4 stones I AM a bit fond of

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4 stones I AM a bit fond of

Post  JimLewis on Sun Jun 29, 2014 5:27 pm

I only have 4 stones that I ever display with trees or alone.  Probably some would not be called suiseki or viewing stones by most folks.

Anyway, here they are:

1.  This was given to me MANY years ago by Craig Cowing.  He also made the daiza, I believe.  



2.  This one is a relic of when I was a student in marine geology at Duke University way back in the mid 1960s.  It was dredged up with a lot of other geologic material from The Tongue of the Ocean near the Bahamas from a depth of 4,000 feet (plus or minus) during one of my watches when I was on the R.V. Eastward.  I showed it here several years ago.



3.  My personal favorite.  It is a beach rock from Florida and is exactly 2 inches tall.  I see a mother and child.  You've probably seen this one before also.  



4.  And the odd one.  It is perfectly round.  I found it in a flat sheet of Devonian shale in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia.




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Re: 4 stones I AM a bit fond of

Post  David Brunner on Mon Jun 30, 2014 5:29 am

Hello Jim – thanks for showing these to us!

Personally, I am not too much interested in the formal aesthetics of stone appreciation, although I do really enjoy watching this portion of the forum to learn more about them. Chris has helped me understand much about the sensitivities and sensibilities of stone appreciation here. I try to understand the various opinions brought to each stone shown with both fascination and a bit of envy – envy in that seems to me that those that do understand stone appreciation seem to have an attitude of veneration which is something that thus far escapes me.

However, I very much like the stones you have shown here! In particular I enjoy the second one. I like its dark and rugged surface, I like its “bridge to nowhere” image, and I really like its story! I have many stones that I cherish and most for reasons not unlike your nice “bridge”. Once upon a time I traveled many parts of the globe as a botanist. I brought back many plant specimens to the musea for which I was employed, but for me I brought back a few stones. They are easy to care for, durable in travel, and evocative of the locals from which they originate. I have shown a few here, but your posting makes me think I should show more (although I have no such lovely seats for them as you do). None are worthy of the designation suiseki – but I still cherish each.

Thanks again Jim – and I hope I have delivered no offence to those which are truly dedicated to real stone appreciation. It is a tradition and an aesthetic that I honor, but do not as yet understand.

David B.

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Post  Neli on Mon Jun 30, 2014 9:52 am

I enjoy looking at them...but dont understand them yet...Hope with time I will.

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Post  JimLewis on Mon Jun 30, 2014 1:27 pm

Thanks, David. I'm much like you regarding viewing stones, though some are strikingly beautiful and evocative. Chris and I have had a few discussions about my stony opinions over the years. Neither has yet convinced the other.

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Post  Tom Simonyi on Mon Jun 30, 2014 2:16 pm

Thanks for posting these, Jim....I really enjoyed viewing them.....glad to see that West Virginia was represented :-)

Best regards,
Tom

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Re: 4 stones I AM a bit fond of

Post  Chris Cochrane on Tue Jul 01, 2014 1:52 am

Hi Jim... Your second stone suggests a natural archway in the landscape. Its extraordinary collection description reminds me of Lynn Boyd's description of collecting a celestial meteor for viewing stone appreciation.

Your perfectly-round black stone recalls two historic stones (one representing the sun & another the moon) placed upon pebbles in a bronze basin as part of a censor set for perfuming clothes. The censor was received by Japanese Regent Empress Suiko (r. 592-626 CE) from a Korean prince. The censor stones are heralded as a precursor to mounting stones for appreciation of their scenic allusion. Your stone appears to have an intriguing natural layering of fine black material over coarser stone.

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Post  PaulH on Tue Jul 01, 2014 3:41 am

I love the bridge! The hockey puck is pretty cool too.

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