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a memory

Once upon a time, I had a jewelers bench, it was set up for me and the way I worked, a small anvil, vise, my bench block, and a must for me was the fluorescent incandescent bench lamp. I had a big window but it faced south. A northern window would have been preferred since the light would have been more constant.  It is the little things you learn that help long-term in more than one project.  I had a flexible shaft controlled by a foot rheostat.. it was indispensable for the kind of work that interested me, it was suspended over my table so I could easily access it for my various needs.  The different types of chucks available accommodated the various sizes of drills, burs, grinding stones and polishing

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To this day I hang a flexible shaft outfit from my office window, over one of my work tables, even though my Foredom gave up the ghost long ago, I still kept all the parts, just in case…   Since I no longer work in precious and semi precious metals, I replaced my need for doing smaller projects with a Dremel.  That I could use when I was sculpting with Apoxie medium, or wood.  I’m an artist with a need to express my visual pieces with depth, and texture that can be and hopefully is tactile.

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The Foredom was and is probably the tool that I most enjoyed having over the years, I can carve small rocks with the Dremel, and it does do a lot of what I could do with the Foredom, but it is what we get used to and what we use while learning and feeling our way with a new skill that adds to the dimension of our work.  I think so anyway.

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Jewelry whether we are making it or wearing it, is an art form.  What we wear, how we wear it, speaks of our way of expressing a visual statement. n’est pas?  Errr no that web piece is not something I would make or wear, but I appreciate the work that went into it, the detail, the patience .. and even more I would applaud the woman or male who would wear it.

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“Everything old is new again”  The fashion mags are showing the “Hobo” look,  vintage 70’s Hippie style  jewelry is back. hmmm I  sigh and turn the page, I no longer want to  have the  gold, platinum, best stones, and classic pieces, I never did.. I like my gemstones uncut, and the metal thick and sculpted,   that was the reason I started making my own….. but….. I’m attracted to the semi precious stones that were worn in biblical times, and during wiccan ceremonies.  I prefer pieces that speak to me, because someone wanted to express themselves by doing something different.  Not something that is manufactured and spit out by the gross.

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I’ve taken to searching out thrift shops and pawn shops looking for unique pieces that still have their past owners energy and history on them, so that they have a “voice” that can be heard by the person willing to listen… these are the treasures that I enjoy the most.  LOL this musing all because  I looked at my Dremel this morning, and thought of my long gone Foredom.

I found an amazing piece today, I don’t think a picture would do it justice, but if I find a way to show it to you, I will… meanwhile… thanks for meandering down memory lane with me.  From me to you…

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Namaste      –       Oyashikiri

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Madonna House Apostolate

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Yesterday we drove out to Combermere, Ontario, to the Madonna House Pioneer Museum and St. Raphael’s Handicraft Centre. It is a beautiful drive through cottage country, I confess to being so tired, that I fell asleep on the way up and missed a lot of beautiful scenery.  For those who know Madonna house, I need not explain it, but a short note for those who are new to Madonna House, it is run by missionaries, all items that are on display in the museum, or for sale in the shops, are donated, and ALL the proceeds go the poor.

The museum is pat of the Renfrew County Museums Network,  there is a main shop with a multitude of collectibles, curios and antiques.  There is an Art Gallery with paintings, prints and other works of art.  One of my favourite haunts is The Small Shop, a thrifty shopper’s favourite, vintage items, costume jewelry and countless pieces of interest.

It is known for its Book Shop with a wide variety of used books, rare and antique special collections. The Pioneer Museum is a must if you are interested in an extensive Canadian Collection of old tools and…. the museum was built from 100 year old hewn logs by experts in the Madawaska Valley.  for the museum, it is a guided tour.

Coming up Labour Day Week-end. September 5th and 6th.  1 pm – 4 pm they are having  a Heritage Fest.  Where you can see first hand, their skills in  wool carding, spinning,weaving,felting, bee hive demonstrations, butter churning, pottery, and wood carving.

Madonna House is self-sufficient,  in that it runs a farm to produce, for example, the sheep fibres used in the wool carding, spinning and weaving, cows for the milk, and butter, this is a must visit for families that want their children to know what life was like, prior to all the modern technology that we are bombarded with today.

Coordinates for Madonna House   2887 Dafoe Road, (Hwy 517)     Combermere, Ontario.  613-756-3713   or visit http://www.madonnahouse.org  please if you have the time, visit their website, they are dedicated to loving and living a life of service, in all aspects of everyday life….
smiles

Namaste      –      Oyashikiri

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