Rosin is used on a violin bow, and a bunch of other things, but it is
not made from amber. Amber is the fossilized sap, Rosin is made from
present day tree sap, aka resin. On making rosin for violins:
Resin Man was a an invented childhood superhero who could shoot huge
globs or quick-setting resin at evil-doers and trap them like insects in
He once had to save pregnant women from Abortion Man.
THe Amber Room? It's just that the royalty collect more tax money than
they had sense, and spent it on ostentious displays. Amber used to be
considered a precious material, and IIRC, wasn't that more true of th
Slavic nations than th European...? I can't recell corrctly... Anyway,
they used to cover walls with velvet, silk, and gold, so why not amber?
OTOH, for all I know, they put up silk curtans in it and did weird things
with static electricoty, who knows...
Wow! Its like being on the inside of a gilded box. It is a wonder anyone
would want to be surrounded by so much, although as a ballroom it would
provide quite a setting for a party! Don't you think amber would offer a
special luster to the room, not achieved in any other way, which would not
come across in the photographs? The nature of amber is different than other
stones and would provide a unique effect, especially in conjunction with the
exhaustive elaborate gilded carvings. It's not like one could/would encrust
a room in diamonds, so it seems the amber provided a more feasible
alternative. The detail is so elaborate and similar to mosaic patterns,
therefore taken from a distance some details are lost. Being in the room
could be quite a different experience.
This is a perfect example of what could be saved, for us and for future
generations, in a virtual reality world, because after all, in a virtual
world you can spend anything you want. :)
Ever hear of Vitrolite? It was common Deco era stuff, and had a similar
'depth' but in many colors, large sheets, and mass produced. It's
disappearing from our streets, but there's still some around. Onyx also has
similar properties without being way toooooo expensive for the average baron
of business. I've used it in their house interiors.
There's plenty of it in and on my home. Large portions of the exterior are
clad as well as some interior areas. I really don't care for it.
I can start looking dirty if not cleaned once in a while. The stones are a
translucent white with amber viening. A little too Liberace
for my taste.
I hear ya. My personal taste runs more towards the arts & crafts. Housing
for the new rich isn't *always* a study in subtlety, you know. If you pick
your pieces carefully though, it doesn't have to be *way* over the
top...."not that there's anything *wrong* with that!"
Arts & Crafts is also a favorite style of mine.
I completely renovated a 1913 Craftsman bungalow in 1993. Loved it.
I also like linear mid-century modern which.
is what I am in now (steel, glass & stone late 60s).
I am also a fan of mid-century Danish modern interiors.
Like A&C, the Danish modern have hand crafted, natural materials but in a
less formal, sculptural style.
A few months ago I purchased a fine example DM dinette in Las Vegas. It was
designed and produced by hand by Niels O. Moller in 1954.
It's similar to set recently sold at auction for $9700. I bought it from a
dealer who should have known better than to sell
it to me for $350, score!
I have a sizeable photo collection of both A&C and MCM I've been sifting
I may post a photo album when time permits.
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