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I have a bunch of these little Nigerian sapphires I purchased years ago and because of the size I don’t cut them often. This is a half ct in a unique shaped cut. Contact me for availability or other inquiries.
Lennon Knox McGookin (how is that for a great name) was the first man to ever show me how to sharpen my tools.
He was the father of my childhood friend Sean McGookin. When I was 10 years old he moved across the street and he was this fellow that I would see every once in a while. Ten years later when I was needing help figuring out how to sharpen the tools I looked up my old friend and asked him if he could arrange a meeting. He made the arrangements and I went to visit Len at his Vancouver apartment. I was warmly greeted at the door and invited inside. Not having known Len as a kid I hadn't been aware that he had thick Irish accent. I was offered tea and we sat and talked about his life in the trade and tools, working at Sarbers, his friendship with Robert Davidson. We sat and talked for a couple of hours and he took me to his work area which was an old typing desk. He showed me his engraving block and all of his tools. It was cool to see that as he sat and worked at his bench he could look down on the busy street while he was making not only Northwest Coast style bracelets but beautiful and very unique Celtic bracelets. My focus up until that point was on Northwest Coast style engraving and I had brought one of my bracelets to show him. He gave me many design tips and then he said we should go visit Bud Mintz at Raven Arts Gallery. We drove across town and arrived at the gallery on South West Marine drive. It was a non descript building located in a back alley way. As I entered I was blown away by what I saw. Up until that point I had only seen Robert Davidson works and books and here were several of his pieces along with many other great Northwest Coast artists. We had a wonderful meeting. Bud was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. Donny Yeomans walked in as we were there and I got an opportunity to talk with him as well. .
How does this tie to this picture? Well, as I was looking at it I was thinking of how grateful I was to Len for having spent the time with me and teaching me how to sharpen my tools. I will be forever grateful for his help and will never forget that day. .