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The girl in the window 28” x 36” recycled honduras mahogany… an untitled work

The second work is “October 29, 1929 6:00 A.M.” hope you can see the rationale for the title… if not, drop me a line and after sobbing uncontrollably (not funny) I will explain . the work is 21”x 28”

The third is a 20”x 24” life size Camphor wood book matched crotch butterfly ( oh wait , wait ! that doesn’t sound right) maybe I should have said this 20”x 24” butterfly was fashioned of book matched pieces of camphor wood crotch material ( OK, who votes I take the “crotch” out of the description completely !) sheesh oh never mind, the butterfly was not allowed because the site said it exceeded 5MB ?? too bad because this sucker is gorgeous !

OK trying again we should see a mask 9”x20” including horsehair this is one of the Iroquois False Face Society Ceremonial Masks. He is referred to by the less faint of heart, by his name pronounced Haa-Doo-We (don’t say it three times). Since it is in Dark Tones according to tradition, this was carved for “Night Time Ceremonies”
The red with brass eyes rendition of the same character is according to tradition a “Day Time Ceremonial Mask” and the last of the False Face Society Masks , the white , is that of the “Healer Breath” mask. used of course in healing ceremonies All of the False Face Society Masks were blessed by a native American Shaman to minimize the possibility of their use for evil should they fall into the hands of the uninitiated or any evil-doers . Truly.

The final mask shown is a combination Aztec representational mask carved of American holly and butternut wood it is 14” x 24” The mask main body is a representation of Tlaloc the rain god and the birds on his head are quetzals wrapped about Tlaloc’s head , and making up the eyes and other features of Tlaloc are snakes. When the serpents combine with the quetzal birds we have the representation of the blood thirsty Aztec god Quetzalcoatl.

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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#1 posted 1154 days ago

Boy I wish he’d hire a professional photographer don’t you ?

Hey fishhead ! the photographs of the masks were taken by the d….. gallery owner…not me ! If they hadn’t been sold I could re-shoot them just for you ! sheesh !

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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#2 posted 1154 days ago

Well, fishhead, I enjoy seeing your works professional photog or not. I’m really liking the variety and depth that you’re showing us. I goes without saying but I’ll say it anyway-Great Stuff!

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#3 posted 1154 days ago

More great stuff, Don.

Now next time either shoot your work first, or make sure your gallery owner knows how to use a camera. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 1154 days ago

10/29/29… That was a Friday, wasn’t it??
Fantastic work you’ve shown Sir…
Obvious talent, but also a great application and appreciation of statement
Thanks for sharing your work, and I hope to see more!!
Welcome to LJ’s my Friend!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#5 posted 1154 days ago

Liking them so far. The humor in some…..keep going.

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#6 posted 1154 days ago

Love it. You capture wry humor with fantastic talent.
Great job.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard/Wiggy.. whatever. Washington, State.

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#7 posted 1154 days ago

Great job,its keeping me interested.

-- skip I'm a maine maniac

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#8 posted 1153 days ago

Very nice work indeed!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 1153 days ago

Every project has a story, doesn’t it? That makes each so much more special and unique. You do really great work. Very creative-they all tell their story. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#10 posted 1153 days ago

Very creative work. Love the october one!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#11 posted 1153 days ago

I have a question when did you get my sister to do the modelling. Seriously nice work. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 1153 days ago

These are all nice and, although I’m not an artist, they seem creative to me and I enjoyed looking at them. My favorite was also the October piece.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 1153 days ago

Well.. you got me hooked. I spent a lot of time in Art school obsessed with the psychology of initiation rituals of primitive cultures and read everything by Joseph Campbell. Please post more masks, if you don’t have any more to post.. make more masks!!!

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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