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~ I'm often asked how I do my carvings, so I've done an essay "Carving Skulls and Stuff" in the Information folder of my gallery:…

~ Items here that have not yet sold are in the Unsold Items folder of my gallery.… If you want to buy one, or commission a custom piece, send me a note.

~ The current Webcam selection shows Sunday Tea at a friend's home; I'm the one with white hair and a blue jacket. The jacket has a nice embroidered picture of the Star Trek Next Generation version of the Enterprise on the back, but my hair pretty much covers it.


~~~ it's been a while since my last journal entry, and much has happened. But I am going to skip most of the depressing stuff about the lives and health of many people I know, and most of the ongoing long-term projects that I've already mentioned in previous journals.

~~~ My booth partner Teri had to miss Convolution, but Housemate Christine volunteered to help with transportation and booth watching, and that worked out OK. I didn't get a table at Further Confusion, despite getting my application in as early as was allowed, so I am using the time I normally would be spending on making art for FurCon to start the long-delayed computer project. More about that later.

~~~ I went to the Gem and Jewelry Show with housemate Rowan and her friend. Sadly, most of my favorite dealers were not there, and there were more jewelry dealers and fewer gem and mineral dealers. I still found some useful items. I hope to get to the next Crystal Faire, and the Bead Extravaganza. And I went to the Good Sam Showcase of Miniatures, where I saw a great many examples of amazing artistry and craftsmanship.

~~~ Hiking has been good. For my birthday I was given (besides a birthday pizza) a hike in a new area, and found yet another unculverted creek of the Baxter Creek Watershed. A trail with a stone spiral is a bit to the south of that one. There are many small walkable labyrinths and spirals in my part of the world, most marked out with the local stone, some installed as part of buildings.

~~~ Morpho, one of my favorite artists, who I mentioned previously, has some new stuff which he credits me with inspiring:…

~~~ My "Shapes Necklace" was inspired by Morpho, though not up to his level of craftsmanship:…

~~~ There was a very nice online review of my skull carvings in the May 6, 2013 entry at the Skulls Project:

~~~ Some of the Napa quake damage I mentioned last journal, as seen by using a camera drone:

~~~ And that's some of the happenings. More on some of this later....
  • Mood: Daily Needs
  • Reading: Strangeness & Finalities
  • Eating: Food & foodlike substances
  • Drinking: Water, mostly


Don Simpson
United States
~~~ For several decades I made my living as a research and development technician (mostly electronic and mechanical, some computer gaming) while doing artwork when I could; now I get to be an artist. The art I used to do was mostly drawings and paintings done with India ink and colored inks, or strange creatures and machines made from various plastic materials. These days I mainly carve, what I mainly carve is jewelry, and what I mainly carve things from are natural materials of all sorts. I still do digital art, though, both vector and pixil based, including fonts for computer printing. What next? I'm mostly working on improving my carving, but I want to make some art using the machine tool and computer knowledge from my old "day job".

~~~ I do take commissions, and occasionally trade art. If you are interested, send me a note.

Current Residence: The Far West
Favourite genre of music: Filk (a tradition of the science-fiction community)
Operating System: OS X 10.4 (the latest my computer will run), iOS 7.1.1
Favourite cartoon character: Hobbes (as in Calvin and Hobbes)
Personal Quote: Be excellent to each other. And... Party on, dudes! (... Bill & Ted)


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CriogenReptyle Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for watching me DA Watch Plz 
Aynur-Sfera-Sky Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2014  New member Professional General Artist
Thank You ;) (Wink) 
SinAmos Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2014
I love your stuff.  It inspires me to get my bone carving pipeline down.
DonSimpson Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
I like being inspirational. :)
JOCAPS Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2014
Thanks for the tip for microglass beads!
I might try one of those days.
Lately, a friend revolutioned my making by introducing me to Polyuretan resin.... Fantastic!!! so cean and quick!!!
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