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Sunday Show & Tell - Post your projects!
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Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
05/03/2020, 11:32:48

Happy Sunday and hope everyone is safe and virus-free!

Here is a recently completed project - I finally got several more of the smaller feather-trailed beads that matched the others. Hard to find this design, and I had to "pay the price" for some of them.

The five largest beads were a "find" at Leo Hakola's room at HoJo's in Tucson a few years ago. The smaller matching beads were collected slowly since then.

Please post some of the things you've been working on - completed or not. Or anything else you'd like to show & tell about!

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A Taste of Tucson
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Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
02/12/2019, 12:00:32

Just getting all my new treasures sorted and photographed. I'm posting some of the highlights of my trip in this thread.

It seems that every year, there is a flurry of inquiries concerning where to go in Tucson. So if you are planning to go next year, I suggest you save this information as a guide for the best places to look for collectible beads and interesting items.



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Leo Hakola was at Kino Sports Complex this year
Re: A Taste of Tucson -- Rosanna Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
02/12/2019, 12:19:12

Leo, aka Trade Beads of the West, had his usual immense pile of old and new beads. I purchased a short strand of mostly Venetian and Czech, including a nicely worn 7L chevron at the center. I find the translucency of the "white" layers to be unusual - since I'm not a chevron expert I'd appreciate any comments about this bead.

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Please post favorite images of bead sellers.
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Posted by: Frederick II Post Reply
11/07/2017, 17:51:33

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Leo!
Re: Please post favorite images of bead sellers. -- Frederick II Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
11/08/2017, 11:41:09

Leo Hakola
Tucson 2016

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"INDOQAT"
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Posted by: Timbuk-2 Post Reply
02/18/2017, 15:37:46

I must admit I was not only "waffled" but truely baffled, when seeing this bead for the first time. It is so well-made, and the color are so close to the "real thing", that I did not know for a while, what I was dealing with!

Actually, I still don't know for sure! Neither how it was made (torch, but still...), nor when exactly or where. Especially the "where" is of interest. Could it have been made anywhere but in Indonesia, is the question?

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Re: my examples!
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Posted by: stefany Post Reply
02/19/2017, 04:55:34

i got these in Tucson in 2015 they were threaded with some other obviously Indonesian beads, and at a guess i think they were all made in Indonesia in the 1980s. they are mostly 35 millemetres or about 1.4 inches long

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this shows the beads as i bought them-
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Posted by: stefany Post Reply
02/20/2017, 03:51:56

please note they are threaded African-fashion on raffia with green beads that are very similar types to Indonesian ones i acquired in my shop at its old address in the later 1980s, which led me to guess a similar date for these - which i bought from Leo Hakola who has said many times that he generally stopped buying over 20 yrs ago... i suppose even with a big pinch of salt they cannot be very recent. I think the ones with the dots are particularly attractive!

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Some Tucson buys - went a little crazy on phenolic beads
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Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
02/19/2017, 22:31:42

Still on a PF (phenolic resin) kick when I got to Tucson this year. Some of the beads I just had to have -

Strand of mostly bi-cone shaped PFs, from Bully Jawara at the Gem Mall. He says these are from Mali.

Strand of small PFs, probably originally prayer strand beads, from Saibo Tunkara at Gem Mall.

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From Leo Hakola's stash
Re: Some Tucson buys - went a little crazy on phenolic beads -- Rosanna Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
02/19/2017, 22:35:18

Leo had quite a lot of PF to choose from. I had fun showing him and his assistant how to do the reamer test to separate PF from other plastics.

Necklace with large cube beads was made by Leo himself. The central cubic bead is not PF, but the other two are. Imitation amber composition can be quite difficult to identify!

Sweet little PF dice beads, with a lot of patina and character.

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It's such a treat to see the Tucson pictures, thank you Floor, Joyce, Rosanna
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Posted by: Judy Post Reply
02/14/2016, 17:35:53



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A few more pictures of Leo Hakola's stash
Re: It's such a treat to see the Tucson pictures, thank you Floor, Joyce, Rosanna -- Judy Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
02/14/2016, 18:24:33

Best place to spend time just looking through "stuff" was Leo Hakola's Trade Beads of the Old West room at the Howard Johnson's show.

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Tucson 2016 Beads - First, a bead from Saibo Tunkara, and from Kamol
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Posted by: Joyce Post Reply
02/04/2016, 21:22:15

Each visit to Tucson is a little different from the others. This time, the first few days were lovely, fairly warm but dropped by 25 degrees. Rosanna and I arrived bright and early at 2:30 a.m. 1/28 on the Amtrak train from NorCal and spent the day at The Gem and Jewelry Show on Grant. Always excellent with world class dealers of collectible, antique and ancient beads! We also visited the show at the Howard Johnson, the Pueblo show, the Gem Mall, and African Village. It was great to see my African trader friends from 10 - 15 years ago (how time flies!) when I used to sell on eBay. Not only do I miss those times, I miss those prices.

Tonight David did a few nice images for me of the sweetest of my 2016 "finds"....

A gift from Saibo Tunkara at the Gem Mall, a nice pink 7 layer Chinese chevron, circa 2008. About 25mm x 30mm. These were never as plentiful as the standard colors and are generally not around anymore. Thank you, Saibo!

I had a nice visit with Kamol and Becky from Seattle. They do 2 bead shows a year in our N. California area, and shows all over the U.S. The first time I met Kamol was at the fondly remembered Marin City flea market, approx. 1994. Their setup at the Gem Mall is nice and large, with a varied selection of everything from ancient beads, Thai silver, nice quality new ethnic beads and wonderful Thai raw silk scarves. And more! These brass beads from Nepal with coral chip inlay are very neat - they are pleasing to the touch as well. About 12mm x 15mm.

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Leo Hakola at the Howard Johnson
Re: Tucson 2016 Beads - First, a bead from Saibo Tunkara, and from Kamol -- Joyce Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: Joyce Post Reply
02/04/2016, 21:39:21

I've heard about Leo for a long time. He used to sell at the Bridger rendezvous and at Tucson. Last year was his first time back to the big T in about 12 years. His room was stuffed with beads! There just isn't enough room to display everything but one is welcome to dig through the wooden boxes laden with product. This is for those with time and patience and an understanding of what they are pawing through. I'm hoping that at least one of Rosanna's pictures of Leo comes out okay. He is a most authentic looking character, with a kind nature and a sparkle in his eye!

Two green nueva cadiz, and a lovely strand of 5mm x 5mm clear "Russian" cut beads (clear versions of "Russian Blues") not seen (by me!) with an African trader in years were discovered (surface finds) in Leo's room. They are approx. 13mm x 25mm. The green NCs were at the bottom of a wooden box of.....eerrr....stuff. Always dig to the bottom.

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And Heeeere's Leo!
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Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
02/05/2016, 10:04:25

Livin' the Mountain Man life - Leo Hakola is a gentleman and bead lover, and we had multiple visits to his store in the 6 days we were in town.

More photos coming later - still recovering from the cold I picked up!

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A couple of bead pix
Re: Tucson 2016 Beads - First, a bead from Saibo Tunkara, and from Kamol -- Joyce Post Reply Edit Forum Where am I?
Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
02/05/2016, 19:25:49

Still feeling under the weather, but spent a few minutes on photos from the show.

First is a killer strand of fancy blue king beads - seen at Alhaji Kaira's table at Gem Mall. Way out of my price range...but wonderful to see a whole strand of these rare beauties.

Second strand of fancy barrels from Leo Hakola's room at HoJo's, and this one did go home with me!

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Some more Tucson Show & Tell
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Posted by: floorkasp Post Reply
02/07/2015, 20:49:33

We had another couple of great days in Tucson. Yesterday was one of the highlights for sure. Got to spend nearly the whole day with Robert Liu and Patrick Benesh-Liu. Talked beads, culture, art, politics, and went around the new Glass Art and Bead Festival, the Grant and the Flame Off, a lampworking competion.

Today we had fun at the African Village, and went to see Leo Hakola at Howard Johnson. Rosanna was not kidding, this guy has some great trade beads that do not surface that much. It was quite strange, coming from the African Village where the majority of the beads are now newly made, and walking into this guy's room. We shared our love of beads, and I got some great goodies. I'll get some pictures of what I got later, but here are some images of the last few days. This Thursday we are leaving for New Orleans. Rosanna got us some plastic 'throw beads', and at Leo's we actually found some vintage Czechoslovakian Mardi Gras beads!

First picture: Peter's new career: he is taking over Bob Burkett's business. (we were booth sitting so he could get some much needed coffee)
Second: some of Bob's bees attacking my beadwork

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Beads from Leo Hakola
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02/07/2015, 21:11:45

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Yes, there were beads in Tucson!
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Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
02/05/2015, 08:51:47

It'll take me some time to unpack all my Tucson 2015 treasures, but here are two Venetian "finds" from the Ethnography Group at the Grand Luxe (formerly Rodeway / Grant Inn). The lime green "cakes" were from Bassem's table, and the rather strange combo of Indian and older Venetian fancies were from Thomas' display.

It was a wonderful trip, with lots of friends, food, rainstorms, and of course, BEADS!!

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Some more Venetian finds
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Posted by: Rosanna Post Reply
02/06/2015, 08:29:08

Found a rare strand with glass snails (Trade Beads of the Old West, Howard Johnson show), and a strand with very rare & unusual green beads with a design that imitates Bodom designs (Alhaji Kaira, Gem Mall)- or were the Bodoms imitating the Venetians ?

Trade Beads of the Old West is the store of one Leo Hakola, who said he's been absent from Tucson for 12 years. His room at HoJo's was chock full of trade bead strands - lots of rare and interesting beads that I have not seen for sale at the African trader's tables. If you are still at Tucson, or not yet arrived - check this one out!

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Leo Hakola at Spokane Antique Show
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Posted by: Russ Nobbs Post Reply
04/28/2013, 21:44:37

Dee & I ran into Leo Hakola today at the annual Custer's Antique Show.
He's still dealing beads like the 7 layer chevrons he is holding. His booth was mostly filled with antiques and family artifacts. Here is a snapshot of Leo

He honored me with a piece of Indian chevron style cane. Leo said this was some of the early Indian cane that Bob Akrish sent to China for cutting, grinding and much better polishing than was being done in India at that time.

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