January 2020

Justin Barrett, Jade Hunting, Large Jade

Jade Hunting

Jade Hunting Walking the beach for hours provides a place where thoughts escape me.  The hustle of the world just seems to  stop.  Where the ocean provides a playground full of treasures to be found.  There are not many things that compare to climbing over a large boulder and finding a beautiful gem waiting on […]

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Justin Barrett, Big Sur Jade Diving, Diver

Big Sur Jade

Big Sur Jade Big Sur is home to the only known under sea concentration of jade in the world.  These stones come in an array of colors and sizes.  Some the size of the tip of your pinky, and others several pounds.  They are found by searching the beach and rocky shoreline.  Or in some

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Justin Barrett, Jade Carver, Jade Face Carving

Jade Carving

Jade Carving Jade carving is a practice in patience.  To hone this craft is a lifetime endeavor.  I often find myself having to think outside the box of conventional tooling.  To me being a stone carver has been an exercise in creating tools out of necessity for each project, as well as learning how each

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Justin Barrett Jade Diver, Jade Diving, Big Sur

Jade Diving

Jade Diving Diving in Big Sur today was about as calm as it gets. Rough by most diving standards, the ocean off of the Big Sur coast is generally rougher due to the exposure to the open ocean.  On this day doing some exploratory dives with another jade diver (Paul Jensen) in some areas where

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Verdant Valley Mining, Jade Mining, California, Stone Cutting, 36 Inch Saw

Jade Mining

Jade Mining Exploring a new acquisition in the hot dry foot hills of California’s western Sierras. Allowing me to offer bulk stone for carving and processing.  This has been a huge education in the geology of metamorphic stones.  While harvesting stones in the range of a thousand pounds and beyond. I have had the opportunity

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