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Saturday, 16 June 2012

Tales From The River Bank.

Making the most of any good weather we have had i decided on Wednesday to take a walk down by the river. I grabbed a few things and took a leisurely stroll  until i found a spot to relax and enjoy the surroundings. Sitting comfortably by the river bank i then started to carve and file my way through a piece of ivory i had picked up on my way out, i find that sometimes working with the most basic tools can yield the most satisfactory outcomes. To be honest i had no idea what so ever what i was about to carve indeed most if not all of the items i make like this just seem to appear from nothing. After around 15 min or so of working the ivory i paused for a second and looked down into the gravel of the riverbed and spotted a tiny piece of broken clay pipe stem this really is nothing special for this area as i have walked the fields many times and come across sometimes perfect specimens which still retain the full stem. With thought in mind i now knew what this piece of ivory was destined to become.




After having spent virtually 7 hours and a spot of lunch i made my way home. The pipe i had carved i decided needed a box to keep it safe so after a couple of days of rain and showers i ended up with this.





The box is covered with a very fine leather and on the top is mounted a brass motif of a mermaid indicating the pipe may have belonged to the captain of a ship.


The size of the pipe would dictate that its also known as a ''church warden'' with a slight curve on the stem and measuring just under 2'' which at first i thought seemed a little large but in fact some of these clay pipes could measure as much as 3ft in length.



The box has been lined with a purple silk which also shows the tiny pipe off to its best.
The pipe may not look much for amount of time i spent sanding and filing at the ivory but to me its not the amount of time that's important, it was the fact i had a wonderful day in a perfect setting and at the end walked away with a tiny treasure. Sometimes the most simplest things in life can be the most enjoyable and rewarding. This piece will be added to my For Sale section later and will also come complete with the tiny section of the real pipe i found in the river which gave me the idea to create this miniature.
Have a great and safe weekend  everyone.  Tony

16 comments:

  1. Beautiful! :D It has so much character!

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  2. I understand the time that you put in. Not only did it result in a beautiful miniature, but it probably helped heal the bad karma that you had last week. That had to be terrible! I am happy that you are back at it!

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    1. Thank you Caseymini,It was a wonderful day and a perfect way to escape for a while.

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  3. Hi Tony! "Sometimes the most simplest things in life can be the most enjoyable and rewarding". Wise words. I often work like you, I can make the most interessant miniatures. When I have to do something, it does not work for me! I love freedom and tranquility during my work!
    Glad you enjoyed your walk and rest!
    Have a great and safe weekend too. Greetings, Ilona

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  4. this is lovely and you are right about the place you carved it being a beautiful setting, no wonder you were inspired

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    1. Thanks Sal,this place hasnt changed since i was a toddler appart from the trees getting taller :)

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  5. Gorgeous! I am always surprised by the ideas that "show up" all by themselves! This was a Great idea! The box is Gorgeous and shows the pipe Perfectly. It sounds like the Most Idyllic of Days.... sitting by a Riverbank for hours with nothing to do but carve and muse....!!! (Makes me think of "The Wind In The Willows" for some reason....)
    I'm so glad to see your latest work!

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    1. Thank you Daydreamer, it was a perfect and idyllic day, its funny you mentioned wind in the willows i remember reading this when i was quite young and it to reminded me of this place:)

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  6. A walk in the nature brings wonderful ideas.
    Hugs from Craftland

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  7. It's amazing! It must have been very difficult not to break off the thin part of the pipe while working on it. And the box is superb. To have such a good story to go with the piece makes it even more special.

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    1. Thank you Iris, it is actually quite plyable but i did get to the point where i thought Hmmm best leave it at that just incase i do break it :)

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