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Our Top Ten Hall of Phame

HALL of FAME !!

The top ten images we sell

year after year since 1982 !

 

This is my favorite all time photograph

Daisy Della Fay Koonuk Age 3 – Dec. 1982

This is my all time favorite image, that I have created, purely by accident. Walking into the scene at the right time.. .. As is the case for most of my ‘striking images’ that are in the top ten list of images we sell year after year. There is quite a story behind this image. A most unusual true story of being offered 100,000 for the complete rights to this image. Most people would find that sort of far fetched but it is true.. I said no to that offer. Under the advice from some friends high in the Art-World in Peabody Mass. Prestige Gallery at the time featured the top ten artists in the world. Samatha Delay was the vice president of United Bank of Alaska. She is the one who made that offer.. She is the one who stole most of my second years whale hunt. photos & neg’s. She later ended up in Jail for fraud from trying to swindle some investors out of a huge amount of money. She got 7 years in jail – It was all over television all over the state-wide news. Here is what the original 6×7 image looked like. Created on the airport runway in Point Hope, she had just got off the plane, I was getting on that same plane to head up to Point Lay.

ORIGINAL-DELLA-FAY

Our #1 best selling image year in year out !

 

Our # 1 best selling image year in and year out !!

Year after year.. .. this is #1 choice by our customers.

The whaling Captain in the front of this ‘boat’ is boss over all You can meet her here, Molly Margret Stone. Age 4 whaling captain of this fine crew !! The temp this day was at least 40 below it was Easter Sunday 1989. Approximately 9:00 a.m. – While walking past some houses I could hear yelling and screaming by some children, I understood the words they were yelling out so loudly, As I came into this view, this is what I saw -=[click]=- These are the words I heard and understood – “Killamiik Killamiik (hurry up hurry up) Samma (Look I show you) Agvik Agvik !! ( Whale whale ).!! These children have one thing on their minds and that is to become a successfull whaling captain when they grow up, this is their life, this is their culture, this is their food !! Their whole life, revolves around that whale ! It takes one year.. .. just to get ready !!

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

 Kathy Rock

Oh so lovely - Kathy Rock Age 10

I was walking from camp site to camp site near the tent areas looking for something to create, I was just at the tent that this young girl was sitting at, in a rocking chair, eating a can of fruit, by the tent 7 miles out on the ocean ice pack. I began to create images of her sister Nancy, who was cutting Maktak with an ulu knife. It was at this time, that Kathy moved from that rocking chair, to the seat on the snowmachine, I knew exactly what I wanted to create, A close up of her lovely face with her nasiq (hood) up. I approached her and asked if I could create a striking image of her, she smiled and said yes. As I brought the camera up to compose the image, she began to smile. I brought the camera down and said No ! kathy, please do not do that. I want you to look right past me. right through me, I am not even here, I am invisibile, again I brought the camera up, and her face changed to that smile again. I had to spend 1/2 hour with this child, I knew what I wanted, before hand, Now how to achieve that look. for that .. .. .. I needed X-tra help. I always ask, and say thanks and wait. It took some time, then I saw that ‘look’.. .. Yes ! yes ! -=[click]=- I only exposed one frame of film. i knew what I saw when I released that shutter ! There was no way to improve that look!

 

Again .. .. .. I was walking

Wanna see me eat snow ?

.. .. ‘walking past some large huge pieces of ice, again, I could hear voices of children, giggling when I came into tthis scene, this is what I saw… Immediately without hesitation to capture the moment quickly with a RB 67 click ! history was recorded of a young girl lauging saying.. ‘wanna see me eat snow ?’ ! Daisy Della Fay looks so adorable in her parky that was made by Hilda Weber a Russian Eskimo woman who made the best parky’s and kupak’s in town. Rachel Koonuk & her cousin Doreen Koonuk & Daisy Della Fay @ play in sub zero temps, 7 miles out on the ocean ice pack in the middle of frozen no where. Having so much fun, .. .. ‘with nothing’ !

A typical whaling camp

A typical whaling camp midnight in mid May 1983

Seven miles out, on the ocean ice pack – this is home for the next two months! This is where the hunters sleep, eat, and spend the greater part of each day, right here. No tents, this is where Point Hope differs from Barrow. In Barrow, the tents are brought down on the ice for the hunters to sleep- not so in Point Hope.

Tuzroyluk’s Crew

Tuzroyluk's crew waiting for a whale to give itself over to the captain of its choice.

Cruising for food; in the Chukchi Sea @ 40 below zero, heading straight into the wind. Our method of ‘food’ shopping” is much different then most of the lower 48 states. Obtaining food out here, in the middle of no-where is very dangerous. Anything can happen at any time with no warning!

Two Teenage Inupiaq Girlfriends

 

Elaine Frankson & Minnie Stone

Two teenage Inupiaq girl-friends pose for me @ 50 below Feb 83

 

 

 

 JIMMY NASH (age 3)

 

This is a boyer ! Jimmy Nash - age 3 - ALASKAS' ARCTIC PAGE 128

Jimmy Nash Age 3 boyer !! This image is on page 128 of the big white book published by Graphic Art Publishing company in Portland Oregon. ALASKAS ARCTIC My name is in the back .. David J. Eves for the five photographs they published in that book, I received $5,000 It is a matter of FACT.

 

Aaka & Aapa

The Great grandparents of my 4 Inupiaq sons !

The great-grandparents of my four Inupiaq sons.

Winner of the Alaska Press Award

1989

WINNER - ALASKA PRESS AWARD - 1989

Rex Rock – Whaling Captain

Midnight – May 14th – Looking for the mighty bowhead whale

Those are the ten; now, and way back when .. .. ..  But there are .. .. ..

SO MANY MANY MORE !!!

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Ivory Hummingbird

We received a request from a valued customer who wanted an Ivory hummingbird.  Can you make one of those I was asked.

Ivory Hummingbird

New Fossil Ivory

New Fossil Ivory

Yesterday we purchased a new tusk of fossil ivory 26″ long.

This piece of fossil ivory cost more than six hundred dollars;  We are hoping for some spectacular colors when we cut it open to make the slices for bracelet pieces & ear-rings. Much of the time when a new piece of fossil ivory is purchased;  the inside is pure white.  This is always a major let down due to the fact that white ivory cannot  fetch the same price per bracelet as fossil ivory.  Fossil ivory’s colors are so unique. Incredible colors are the main factor to get two – three times the price for the same piece of ivory product. Thus it is a great disapointment to cut the ivory open and see only white. Sigh, but all is not lost here.  As you can see, when we did cut this open we have some colors, but in the middle of the tusk when we exposed that portion, the ivory is pure white.  Baby Oil or

White with some hues present

Mineral Oil will bring out the faint hues that you can see in some portions of ivory.  Just soak these pieces over night to bring out the colors into dark saturated colors instead of having slight hues to the pieces.  The difference between the pieces that are not soaked and the pieces that are soaked is profound.  Two entirely different  pieces of ivory.  Take a tip from ‘pros’ that do this for a living for almost 8 years now.  Buy a piece of Ivory for under a hundred bucks.  Cut it open and see what you have.  If that piece on the inside is plain white; Simply soak the pieces in the oil over night and the next day or two will reveal stunning new patterns and colors that you never thought were possible in the ivory piece you are using.  I have some before & after photographs to illustrate the vast difference in the colors of the ivory when soaked overnight in baby oil or mineral oil.  When ever you slice or cut ivory to make ear-rings or bracelets pieces, each slice should be 1/4 ” of an inch thick.  I have posted much information on how to create stunning ivory bracelets; I have also; so far – to this date- uploaded 38 videos on You Tube showing all the detailed steps on how to create Ivory bracelets. YOU.. ..  need to get busy & learn how to do this.  There are two reasons why this is so important… ONE) These steps will teach you a skill in which you can easily make money @ home carving ivory.  Two) We will purchase all bracelets & ear-rings you make.  We have too many orders, we are swamped with orders that we can’t possibly keep up with.   We are seriously thinking of opening a small ‘factory’ here in Anchorage and hiring & teaching people to perfect our style of bracelets.  This is very easy to accomplish and it doesn’t take but a couple / few days to learn to become very good at making  the type bracelets you see posted on our web site and blog.  You can make so much money from doing this at home.

We have posted all the steps here on City-Data dot com.  Currently this thread is 33 pages long with hundreds of photographs, videos and instructions for you to easily learn how to successfully carve ivory and make stunning bracelets.  All you need to begin is a coping saw, a vise, &  a dremel tool.  The rest of the supplies you need include sandpaper, super glue, bracelet cord, & of course some ivory to work with.  We have taught many children how to do this in Point Hope and in Kotzebue & also in Barrow.   Learn a good skill – you will never have to worry about money again, that is for sure.  It is very easy to make – ‘many’ thousands of dollars per week,  Just by repeating these same simple steps over and over again.    Slicing ivory, making simple shapes, of  rectangles, ovals, hearts and many other simple shapes that are easy to work with.  Hey! this is fun… that is the exact same words each and every one of our students have said in the past.  Why won’t people do this if it is so easy ? –  They are too lazy!!  We have been doing this for just over 8 years time and we make money every day, sometimes twice a day.  Where in the world can you make 10 – 20 or even forty thousand per month ??  IMPOSSIBLE you may say. but I kid you not this is easily accomplished just by makiing four bracelets every day.  4 bracelets per day for a week is 28 bracelets, now multiply that x $200 dollars each is $5,600 per WEEK in sales X FOUR WEEKS = $22,400 BUX in  MONTH. Who do you know?

The Next Day

That makes that kind of money – AT  a real job ???   Here is your chance to prove me wrong! GET TO WORK – get busy… spend the necessary time it takes to do these simple steps and learn how to pre-fab and make 2 – 3 – 4 bracelets in a day; Learn the routine and work at it, repeat all the same simple steps and strive to shorten your work methods to cut down on the time it actually takes to make a bracelet.  We do this every day- day in & day out for eight years now,  We know how long it takes.  3 1/2 hours to make a bracelet from start to finish.  Every day we are working by 8 a.m.  We are out the door before noon with 3 braclets for sale.  When the boys return home, They get busy pre-fabbing for the next day for a couple of hours, so that when they wake up, It won’t take much time to finish the job, and bring $$ home.  Lately we have been slacking off.  We only go out to sell – Mon-Wed-Fri.  We eat out several nights per week.  Now if you set up a small work area, and have a few friends or family members join in and work together as  A TEAM.   YOU can easily make 3 or more bracelets per day.  We are now just ‘coasting’ in 2nd gear and bringing in a steady-stable  3k or more per week.   What could be an easier way to make money ?? Working @ home having fun all day long every day with no hassles of any type.

Here are two of the bracelets we finished today !!  ENJOY!!

GORGEOUS FOSSIL IVORY

Stunning beautiful fossil ivory