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A suprise from a friend
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Ferret
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These arrived from a friend in Japan this morning. Absolutely beautiful. Hand caved ebony. Mother Of Pearl inlayed banana

 

I wonder if he realized what the leaves are roflolpegs-1.jpgImage Enlarger

 

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Aren't those,, "Canadian Maple Leaf's" ?

 

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Well they ain't roses! blurry_drunk-2127

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The pieces are beautiful.

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What a great gift! Ferret. Those are so beautifully inlayed. Very high quality mother of pearl as you can see from its color reflection.

Your friend is from Japan so it's Japanese Maple Leafs. wink

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Very cool John!  Can't wait to see what you do with them!

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awesome, that's what I'll tell the cops when they show up... Japanese Maple Trees. LOLroflolroflolroflolroflolroflolthumbs-up

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Wow, those are beautiful! I know a bloke who'd love them; he doesn't actually play violin, but he acts like he does on stage for a band he's in. I'll send him the pic. And sure, if anyone asks, just say they're Japanese maple leaves... rofl

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They're green stars.. Yeah, that's the ticket.

Still, a lovely gift and it will make a seriously distinctive looking violin/fiddle.

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John... What a lovely gift.
Where you are from, will much be made of the leaves? Or are people pretty mellow about said leaves ? My community would be all stuffy and judgy about it...

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coolpinkone said

John... What a lovely gift.
Where you are from, will much be made of the leaves? Or are people pretty mellow about said leaves ? My community would be all stuffy and judgy about it...

The town that I live in, Byron Bay, was the Australian capital of the 'Flower Power' era of the 70s. Half of us old guys in town still have our ponytails jimi-hendrix

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Hey, come on, folks.  Those are Japanese Maple leaves, very traditional motif in Japanese art.  Google Japanese Maple and look at the images.  The leaves you are apparently thinking of are longer and thinner (you can also google those).  I am 100% sure that Japanese Maple was on the mind of the artist.  Of course, I've also been known to be 100% wrong...

 

roflol

 

Anyhow, I think they ought to offend nobody and they are quite beautiful.

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I agree soma... Different shape....

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well considering that as of 2008 there was a recorded 5000 different strains of the "alternate" maple leaf plant, I would suspect those could be pretty darn close to one of them...roflol

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My question is how popular those inlays are?????
Cool.

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Here is a picture from en.wikipedia.org

Example of leaf variation among various cultivars of Japanese Maple

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It may not be very popular due to labor involved in the inlay process, I think.

In some countries where those MOP inlays are done manually to an instrument (complete intricate art work), it could take up to 2-3 months to finish.

 

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I thought you guys were joking about the Japanese Maple. LOL
Had to look it up.

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That's some beautiful inlay.

Didn't know about Japanese Maple leaves before now, so learned something new today.smile

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So, after a night of hard playing, the gear is all cleaned and packed, the last elixer of choice have been consumed. Do you then crush the "Taditional Japaneed Maple Leaf" inlay and inhale it or just wipe it down for your next gig.

roflol

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Actually if you kindly pass them along, I'll show you what they look like on my violin  ;)

 

 

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Hi All

I am, by the way, a certified horticulturist and I really don't think that they are Japanese Maple. roflol

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