beauty have no time...past or present.
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Re: Autumn Leaves

Postby jbjtennyo » Thu Mar 02, 2017 12:16 pm

A lovely carving, Leon. I especially like you highlighting the ginkgo leaf which is symbolic of longevity of life and endurance. Also the spinner from the maple tree adds promise and balance to the mix-- all very important elements to a life well lived. Congratulations on this soulful carving.
Judy

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Re: Autumn Leaves

Postby Leon » Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:39 pm

Thank you all for the compliments.
I'm pleased it brought you back to your childhood David, sweet memories.

It's hard to see on the photos, but every mushroom cap has concentric circles because I cut them from a little four branche piece of boxwood.
Just to see if I could do that.


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