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Jun 08, 2021 09:50 |  #1

I have been tumbling rocks for the past 6 months (done about 3 batches now) and have blended the new hobby with the existing photographic hobby. Here are some of the results:

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/2m4d​EzV  (external link) Polished Translucent Stone (external link) by Brian Hampson (external link), on Flickr

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/2m4d​Etx  (external link) Polished Opaque Stone (external link) by Brian Hampson (external link), on Flickr

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/2m44​A3o  (external link) Polished Opaque Stone (external link) by Brian Hampson (external link), on Flickr

The "Behind the Scenes"

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IMAGE LINK: https://flic.kr/p/2m44​zXi  (external link) Behind the Scenes (external link) by Brian Hampson (external link), on Flickr

The full set is on my Flickr (external link)



  
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Jun 08, 2021 12:08 |  #2

I'm a couple of years into tumbling rocks, appreciate what you've shown. I have not gone that sophisticated with a photo setup, merely uses a lightbox or just photo on my patio. I like using rocks for background for custom knives and occasionally something else.

You're in British Columbia, have you gotten any Dallasite from Victoria. It polishes really well and apparently is easy to collect.


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Jun 08, 2021 13:41 as a reply to  @ Win's post |  #3

Haven't got around to collecting any dallasite yet. Yours looks really nice!




  
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Jun 23, 2021 16:16 |  #4

Not quite the raw stone form:

Owyhee jasper

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Some sort of algae from knifemaker Mel Nishiuchi
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Jun 23, 2021 17:09 |  #5

Wyoming (nephrite) jade: Came out pretty dark here so the vibrant green doesn't pop as it does in person.

The knife above with the algae handle scales that maker is a rock hound. Two slab saws with all sorts of lapidary gear/toys in his garage.


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Jun 23, 2021 17:15 |  #6

Lanolite and Chinese writing stone:


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Jun 23, 2021 17:20 |  #7

A Jim Sornberger gold quartz CA dagger handle.


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Jun 23, 2021 17:37 |  #8

Sodalite and a jasper. I like working the jaspers as they are just hard and soft enough to not be a PITA. I cannot recall what the lower jasper is called. Looking forward to putting that on a knife handle at some point in time.


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Jun 24, 2021 07:53 as a reply to  @ ra40's post |  #9

You're adding the rock as inlay into the handles, right?

Also - you are forging your own blades?

We did a piece of sodalite in the last batch... it's quite soft, relatively. Lost probably 30% of its mass tumbling with the harder stones.




  
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Jun 24, 2021 12:10 |  #10

Very nice work on those knives, I have a few with stone handles.

Biggs Jasper and Black Jade


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Jun 24, 2021 12:17 |  #11

Rocks as a background.

Small Kiridashi and Tiger Eye


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Jun 26, 2021 01:24 |  #12

DragonSpeed wrote in post #19251651 (external link)
You're adding the rock as inlay into the handles, right?

Also - you are forging your own blades?

We did a piece of sodalite in the last batch... it's quite soft, relatively. Lost probably 30% of its mass tumbling with the harder stones.

I do stock removal from bars. The sodalite was pretty soft, it undercut during the buffing/polishing. Some of the soft spots didn't get the same level of shine as the harder spots so I kept going at it and that was a mistake.




  
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Jun 26, 2021 01:38 |  #13

That Biggs Japser is really pretty!! The rock show dealers wanted $$ for the nicely figured pieces. Most were cab sized cuts so not enough for a knife handle. That tiger eye has a great look, great shot with that knife. Who is the maker?

Photographing rocks is challenging. Did these dinosaur bone cabs to see how to manage reflections. Fist tried the 30x40" soft box and it left to obvious a square reflection. Tilted it up to bounce onto the 14x20' ceiling with this.


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Jun 26, 2021 09:35 |  #14

@ra40 You're doing some nice work, especially like the piece with dino bone. That Kiri was made by Serge Pachenko, several years ago. I struggle photographing rock, too, always jealous of those that get perfect pictures. I try shooting with a light box and other times outside under a white ceiling on my patio. Knife photography is easier for me and that shouldn't be.

I see you're in So. Calif, do you go to a lot of knife shows? I used to go to Plaza and Solvang but gave up 10 years ago.

Self collected Bacon Agate in a 3 1/2" pan.


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Jun 27, 2021 14:17 |  #15

Thanks Win,

When did you start your interest in custom knives?

I got into the custom knife scene about '89'ish. Fortunately the shows were in the back yard like the Plaza Cutlery Show, Blade Show-Costa Mesa, So Cal Blades-Buena Park, Bay Area Knife Collectors Show-San Fran as well as Solvang. Solvang was our favorite. A small show, great makers and in a location that was very nice. The Sat Evening BBQ at Gainey Vineyards a big highlight. The Plaza/Cal Custom Show I'll still go as a tourist.

Hee-hee that bacon agate set is cool!




  
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