My first stones.

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My first stones.

Post  carol1 on Wed Apr 08, 2009 8:34 pm

Hello I would like to have suiseki, and I`ve found two stones some time ago, now I decided to show them, and ask for your opinion and advice Smile

First one:















I`ll show second one later Smile

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Re: My first stones.

Post  carol1 on Fri Apr 10, 2009 6:10 pm

Noone? nothing? so perhaps you will like this one:














What do you think about this one?

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Re: My first stones.

Post  chansen on Sat Apr 11, 2009 1:23 am

Carol -

I'm still quite the novice, but there are a few things that I've learned. The stones you have shared are very different in quality. The first stone is going in the right direction. I have seen some very nice stones that depict a mountain snow scape. The first stone goes in that direction, but there are a few challenges that the stone faces. Most particularly the patina of the stone is rather course. Compare this to your second stone that has a rather nice, smooth skin to it.

The second stone is a giant leap forward from the first (in my opinion). Not only is the patina very nice, but the colors of the stone are wonderful. The placement of the stone is up to you to decide, and I often find that others point out perspectives that I often (Chris is very good at this... Smile ) I would strongly encourage you to continue to search for stones in the same area. Often times the geologic forces that created the stone you found also created others. If you don't mind me asking, where was the second stone collected? There are a lot of people from various parts of the world that share stones here.

Good luck with the stones. And don't get too discouraged if you don't get immediate responses here. Many of the regulars often take time to contemplate a stone before they comment.

Welcome to the forum and happy hunting!

Christian

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Re: My first stones.

Post  Chris Cochrane on Sat Apr 11, 2009 4:07 pm

Hi Carol... I apologize for not posting earlier. I immediately saw the quality of your stone as attractive. It reminds me of the first "white Lingbi" stone I saw illustrated-- owned by Joe Davies, I think, but it might have been owned by Joe's collecting friend David Sampson. That stone was named after Mt. Fuji brecause of its asymmetrical, relatively long sloping sides. It had similar dry dark areas rising through it. You see examples on eBay under "white Lingbi," now, & I imagine the more natural examples without all areas being gound to a single polished surface are premiere stones in modern collections. It is possible the Dave Sampson owns the stone I recall from perhaps 13 years, ago.

If the size of yours is over 6 inches rather than under 3 inches, I think it rare and worth mounting. I would not cut it.

Christian gave a nice account to the second stone. It has that soft burnished look which is so attractive in yellow orange stones & a translucence which often disappears from stones that have been oiled.

I'd probably not weather this stone if intended as a pattern or object stone but would weather it if intended to represent a landscape in suiseki style. With weathering (daily watering & exposure to outside air) it will lose miuch of its gorgeousness in color including what I imagine as staining in the crevaces.

If you found or purchased these as first stones, you have exceptional taste.

One thing stones continually remind we students is that we are novices. Christian has a good eye & open heart. Often it is the plainest stone that draws our feeling. Yours are not so plain in their attraction but special in your recognition of their beauty. I hope you'll find more and share.

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Re: My first stones.

Post  carol1 on Sat Apr 11, 2009 6:58 pm

Thanks for reply! I would like to show you what are the size of my stones, so I made photo with matches box (size of box: 3,6 height, and 5,3 width). I need to read your reply couple more time with dictionary Very Happy









Sorry for pictures quality, I don`t know what happened with my camera.

P.S.
I`ve forgot to say that the orange stone was washed many times in soup, and this is why it shine.

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