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Four Pomanders by DonSimpson Four Pomanders by DonSimpson
Four pomanders. Part of a group that I sold a few years ago to a new age store named Inspired, now sadly out of business. The smallest is about one inch high. Each has an interior chamber carved out through the holes and filled with cotton to be saturated with a perfume or essential oil.

Left to Right: Unknown wood, Antler with a bone bead, Walnut wood, Driftwood. The walnut one has a fill hole at the top with a removable plug that is connected to the main body by a cord with a bone bead on it.

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Hipnosha Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Professional Artisan Crafter
Great IDEA
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VisionCrafter Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
These are lovely!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2008
Thank you. :)
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RabidDoomBunny Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
They're all so beautiful! I love your woodworks. This is the first I've ever heard of a pomander, interesting little trinket. Would you mind me asking how you hollowed those out?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2008
Thank you. I like pomanders because I like art that appeals to several senses (though I can only show the visual here, which is frustrating); and I have a friend who has studied aromatherapy.

The hollowing out is done with small rotory cutters in a power tool. By moving the cutters around at various angles, starting at the bottom of each hole, I can cut away the interior into one space.
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Dinodude73 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
I never knew items like pomanders existed, it is an interesting idea. These in particular are beautifully crafted ^_^
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2008
It's a very old idea, and popular up to somewhere around the start of the previous century. Nowadays they aren't particularly hot items, but I like the idea.
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Dinodude73 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008
Maybe they will make a come back thanks to you efforts ^_^
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2008
That would be nice. My friend Joris (~YiorYeosa) is trying to revive birthspoons (which, again, has not entirely died out).
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Dinodude73 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
That is interesting, good luck to both of you in your endeavors ^_^
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dunwich7 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008
Lovely pieces^^.

I like the antler one best. But they all make me want to touch them.

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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2008
Thank you. :)
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Atomic-Bear Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
I like them all Don.
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
Good! :D
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ssantara Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
That would be Pantheacon 2008....
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ssantara Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
Very nice work! I do enjoy what you create!

Me and Goldie will miss you at Pantheacon, they bumped us this year because they wanted to bring in other artists...... I felt it was a mistake on their part but what can you do. Big sadness on our part since it was one of our favorite shows to do.

Have a good time and take care!
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
Thank you. :)

Finding you and Goldenwolf are bumped from Pantheacon 2008 angered and dismayed me. I can understand giving other artists a chance (I've been trying and failing to get into the Bizarre Bazaar sales events out here), but you two I consider friends, and favorite artists, and high talents. Feh. Will you be at Further Confusion? I got in despite their weird new selection scheme.
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ssantara Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
No, we canceled FC because we are doing the Indian Market here in Denver and really needed to focus on that. We are planning to mail to the art show. So no Cali attending shows this next year :(

Thank you Don for your thoughts on Pantheacon. Can you do us a favor and please express your thoughts to Thalassa and staff and please let anyone else know as well if you have a chance? I am very sad by what happened but Thalassa did do me the honor of calling me back and talking with me about it. She said it had nothing to do with me/ us personally nor the work, they just got so many apps and had bumped several old timers. She said we were welcome to jury in 2009. Also said they are looking for a bigger venue because they have out grown the Doubletree. I did not agree with the decision though, I feel we are very much part of that community and it is one of the shows that is a must attend. Not only for my sanity but for the fans and customers I have in abundance there. I did cry a bit over it but now I am just looking at taking Feb to do more art and be home......
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2007
Pantheacon is definitely looking for a larger venue. The Red Lion was wonderfully fitted to house a SF or similar convention, and when it became a Doubletree most of those features were retained, but once you need to book the entire hotel (plus overflow hotels), and are still growing....

I will be talking to people about your not getting dealer space, but I am not an Important Person there.
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ssantara Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007
I really do not think it matters if you are 'important' or not as far as that is concerned..... You are as important as anyone else in that community. :)
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mudpaw Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
the antler piece is beautiful! I wish I had money, I would gladly buy things from you, but alas I am very broke and job-less :(
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
I've been there myself, and I'm not that far from there now.... I tell people that come by my dealer table, buying is optional, looking is required. :) Thanks for looking.
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Illahie Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
The driftwood one is so unique! lovely work as always :)
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
The driftwood one was the first one the store sold, which did not surprise me. :)
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Illahie Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
Me neither! I looks amazing :)
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Illahie Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2007  Professional Artisan Crafter
It I mean XD
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BricketSeppish Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2007
Oh my gosh, that one second in from the left is BEAUTIFUL! Do you ever sell your work online?
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DonSimpson Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
Thank you. Yes, I am now selling online. There is an Unsold Items folder in my gallery.
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