Saturday, 13 July 2019

Latest output from the Rock Lab

OK, so I haven't posted for a bit but it has been a little hectic around here. We had visitors from Vancouver Island and a few days later daughter Lisa arrived. Then daughter Sandra joined us for a few days along with Lisa's daughter Sydney and Sandra's son Erik.
Are you getting all this?
As well, the tourist traffic has picked up so I have been busy selling.
But since I have a fair bit of finished local stone, I thought I'd do something with a few beautiful slabs Vickie brought back from out west. So first she defined shapes on the slabs that she thought were the most interesting and then I cut them out, ground them to their final shape and polished them and here are the results. The first pic is a group of cabs made from an Australian stone called Mookaite that my Aussie friend Ted brought me on one of his visits. He was actually born in Montreal but lives there permanently now.
This stone is a very hard type of Jasper and because of that, polishes beautifully, showing amazing colour and patterning.
The next lot is cut from a slab of petrified wood brought to me from my friend Glenn Cook from Arizona. It too is extremely hard and takes a great polish that highlights the amazing organic patterning.
Vickie was in Kelowna last year and visited Black Mountain Artisans owned by the Rembrandt of lapidary machine restoration, Carey Sirhan. You should really check out his restored machines that are truly works of art. In any event, he parted with two treasures. The first is a gorgeous specimen of Picasso Jasper (which is actually a form of limestone), a stone that gets its name from its striking patterning.
She also brought back a small slab of a rare commodity called Biggs Jasper, found at Biggs Creek. This stone started life as a volcanic mud that cooled on the surface of one lava flow and was soon covered by another. These stones are truly beautiful and rare and are going to make some spectacular pieces!
They actually look more like mahogany than stone.
And finally, I finished a few more local pieces and a nice moss agate to round out the lot.
So now it's time to let the wheels cool off and clean the place up, making sure to carefully collect the sludge so Vickie can make more paint! I certainly have an interesting winter ahead of me!
When finished, these pieces will be available in the store or on line at the Seawall Fibres web site but if a particular piece "speaks to you" let me know and if it is still available, I would be happy to do something custom for you.

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