Each Night, A Star Reminds Me.

Sometimes, when I try to sleep, I lie awake and wonder what could I have done to be given these, these trials that I'd wish upon no man. To be away from loving heart Diane, and my son, Talon for so long. I surrendered my love to them and swore to protect and cherish them. Diane makes me see all of my faults that the world cant, yet in that its what drives me to be better. We have to hope there is a reason for all this, and rely on each other to endure, hold each other up when the weight is too much to bear. My hands are those of a peasant. Tools Ive grown to use as taught by my father, and his before him. My mind was opened by my mother, showing me nothing is not within reach. My mind has always seen bigger, better things; grand...

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"Shut Up"

"Shut Up" Shut up about "your land". It's not. It hasn't been for hundreds of years. Throughout history, land has been regularly and systematically taken by stronger groups in power. If you want it back, the only way you will get it is by the same means you are complaining about right now. Otherwise, if you aren't prepared to do the same thing, shut up. Shut up about slavery. You haven't been in chains or forced to work for no pay under threat of beating or death, and its been over a hundred years since that system was abolished. Free men and women rise above hardship and no story or situation is the same for everyone. Point is, put your hand on a plow instead of leaving it open for your former oppressors to find it in their hearts to give you something back you didn't earn- your dead ancestors earned...

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Well Said Brother. Well said.

I was inspired and made warm from words written by another brother, Richard, who took some time to express his thoughts on a subject no too uncommon today. Alot of the chaos present in society in general these days can be attributed to the degradation of human behavior involving relationships. It's always greener on the other side of the fence. Not. Richard writes: "I find it's a shame, the way relationships are today. I watch through this social media window and I realize how shallow we've become as a society(all genders.. all 849 of them). Love of self and peer worship have become the two motivating factors and priority for human to human contact. Relationships rely completely on how it will be received or beheld on a peer to peer basis, "how will this make me look?" Will this make people envious of me so I can really feel like I have something special(I know,...

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I Would Like to Think...

Anyone who knows me- really knows me, will tell you I say I am a simple man, but in truth I think I'm far from it. When I say that I mean my dreams and aspirations are simple. To love, and be loved. To hold small things in my hand for a time and leave them in places where perhaps they may bring a simple smile to someone for a time and during those times they need it most. Nothing more. Like any man Ive spent time chasing worldly things and like any hunter, sometimes come home hungry and others full. I will never be a rich man. I understand that now. I've had my preference for the simple things held against me in many ways. It's disheartening to be thought of as less because it's almost always construed as lacking ambition, poor decision making, or outright inferiority. Contrary. My dreams and the small things I...

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A Walk Among the Gods.

I often speak of blood empathy. It's my own observation and deduction of perhaps, a greater answer to question not everyone is willing to dwell upon. I've never been one to walk the path, but meander among the trees, over stone and briefly stopping at water's edge to drink. I need very little in this way. I find myself not needing to question many things because of it, not because it's a way to answer them and satisfy, but to experience them through eyes already opened. Magical? Perhaps. Both confusing at times and overwhelming? Definitely. Our limitations are put in place often by a desire to fit in or not draw attention. The gods, the spirits, the energy- dwells beyond those boundaries. Truth to and about oneself can only be enabled by your heart and many times it's other's perceptions that create the path you walk upon, leaving you to bend knee to each stone,...

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A Long Road, and Finally, Almost 10 Years in The Making...

Its been over a decade since I set this to mind, then drawing, then periodic updates to keep it on my bench- out of sight but never forgotten. Much has happened during this time, and it can be sometimes painfully obvious for anyone reading my journals over the years. More pictures below.  I am finally able to finish this, it's been close to my heart for so long and the wind that whispers to me across still water tells me it's time. Custom "Evenstar" inspired model for Di and Talon. Theres a personal story behind the 3 gems (higher quality garnets, I searched for over 2 years for the right color and cuts) I am building into the cast piece, which will be in ancient bronze. An excerpt from a longer part of our book: "Not gold, because gold is men's curse, they are willing to trade it for the things most dear. Not diamonds,...

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Talon's Day

Happy Birthday to my little man Talon. Youre getting so big.  "Your (middle) proper name, Hunter, means you are in good company; Ullr, Skadi. Your mother, unbeknownst to memory carries Diana, bound to the sea and father guardian, Fenir." "There is always a path taken without forethought as the hunter relies on his instincts and blood-memory to see his arrow home. Rely on these my son and no forest, earth, or water can tire you, no burden too heavy to bear. You will find Ullestad when heart call. This I promise you." "Cast an arrow across the chasm and find your broken wolf father still chained to his rock. Listen to the howls of his rage at the bond of Gleipnir and the sorrows felt because of fate given task. He sees your mother in the night sky and laments it holding her as distant star, hoping for Ragnarok and the circle reborn, the...

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Closer to The Heart...

 "Every year for decades, around this time of year I quietly look back on life's meanderings. This year is especially reflective, it's getting harder to see coal to forge and the hand fails to strike word without trembling reminder the sands of time were not part of the immortal bargain." "...For that I am sorry." "The blacksmith and the artist,Reflect it in their art,They forge their creativityCloser to the heart."     "So many things I would tell you, so many things I cannot; one day the forge fireswill fade, hand no longer to brush- touch the things I have made and remembermy voice, know where my heart came and where it stayed. My peasant hands broughtfrom me the words I cannot always say in what you see, and my touch in what you hold."                                                                                                           ~Mahal 2017      

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Missing My Family

Miss my little guy Talon and Diane so much sometimes. We all have to do things from time to time that we think, are what's needed to make a better life for our kids, our wives, or even other family members- time and time again we see this "better life" topic crop up in subject used as a reason, excuse or even some banner of pride and one universal shortcoming that is almost always overlooked until it's too late is that no matter what you feel you accomplish, it's going to be too much for some and too little for others. We move some of the chess pieces around to pursue this idyllic masterpiece of a life we picture as ideal, and too often forget the things that really matter. Your kids will grow up one day, have their own perception and conclude self worth based in part on what you teach...

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If Only Your Life Could Hold Magic

As I have found. Books are written, songs are made to reflect the things we experience. Sometimes, as is everyone's right, a story seems as though you are living it through the storyteller's very eyes. Just a few thoughts, most I keep to myself. All who wander are not lost. 

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Some Advice. Don't Challenge a Man and His Family.

You know, you'd figure people would have a general idea its not a good thing to get in the way of a man and his family. Men. Government. Gods. You're never going to be safe, and defeat comes on silent, swift wings when you least expect it as patience being taught first order to a young hunter. Best advice I can give anybody... A threat? No. A simple consequence. Lesser men die for far less than noble reasons. "There is no greater victory than to fall from this world a free man." -and a free man chooses his own causes. Honor is lost on those of no worth and very few things hold more dear to heart than the bonds of love and pride in that, challenging these cannot go without facing that consequence. Ever. You simply are not in a world where you can expect weak minded response and protection under socially watered down...

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How to Recognize Any Classical Artist- A Little Humor.

I came across this and found it to be funny, but somewhat spot on too if you have any familiarity with some of these classical artists. Enjoy. The history of painting reaches back in time to artifacts from pre-historic humans, and spans all cultures. It represents a continuous, though periodically disrupted, tradition from Antiquity. Across cultures, and spanning continents and millennia, the history of painting is an ongoing river of creativity, that continues into the 21st century. Until the early 20th century it relied primarily on representational, religious and classical motifs, after which time more purely abstract and conceptual approaches gained favor. 1. Michelangelo 2. Titian 3. Rubens  4. Caravaggio 5. Bruegel 6. Bosch 7. Rembrandt 8. Boucher 9. Degas  10. Greco 11. Picasso 12. Eyck

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Why I Do What I Do...

Future historians will surely grow bored after recounting the last 50 years I'm sure. It will be pock marked with the regression our species decided to embark upon. Seek to change that. Teach your children of past artists, thinkers, and dreamers and inspire them through your own passions. Learn Latin today. Peruse Egyptian, Celtic, and Native American art, and lose your breath at the wonder and accomplishments of Greek, Roman and Italian architecture. Find solace in contemplating other views by immersing yourself in Bedouin Folk music, Middle Eastern percussion, Jazz, Mongolian Throat Singing, Irish Flute and Joe Satriani. Remember that your future library can either be enjoyed by candlelight on a winter's eve, and your collections provoke closed eyes and spatial travel to far away times and places in the minds of little ones not yet able to see past the current state of our being, or, lost to antiquity because outdated...

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Evidence of Viking Outpost Found in Canada

Sharpeners may be smoking guns in quest for New World's second Viking site. The sad story behind the scenes though- Pat is still fighting the Canadian Government to correct the blatant mistakes made in handling this information.  ~Fen For the past 50 years—since the discovery of a thousand-year-old Viking way station in Newfoundland—archaeologists and amateur historians have combed North America's east coast searching for traces of Viking visitors.It has been a long, fruitless quest, littered with bizarre claims and embarrassing failures. But at a conference in Canada earlier this month, archaeologist Patricia Sutherland announced new evidence that points strongly to the discovery of the second Viking outpost ever discovered in the Americas.While digging in the ruins of a centuries-old building on Baffin Island (map), far above the Arctic Circle, a team led by Sutherland, adjunct professor of archaeology at Memorial University in Newfoundland and a research fellow at the University of Aberdeen in...

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First Fires: Furnace Burn In and Test Ingots.

Just an update, I finally managed to get the initial burn in for the small furnace done. And, me being me decided to make a quick video about it. You have to understand, for me this is a milestone of sorts. I've been getting ready for this for a very long time now. This stage means I'm ready to go. I haven't been blessed with armies of minions to cover the slack so at times it's been slow, but sure. I don't think I'd have it any other way because one of my personal quirks is knowing about a whole process- of which having too many people around can mean details I want or need can be overlooked. In the end, I can also say "I did it." Anyways, enjoy the little movie, and know I'm doing a very, very happy dance.   

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Why You Have to Do It For Yourself.

 I was catching up on Julian Lennon's stuff, and came across a video he posted from David Bowie. It fits the sentiment lately, perfectly. I know quite a few artists that toil endlessly at what appears to me to be satisfying the crowds. In doing so, you lose focus and even passion over time. Seriously, ask yourself why you do it in the first place. Your best work comes from doing it for yourself first.    

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Just a Little Hint...

Well, new equipment has been tuned and working just fine. Heres a "little" view into some of the things going on. Below, is a partial finish, I still have the wood texture and aging to add, but it's there. Packaging for Historic Origins offerings is going to be, I'm hoping, collectible as much as the artifacts I make. I'm pulling all stops and doing things the way I want- over the top. And of course theres Lego mods I'm doing (Yes, can you say Greek, Roman, and Egyptian Legos?), Dremel mount(s) for a friend's pantograph project, and even some guilty pleasure stuff for myself in between. I wish I could show you the jewelry prototypes but those aren't public until I have them finished. I'm picky as hell about first impressions, and that will of course always be the star attraction to my little sideshow.  Below is a box skeleton. Panels and...

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Robin Williams: Make Your Life Spectacular.

Seeing this earlier today, warranted me having to just say something about it. He's right in so many ways. I associate with Robin very easily, and over the years many of his observations, trials, and life scenarios identify with me because I've walked similar paths. Some of the best wisdom is taken from personal experiences and an afterthought for most people. It's easy to be "public", we see it all the time and there are folk out there who need to be in some sort of spotlight or the apparent "Ringmaster" of some contrived circus. It's the crowd that you will live or die by as they say on the stage. Maybe it's something that was missing in childhood, a traumatic social experience, or just an inner loneliness. Who knows.  I have a bit of advice that has worked well for me. See, I've lived a pretty charmed and exciting life at times, others, meh. All...

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A Life in My Dreams...

 Chasing my love, my queen (or princess) for hours around long corridors, up hundreds of stairs, and through rooms of gold, polished stone and all manner of frivolous whimsy in what I would assume, ancient Egypt. Hopping over a wall to cut off my prey I land in the street below. Dancing past, over and under people going about their daily routines, knowing almost all of them, their names, and even their loved ones. Stopping along the way to help a worker carry his load on my own shoulder and carrying him the rest of the way, to receive a smile and pat on my cheek; telling him "Go home to your family Mah-hu, and tell them I say hello!" Being given a plum by kindly old Ipwet, taking two, kissing her forehead and catching up to Mah-hu, giving him one and dropping the other in his pocket "For Rai." (His daughter...

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Just A Quick Test. Weathered Effects.

I got bored (well, needed to sideline myself for just a bit) and decided to test the ability for me to reproduce weathered effects both in the 3D software, and also with patina effect. Not too bad, I like it. The stone is a slightly larger version of one of the earlier tests I did, being about 3.25". I'm probably going to produce some real nice(er) desktop versions of my own patterning in bronze, this was a archeological 3D scan I worked with- I like it, but want to do my own 'thang. I think you'll be interested.  

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