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     Pictures from the 2011 Rock Show held at the Timberline Gym

                                                     Machine Faceting gemstones

 

 Gordon Billings, long time member and hand faceter

      Demonstrators

    Bob & De Morgan

Suiseki display

What is Suiseki

Suiseki (Sui = water, Seki = stone) is the study and enjoyment of naturally formed stones as objects of beauty. The art of Suiseki involves the collection, preparation and appreciation of unaltered naturally formed stones. These stones are found in mountain streams, on windblown deserts, along ocean beaches - anywhere that nature may have deposited or shaped them. They are chosen to represent part of a scene in nature, Mountains, waterfalls, caves, or they may represent objects, men animals, boats, huts, or they may just be uniquely patterned, Japanese chrysanthemum stones are probably the best known example of these.

As with Bonsai, Suiseki was first practiced by the Chinese during the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279), and are generally referred to as Chinese Scholars Stones. As trade and contact between China and Japan flourished in the middle ages, the Japanese adopted and adapted the art form to their own culture, and like bonsai have set guidelines and refined the art. Due to this Japan is thought of as the mother nation of Suiseki.

Suiseki are often seen at Bonsai shows either to compliment a Bonsai on show, or as a separate display in themselves. In recent years appreciation for Suiseki and Chinese Scholars Stones has spread far beyond Asia and collectors are active in many countries, and exhibits are held in cities throughout the world.

 Kid's soapstone carving table

 Kid's corner - making rock creatures

New this year was the gold panning free for kids 12 and under

 

The weather was perfect for this outdoor event

The gold panning was enjoyed by all ages 

 

 One of our young members working on a stone

Ask an expert was also a popular event

Lots of beads to choose from

Ron McBurney's display of art rocks

 

The fluorescence stone display is fascinating

The Palaeontology Society from Courtenay was there with their interesting displays

The Show had lots to offer everyone

Plus great food!

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