Archive for January, 2012

What I have been working on this week

I have been making a copper band for a gÇod (Chod) drum, drawing and cutting some copper skulls.

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Here is a photograph of one of the ngakru that I have put silver on so that they can be used in practice. This one belongs to Lama  Shé-zér. As you can imagine, this work takes quite a bit of time. Designing and fitting silver to natural material like animal horn requires care and attention.  Lamas Shé-zér and Namgyal were given the horns by Lama Bar-ché Dorje as presents to celebrate their marriage.


I think these mélongs are ready to be given their new owners

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These mélongs are for Ngakma Pema Rig’dzin Zangmo  and Ngakpa ’ö-Nyi Dorje.


I am working on some mélongs for two friends. They will be used as part of their buddhist practices.

People often think that the last jobs- engraving and polishing- are the end but this is when one slip of a graver or some poor concentration when polishing can almost ruin a good piece.

I still need to increase the doming as well as engraving two circles that go around each mélongs. I will also have to add 4 sets of three small circles on each. Quite a way to go.

When the metal work is complete then a cho-phen (reality flag or tail) is attached.

Khyungchen Aro Lingma

Khyungchen Aro Lingma