The Lynx Tree

The Lynx Tree:

 

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Stone Mason:

Traditional Stone Carver. To make a good work of art, it helps to be a good artisan.

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Stone Masons Tools:

I improved the age old traditional Stone Masons Hammer by inventing a

Spherical Mace Mallet.

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Supplier of Tungsten Tipped, Stone Masons Tools:

These are difficult to get hold of in West-Cornwall. I am able to supply them at a good price,

sourced from a German company.

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Tungsten Tipped Tools:

Ever since the late 1920 these Powder Metal Tipped Chisels are used to carve hard stones like Cornish Granite, (Porphyry), that are harder, than Moss Hardness 4.

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Hard Rock Caring:

Carving Sculptures out of stone harder than Moss Hardness 4.

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Mace Hammer:

I invented a Spherical Mace Hammer for Hard Rock Carving, with which you can not hurt your hand, when slipping of the chisel, whilst Stone Carving.

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Cornish Granite.

Mineralogicaly named Porphyry,  Chemically a mixture of Quartz, Feldspar and Mica, Cornish Granite has a large crystalline consistency, that can be difficult, to carve it, as it has the tendency, to splinter along the orientation of these crystals. Its hardness and carvability varies greatly from Quarry to Quarry.

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Carved Cornish Granite:

Even though Cornish Granite was used for Building Ornaments, and even the Embankment along the River Thames in London, it is not rated highly as a Fine Art Carving Material,

Making me one of the few modern artists, that use it, as there carving material of choice.

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Wood Carving:

I also carve wood, in particular oak or other hard woods. Preferably using Axes and Adzes rather than wood chisels.

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Pottery

Having worked for 3 1/2 Years in a Pottery in Germany. I manly make coiled Potts and other

Pottery items like Replica Stone Age Drums.

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Ceramic Drums.

Pottery was used since Stone Age times, to make drums. Modern Ceramic drums are frequently imported from North Africa or the Middle East, and can be bought on flea markets for very little money.

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Stone Age Drums:

Stone Age drums were found by Archaeologists in Southern Scandinavia, North Germany, former East Germany and Poland, they are believed to be 5000 to 5500 years old.

I made a replica Stone Age Drum for Hannover, Lower-Saxony-State Museum, and gave talks there about making and playing Stone Age Drums.

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Drum Making:

I started drum making, because I took part in a Drumming Group, but could not afford to buy an African drum. I soon started to make Shamanic Drums in wood and ceramic.

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Drumming:

Most possibly the second earliest form of music making, predating modern humans.

The earliest form of music being singing. The oldest musical instrument that was found in Europe is a flute, made from the wing bone of a swan. ( aprox. 25.000 years old)

At the core of the appeal of drumming is the heartbeat of the mother, that children can react to, long before they are born.

15. Shamanic Drums:

The most common  instruments of Shamans is the drum. Shamanic Drums can be distinct from other drums by design, ornament or reputation, or just be an ordinary drum, that is used by a Shaman, for rituals.

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Paganism:

The religion I feel most drawn to. The faith of the Great Earth Mother and her Consort is at least 30.000 years old. How nice, that it is re-emerging during this lifetime.

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Witchcraft:

My preferred Pagan Religion.

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Shamanism:

My second best Pagan Religion.

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Roman God Janus:

Roman God of: Beginnings, Endings, Passages, Passage Ways, Door Ways, and Thresholds.

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Janus Disque:

My favourite type of relief sculpture, I developed during my studies. Shows semi-abstract face on the two sides of a stone slab, in my style of Floral Cubism.

21.

Magic Silver Jewellery:

I regularly make small batches of silver cast jewellery. Usually Silver Cast Flint Arrowheads, Silver Moon Sidles, and Silver Bolints.

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Silver Bolints:

Silver Cast, raiser sharp sidles, for ritual use.

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Silver Moon Sidles:

Moon Sickles shaped ritual knives. One of the Symbols of the Earth Mother Goddess Faith.

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Silver Cast Flint Arrowheads:

These Silver Castings, of a Flint Arrowhead, that I found in West-Cornwall, are powerful protective talismans, that combine the properties of a Silver Bullet, and an Elf Bolt.

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Lyre:

Group of aprox. 3500 year old Stringed Instruments, that no longer have a set shape or construction method. Most possibly devised as sacred musical instruments for a Bull Cult.

I make and play Lyres.

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Stringed Instruments:

Musical Instruments, that use strings in there sound generation. Like Guitars, Violins, or Lyres.

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Lyre Music:

I play the Lyre like a Harp, that has only 8 strings. What is exactly, what a Lyre is.

28.

Music to calm Children with:

The sub-title of my CD of Lyre Music. Lyre music has a great calming effect on children.

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Art in the Community:

Project, that try’s to reconnect the Art Suffering Public, with art and artists.

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Art Suffering Public:

Most ordinary people, are quite angry and upset about modern art, that try’s to sell the Emperors New Clothes.

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Surrealism:

Artistic Movement, that aimed to exploit the obvious. I. e., that there is more than one reality.

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Fantastic Realism:

Artistic Movement, that realised, that the only limit of reality is the limit of our fantasy.

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Floral Cubism:

My Style of Artistic Interpretation. I analyse shapes, take them apart, and reassemble them, not in spheres, rectangles and triangles like the followers of  Cubism, but in flowing, floral shapes.

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West-Cornwall:

The tip of the Cornish-Peninsular, and for me, the only place, to live.

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St. Just-in-Penwith:

Quaint former Tin-Mining Town in West-Cornwall and the place, I live. Situated in the western tip of the Cornish Peninsular.

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The Men-an-Tol:

An enigmatic Bronze-Age Monument out on the moor lands of West Cornwall.

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The Lafrowda Men-an-Tol:

My interpretation of  The Men-an-Tol, that I carved in 1995/6, and donated to the people of  St. Just.  As a result of this gift, many inhabitants of  St. Just wanted to throw me out of town.

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The Cornish-Up-Rights:

5 Granite columns each just under 6 ft. tall, that I erected at the Trevescan Riding School, on the A30. This Sculpture Row is my latest claim to fame, and gave me 5 minutes on the local BBC News program.

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Sculpture Row:

Row of Sculptures, that I did not put up in St. Just, but at the Cornish main Trunk Road A30, in order not top anger the Citizens of  St. Just any further.

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Well-Renovation:

Researching local history, I found out, that until 1962/3, the people of  St. Just preferred to drink Well Water, rather than Piped Water. Than within those two years, most of the 161 Springs, Wells and Watersorces one can still find on a map of  St. Just, where closed,  filled in, or abandoned. I try to reopen and to renovate as many of these as possible, in an attempt to rescue some Cornish Celtic Heritage, that is disappearing before our very eyes.

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Well- Walks:

I conduct Well-Walks in the time of the summer holidays, to show some of the wells in the St. Just area to tourists and locals, so that they may appreciate this part of the Cornish Celtic History.

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Archaeology Walks:

West Cornwall’s  Archaeology has the most sites per square mile in all of the island of Great Britain. A mostly un-tapped resource for tourism. Adding Archaeology Walks to my repertoire of  Guided Walks aims to redress that.

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Federation of St. Just Guided Walks Guides:

An idea originally proposed by my friend Cedderic, Proprietor of the “Keggen Teg”, a St. Just Restaurant and Coffee House. A booklet, detailing Guided Walks walks in the St. Just area is talked about.

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St. Just and District Trust:

A group of  St. Just citizens, that try to undertake, what the town council can or will not do.

I am a member, of its Well-Sub-Comity.

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U3A  St. Just Archaeology Group:

I am a member of that too.

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Furniture Making:

Out of my motto:” I want something, I make it!” I started furniture making. At the moment, its mainly ornate and ornamental chairs, like Hour Glass Chairs, and Glastonbury Chairs.

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Hour Glass Chairs:

Also known as: Dante-, or Scissor-Chairs. I always wanted one, so I made myself one.

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Glastonbury Chair:

An ecclesiastical chair, held together with pegs, it originally was the kind of chair, that a church dignitary would have taken along on an inspection tour of churches. It is very comfortable. The kind of chair, you can fall asleep in during  2 o’clock in the morning mess, and not slip out of.

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Archaeology:

A great inspiration to me.

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Experimental Archaeology:

A great inspiration to me. I got involved, making replica Stone Age Drums.

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Sculptures:

These days anything artistic, that involves an amount of three dimensionality.

Originally, a good sculpture was the flowing confluence of its lines of circumvences.

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Moss Hardness 4:

The Moss Scale is a scale of hardness of different materials. It starts with Moss Hardness 1, for Tallow, and goes up to Moss Hardness 10 for Diamonds. Moss Hardness 4 is seen as the border between soft carving stones and hard carving stones.

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Carving Stone:

A stone, that is both soft enough to be carved, and has a smooth enough texture, to make carving it easy.

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Stone Carving:

My favourite form of  Sculpting.

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Stone Age:

A time, when it was common, to make tools out of stone.

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Drumming Groups:

Groups of people, commonly centred around a drumming teacher, that play drums together.

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The Great-Earth-Mother, and her Consort:

Allegedly the goddess and god of the earliest religion. (over 30.000 years old)

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Death and Re-Birth:

An ever lasting cycle, that the immortal human soul joyfully takes part in.

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The Stone Age Studio:

The name I have given to my fine art studio.

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Silver Bullet:

Projectile, that magically always hits its target.

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Elf Bolt:

Common name in West Cornwall for a flint arrowhead. The object, that an Elf uses as an anchor into the world of humans.

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Bull Cult:

Early religion, that venerated cattle, and bulls in particular. The origin of  the Lyre was as a ritual musical instrument, of a Bull Cult.

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Harp:

A Lyre with many strings.

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CD of Lyre Music:

A CD of my Lyre Music is in preparation. Title: “ Calm” . Sub-Title: “Music to calm your children with.”

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Artistic Interpretation:

An artist’s way of interpreting the subject of his art.

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Cubism:

Early 20th century art movement, that took shapes apart, analysed them, and put them back together in cubes, circles and try-angles.

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TV News Casts:

My art was the subject of several TV News Casts.

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Well-Water:

Living Water taken out of Wells. Water, that is good for Living People.

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Piped Water:

Water delivered by utility companies to households via pipes. Due to this, Piped Water has to be dead, at the point of delivery.

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Cornish Celtic Heritage:

Thing and Concepts, that are by nature: Cornish; Celtic; and Under Threat.

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Guided Walks:

Activity that combines walking, with meeting strangers, and listening to the ramblings of someone, that pretends to know something, about the objective of the walk. Preferred, when a stop-over for cream teas is involved.

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Springs, Wells, and Water Sources:

Places, St. Just  towns folk used to get there living water from, before they were forced to drink dead water that comes into there homes through pipes.

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The “ OCocli’s.”:

Contemplating, to Stencil a longer text in Clay, I realised, that all Roman Lettering, and all Arabian Numerals are made up of  seven Glyph Fragments. Due to there shape, I call them the OCocli’s.

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Sculpting:

The creation of an object by an artist.

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Elf:

One of a whole group of otherworldly beings, such as Knockers, Brownies, Lepricorns and Piscies.

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Traditional German Stone Masons Hammer:

1,5 Kg heavy Hammer with a narrow and slender, long iron head, that due to that, has a very small hitting area, and brakes the bones in the hand of a Traditional German Stone Mason, when he slips of the end of the chisel. This happens easily, as the hitting area of the Traditional German Stone Masons Hammer is so small, due, to its narrow and slender, long iron head.

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Glyphs:

Written letters or numerals. Also see Hiero-Glyphs and Petro-Glyphs.

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Clay Tablets:

Earliest surviving material with writing on, not taking into account presumed Petro Glyphs next to Stone Age Cave Paintings.

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Stencilling in Clay:

I was looking for a long time, to simplify the process of  stencilling longer texts in clay.

Eventually the answer came, in the realisation, that all Roman Lettering  and Arabian Numerals are constructed of just 7 Glyph-Fragments, that due to there shape, I call the Ococli’s.

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Roman Lettering:

The type of letters, used in western Europe, in comparison to Cyrillic, or, for instance Japanese, or Chinese Pictographic writing.

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Arabian Numerals:

The type of numerals used nearly world wide, due to there simplicity. Unlike Roman Numerals, that us nearly useless for even simple divisions and other common mathematical operations.

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Glyph-Fragments:

Sub-Glyphs, Glyphs are constructed from.

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Hiero-Glyphs:

Picture writing, common in Egypt.

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Petro-Glyphs.

Mainly, Picture Writing, on Stones.( Petro= Stone )

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Roman Numerals:

System of writing Numerals, used throughout the Roman Empire, that does not lend itself for even simple mathematical operations.

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Artisan:

Craft practitioner, that is most possibly not capable of designing his own patterns in his craft.

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Artist:

Designer of Painting and/or Objects, that nowadays, usually, is not able, to translate his creative ideas into good craftwork.

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Powder Metal Tipped Chisels:

Also known as Tungsten Tipped, Stone Masons Tools. Or Tungsten-Carbide Tipped Chisels,

These tools consist of a mild-steel shaft, with very hard, soldered in peaces of Powder Metal at there tip, that are able to carve into stones harder than Moss Hardness 4.

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Tungsten Carbide Tipped Chisels:

Tugsten and Carbide, that would normally not melt into a metal alloy, are mixed as a powder, and than fused under great pressure, creating small but extremely hard peaces of  Powder Metal, that are hard soldered onto the tips of peaces of mild steel, thereby becoming able to be used as chisels to carve stones, harder than Moss Hardness 4.

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Porphyry:

Mineralogical name, for Granite, that in its formation cooled down so slowly, that it has quit large Crystals, and therefore is difficult to carve, as it will tend to split along the borders of these crystals, when carved.

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Granite:

Porphyry, that cooled down so quick after its formation, deep inside the earths crust, that it was not able, to form large crystals. As a result, Granite is usually harder than Porphyry but easier to carve, as it does not have the large crystals of  Porphyry.

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Shaman:

Practitioner of Shamanism. Only genuine, when practising within an undisturbed aboriginal society. Once removed from an aboriginal society or in a society that was disturbed by anthropologists or missionaries, shamans and Neo-Shamans are quite often charlatans.

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Neo-Shamans:

Charlatans, that claim to be able to recreate shamanism, without its specific aboriginal context.

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Pagan Religion:

In this context, any religion, that either predates Christianity, or was not affected by Christian Missionaries.

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The Emperors New Clothes:

As in the fairy tale, nothing, that is sold as something very special and expensive.

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Tele-Kinesis:

A term coined by Para-Psychologists, describing a physical effect on objects from a distance that can only be explained to be caused by Para-Normal means.

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Telekinetic Demonstrator.

A little wheel I invented, that can be turned by the human Aura.

 

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Aura.

Amongst other things, the sum of all the Body-Electric magnetic fields, caused by the electric signals flowing through the nerves in a human body.

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Aura Photography.

A method to take an image of the body electric and electro-magnetic fields that are portrayed in many colours. The colours and there distribution can indicate moods, illnesses or intentions.

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White Light Meditations:

A form of guided meditation, I developed, that aims to change the colours of the Aura to an all healing, all pain reliving, brilliant, glistening, bright, white light.