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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...
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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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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...
Anyhow, I think they ought to offend nobody and they are quite beautiful.
Here is a picture from en.wikipedia.org
Example of leaf variation among various cultivars of Japanese Maple
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.
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.
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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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