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A CONE BELL
1. Flat triangle of 1/8" mild steel plate.
2. Wide part of triangle is hammered thin and flat.
3. Hammered section is curled into a cone.
4. The tip is drawn out into a narrow, four-sided, tapered point.
5. The point is hammered until it is round in cross-section and
the end is filed smooth. The cone is opened out.
6. The point is curled into a loop. The cone is given its final
shape and quenched in water.
7. The bell is wirebrushed to remove firescale.
8. The bell is returned to the forge, heated until it turns black,
and quenched in peanut oil to give it a glossy black finish.
SPIRIT BOAT: Forged iron, catfish
bones, hemp cord, leather, copper wire, mica discs.
Stone Flute Necklace
Forged iron, copper tube beads, handcarved
calcsilicate hornfels beads (Helvetia, Santa Rita Mts., Arizona), 6mm
In Memoriam: Whittaker Freegard
On March 10, 2006,
I lost a beloved friend and the world lost a master gem carver. Whittaker
specialized in gemstone flutes and ocarinas. His art reflects
his love of the earth and personal connection with the stones. It
literally embodies the strength of his heart and will, and his pieces are
treasures that transcend time and culture.
Nodule Ocarina in Key of F by Whittaker Freegard, 1995.
River pebble from Salisbury, England.