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THIS PAGE  NOW UPDATING

( 27 th. NOV.  -2014)

STILL WORKING ON IT ! & adding photo's

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 SOME OF LAFFANKI ORIGINAL PAINTINGS CAN NOW  BE VIEWED ON :-

      GOOGLE :-  GO TO "PAINTINGS SOLD AT AUCTION FOR ARTIST LAFFANKI"

ON PAGE 2....."PAINTINGS SOLD AT AUCTION" YOU WILL THEN SEE SEVERAL

 PHOTOS OF LAFFANKI'S WORK.....MORE THAN CAN BE VIEWED ON HERE .

  PHOTO'S ARE OF LAFFANKI'S WORK.  

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                            NOW EDITING & PHOTO'S TO BE ADDED BELOW......

 SCULPTURE    2014 :-  

 THIS IS A 3/4 LIFE SIZE  SCULPTURE OF

USAIN BOLT

THE FASTEST MAN

ON EARTH OVER 100 & 200 Mtrs.

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 THIS SCULPTURE BY LAFFANKI IS

THE ORIGINAL

  A ONE OFF... AS THERE WILL

NEVER BE ANY REPRODUCTIONS OR COLD CAST BRONZES

AS THEY WOULD ONLY BE COPIES ! ! !

NOW A COPY.... IS A COPY....IS A COPY

NO MATTER HOW YOU LOOK AT IT

OR HOW MUCH YOU PAY FOR IT !

SO A COPY CAN NEVER HAVE THE SAME VALUE OR...

THE ORIGINALITY AS THE ARTISTS ORIGINAL WORK...

WHAT LAFFANKI HAS CREATED IS SPECIAL

THE  ORIGINAL

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USAIN BOLT SCULPTURE

  THIS IS LAFFANKI'S MOST IMPORTANT WORK OF ART 

 AND IS ORIGINAL & UNIQUE. 

 LAFFANKI HAS DEVELOPED A STYLE  HE CALLS

" CROSSOVER SCULPTURE ".....

THIS A CROSS BETWEEN THE WORK OF

A MINIMALIST SCULPTOR SUCH AS....

" GIOVANNI  GEOCOMETTI " 1901-1966   

AND  

A NORMAL  BODY FORM.....

LAFFANKI'S USE OF "ARTIST'S LICENCE " HAS ALLOWED

HIM TO TAKE FROM BOTH STYLES OF ARTISTS WORK

TO MINIMISE.......SOME ASPECTS OF THE BODY.

& YET TO ACCENTUATE  THE POWER & FORM

THAT IS THE TRUE POWER  OF.....

USAIN BOLT

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METHOD OF CONSTRUCTION:-

THIS IS  THE METAL ARMATURE ON WHICH

  THE SCULPTURE HAS BEEN "LAIDUP" BY HAND..

  

 

             THE SCULPTURE WAS ORIGINALY STARTED ON 1st. AUGUST 2012.... 

SO HAS BEEN 2 FULL YEARS IN THE MAKING

  DUE TO ILLNESS.... LAFFANKI SUFFERED A HEART ATTACK

22nd. SEPT.  2013 & WAS UNABLE CONTINUETO WORK

ON  IT AGAIN UNTILL THE 3rd. OF JUNE THIS YEAR !

& ONLY COMPLETED WORK ON 8th. SEPTEMBER. 2014.

AND HAS TAKEN AN UNBELIEVABLE AMOUNT OF TIME

INFACT ...TO MAKE....HAS TAKEN...... 

OVER  2,050 HOURS IN TIME ALONE

 YES !...THAT IS CORRECT ! ! !

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NOW:- AS TO THE  COST OF MAKING THE SCULPTURE ?

 WELL IF YOU CARE TO WORK IT OUT THE LABOUR

@ THE MINIMUM HOURLY RATE

PLUS THE COSTS OF ALL THE MATERIALS.....

YOU WILL GET SOME IDEA....OK.

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XX ....IF LAFFANKI HAD ANY IDEA  HOW DIFFICULT

CREATING THIS SCULPTURE WAS GOING TO BE

HE WOULD NEVER HAVE STARTED .........  

WORK IN THE FIRST PLACE ......

THAT IS FACT.

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ABOVE  ARE   SOME  OF  THE  HAND TOOLS

LAFFANKI HAS USED  .....TO CONSTRUCT THE WORK.

 A WELL AS  VERY DIFFERENT  METHODS TO CONSTRUCT.  

THIS  IS LAFFANKI'S LARGEST SCULPTURE;

& IT BECAME A VERY STEEP LEARNING CURVE.......

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FOR THE FINE DETAILED WORK REQUIRED IN

CUTTING BACK THE HANDS ; NOSE ; EARS ; EYES

THE LIPS ; WORKING UP THE SHOES

& THE THE ALL INPORTANT LADYBIRD...

A HIGH SPEED ELECTRIC  "TREMEL" WITH

DIAMOND CUTTERS HAD TO BE USED.

AND IF IT WAS NOT RIGHT TO KEEP

CUTTING BACK & BUILDING AGAIN & AGAIN

4 ,5, OR MORE TIMES UNTIL IT CAME RIGHT ! ! ! 

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FIRST OF ALL LAFFANKI HAD TO CONSTRUCT   

THE 3/4 LIFE SIZE ARMATURE

(  MADE OF A SELF-ASSEMBLY FRAME WORK OF

CAST IRON FITTINGS HELD IN PLACE BY GRUB-SCREWS )

ON TO MILD STEEL TUBES......  

WITH THE AID WITH THE AID OF AN ALLEN KEY.

  IT WAS NOT POSSIBLE TO GET  THESE TIGHT ENOUGH.....

TO MAKE THE STRUCTURE STABLE !

THIS CAUSED THE FIRST BIG PROBLEM ! ! !

NOW FOR THE NEXT BIG PROBLEM......

IT WAS ALSO NOT POSSIBLE TO WELD OR BRAZE

THE 2  DISSIMILAR METALS TO MAKE....

THE FRAME RIGID ; AS THIS WOULD CAUSE EVEN

MORE PROBLEMS...........SO LETS HAVE A  "LOOK SEE "

ON THE INTERNET.........& AFTER SEVERAL DEADENDS ......

FOUND A FIRM IN USA.......WHO MADE ARC BRAZING RODS.

SO AS THERE WAS NO UK. STOCKIST HAD IT IMPORT THEM ! !

..........O..........

NEXT PROBLEM WAS TO FIND SOMEONE WHO WOULD

 HAVE A GO AT THE TASK.......OF ARC BRAZING.

THE FIRST 8 APPROACHED EITHER  WENT  DEATHLY WHITE

OR FUMED & MUTTERED & SPLUTTED &

GAVE THE IMPRESSION OF AN IMPENDING

HEART  ATTACK........ ! ! !-

FOUND HIM....VERY HELPFUL & A GOOD JOB, WELL DONE !

** SO  GO BACK TO THE PHOTO OF THE ARMATURE

TO HAVE A LOOK.

 ALL THIS TOOK ABOUT 3 MONTHS......

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NOW.....THE REAL WORK COULD START !

LAFFANKI WENT DOWN THE VERY TIME CONSUMING ROAD

OF LAYING-UP THE MATERIAL BY HAND......

THE MATERIAL USED WAS A RESIN WITH A HARDNER &

A LIGHT WEIGHT FILLER TO ADD BULK TO THE MIX.

USING ARTIST PALLET KNIVES (SEE TOOLS ,ABOVE)

IT BECAME  A CASE OF BUILD-UP & CUTTING BACK

WITH JOINERS CHISELS & REPEATING THE

PROCESS AGAIN & AGAIN & AGAIN..........

& 20 OR 30 TIMES ; WORKING UP A SMALL AREA

AT A TIME UNTILL THE REQUIRED RESULT

& SHAPE STARTED TO COME TOGETHER.......

& THEN MOVING ON TO ANOTHER PART.....

THE HEAD & EYES CAUESED A LOT OF TROUBLES

AS DID THE HANDS (COULD NOT GET THEM RIGHT &

HAD TO CUT THEM OFF & START AGAIN A FEW TIMES

BUT I DID GET THEM RIGHT IN THE END )

SO TIME WENT ON AS IT DOES & THE SCULPTURE

TOOK FORM & SHAPE & GREW UNTILL ......

IT BECAME THE FINISHED WORK THAT LAFFANKI

WAS SATISFIED WITH...........

AND ONLY THEN COULD LAFFANKI

ADD THE FINISH COATS OF PURE BRONZE, 

POWDER WITH WITH A RESIN MIX & GETTING

THE RATIOS CORRECT WAS ANOTHER

NIGHTMARE ,WITH 5 TO 8  OR MORE COATS

REQUIRED & RUBBING DOWN WITH EMERY PAPER

BY HAND BECAME DIFFICULT ! ! 

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                        NOW.....  

LAFFANKI HAD ALREADY MADE

SEVERAL SCULPTURES IN WHAT HE FELT WAS ...........

THE HARD WAY.......LIKE EVERONE ELSE......

MAKING AN ORIGINAL SCULPTURE FROM SCRATCH

THEN MAKING A MOULD & CASTING IT IN.........

COLD CAST BRONZE FOR THE MASS-MARKET;

OR HAVE JUST A LIMMITED EDITION OF.....

A FEW CAST IN BRONZE BY A FOUNDRY.

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AS LAFFANKI HAS SAID BEFORE...........

BUT THESE ARE NOT ORIGINALS .ONLY COPIES!

A COPY...... IS A COPY......IS STILL ONLY A   COPY.

 

BUT THEN AFTER A LOT OF WORK.......

THE SCULPTOR THEN CHUCKED OUT HIS ORIGINAL   ?

WHY ?

WASTE ALL THAT TIME & EFFORT,ONLY TO SCRAP IT ! 

 LAFFANKI HAS ALWAYS FELT THAT 

THERE  HAS TO  BE  A  BETTER  WAY.......

TO CREATE THE ONE OFF ORIGINAL.....

THAT IS BY IT'S VERY NATURE UNIQUE & THAT

NO ONE ELSE IN THE WIDE WORLD WOULD HAVE

ONLY THE ONE PERSON WHO HAD......

THE FORESIGHT TO BUY THE ORIGINAL

IN THE FIRST PLACE !

NOW....THIS HAS TO BE THE BETTER WAY ...

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BELOW ARE SOME DETAILS OF THE FINAL WORK

                               THE FACE;                                                            BACK OF HEAD & HAIR

  NOTE THAT USAIN BOLTS EARS ARE DIFFERENT

 AS HIS LEFT EAR WAS DAMAGED

   WHEN HE WAS YOUNGER.

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 THIS IS USAIN'S RIGHT HAND.

 3 ATTEMPTS BEFORE LAFFANKI GOT THS RIGHT !

 

  

NOW :-  

IN THIS LAFFANKI SHOWS  USAIN'S   

                                       LEFT HAND IN WINNERS POSE..........

HIS FAMOUS  VICTORY POSE. 

                         WITH ARTIST LICENCE TO ACCENTUATE THE POINTED FINGER.

below this will just refresh your memory .

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AND NOW ONE OF USAIN RUNNING SHOES......

  GAVE LAFFANKI A LOT OF TROUBLE TO GET THEM RIGHT.

    

 

     SCULPTURED; USAIN'S RIGHT FOOT & RUNNING SHOE

 WITH A LAFFANKI "LADYBIRD"   MOTIF....

 THIS HAS BEEN PART OF LAFFANKI'S SIGNATURE SINCE

AFTER THE FIRST 50 PAINTINGS ........

 NOW, OVER 650 HAVE NOW BEEN PAINTED; 98% ARE SOLD.

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XX STILL ADDING TEXT & PHOTO'S

  *  LAFFANKI WOULD LIKE TO  CONFIRM THAT HE STARTED 

                      PAINTING AGAIN..........FOLLOWING A RECENT HEART ATTACK !

BELOW YOU CAN FIND SOME RECEINT

PAINTED 2014  WORKS.......

 

   

     

                         BASED ON A PHOTOGRAPH OF A LARGE WATER LILLIE

                   FROM  GARDEN POOL AT HOME AND THIS.....

            PAINTED ON B'D WITH AN IMAGE SIZE OF 30"x30"

   AND HAVING ALL "THE WOW FACTORS" OF

LAFFANKI' PREVIOUS ORIGINALS & PAINTED THIS YEAR.  

 

 

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                   LAFFANKI'S..... FEW REMAINING ORIGINAL PAINTINGS

     & NEW WORK........CAN BE VIEWED AT HOME.....

                          (BY APPOINTMENT  ONLY PLEASE ) TEL;-01524222238   

          

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                 XX    NEW INFOMATION........ 

 BUT YOU WILL SOON SEE 

LAFFANKI'S ORIGINAL WORK ON :-WEBSITE  OF:-

  Saatchi Gallery       LONDON    

  

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LAFFANKI HAS NOW APPOINTED AN AGENT FOR LONDON.

 TO SELL INTO THE LONDON GALLERIES   :-

 SEE L/H SIDE  FOR INFOMATION  

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                                               LAFFANKI ORIGINALS  


 
 1.SOLD  2.SOLD 3.SOLD.  5. Sold 
1
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AT THE AGE OF 82    LAFFANKI HAS ALREADY

PAINTED.....650 ORIGINALS & SOLD 642... 

SO FAR...WHICH IS OVER 98 %
               

XX-   THERE ARE NOW.........  ONLY 8     

    ORIGINAL PAINTINGS LEFT UNSOLD

(AS AT20th. MARCH)

 
    SO IF YOU EVER WANT TO ADD TO YOUR COLLECTION OF

LAFFANKI ORIGINALS

SO ACT NOW BEFORE IT IS TOO LATE ! !
                        

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XX- LAFFANKI  NO LONGER   ACCEPTS ANY COMMISSIONS.
( IRRESPECTIVE OF THE MONEY OFFERED ) 

 

XX- AN ORIGINAL LAFFANKI HAS GOT TO BE BETTER

THAN TRUSTING YOUR MORE MONEY TO AN OFF SHORE BANK

THAT COULD PROVE TO BE  DODGY  ! ! !

 

AT LEAST YOU CAN HANG YOUR LAFFANKI ORIGINAL PAINTING

ON THE WALL  & ENJOY FOR  A LOT OF YEARS !

WITH THE LIKELIHOOD OF A GOOD INVESTMENT

IN THE YEARS TO COME .........

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XX- SEE ORIGINALS FOR SALE PAGE ;
FOR PRICE GUIDE-xx.
 

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 NOW ; IT IS AN UNFORTUNATE FACT THAT

 
 MOST ARTISTS HAVE TO HAVE DIED ! ! !
 
 BEFORE THE AUCTION HOUSES & THE GENERAL 
ART MARKET WAKE UP TO........
THE VALUE OF AN ARTISTS WORK.


  LAFFANKI WOULD RATHER SEE THIS HAPPEN

AND THE VALUE OF HIS WORK INCREASE
DURING HIS LIFE TIME !  !


XX-AND WOULD ADVISE ALL COLLECTORS
 OF HIS WORK

TO INCREASE
THE INSURANCE VALUATION GIVEN ON THEIR
ORIGINAL PURCHASE INVOICE. ( X2 )


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NOW JUST PAINTING FOR HIS OWN PRIVATE COLLECTION.

BUT......PAST CUSTOMERS ARE WELCOME TO .......

VISIT LAFFANKI.....AT HOME TO VIEW.....

BY APPOINTMENT   ONLY 

AND CHAT OVER A CUP OF COFFE

I MIGHT EVEN BE TEMPTED TO PART WITH A PAINTING ! 

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BECAUSE LAFFANKI REQUIRS
ED........

A NEW CHALLANGE,

 

LAFFANKI STARTED A LARGE SCULPTURE IN JULY OF 2011

 

( STILL NOT FINISHED ; DUE TO HEART ATTACK IN SEPT 2013 )

 

PROGRESSED WELL :- 90% FINISHED........

  UNTILL HEALTH  DEALT A BLOW !

 

WILL GET BACK ON TO IT WHEN THE WEATHER WARMS UP 

AS MY STUDIO IS A CONVERTED GARAGE &

AS COLD AS HELL IN THE WINTER MONTHS

& IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO WORK.

 
 CREATING MUCH LARGER   SCULPTURES
3/4 TO LIFE SIZE.  AND LARGER .
WITH A DIFFERENT WAY OF MAKING THEM
SO THAT EACH SCULPTURE WILL BE

 THE ORIGINAL   ( & NOT A COPY)
   
LET ME EXPLAIN....
NEARLY ALL SCULPTURES
THAT ARE SOLD ARE NOT THE ORIGINAL ART WORK
AS CREATED BY THE ARTIST ; UNLESS THEY ARE A CARVING
OUT OF STONE OR ANOTHER SOLID MATERIAL , OR
CREATED BY THE HAND OF THE ARTIST...


AND THE ORIGINAL

TO MUST BE THE ONLY ONE ! !


  
WITHOUT ANY OTHER MEANS ;SUCH AS A MOULD
 FROM
WHICH A CASTING IS MADE.....

THAT IS NOT THE  ORIGINAL !

IT IS A MOULDED COPY.

THERE MAYBE ONLY AS FEW AS 3 TO 6 OR 8.
IN HOT CAST METALS.

** BUT WITH COLD CAST BRONZES & OTHER MATERIALS
THERE COULD BE SEVERAL HUNDREDS.....

BUT..... THESE ARE ONLY COPIES ! !

AND ARE A CASTING FROM THE ORIGINAL ;.......

ORIGINALY BY THE HAND OF THE SCULPTOR !

OK BUT LET US STOP FOOLING PEOPLE....
NO MATTER WHAT YOU CALL IT !

A COPY..... IS A COPY...... IS STILL A COPY.

  OK.

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XX- WHAT LAFFANKI WILL CREATE WILL BE


A ONE OFF ORIGINAL .
 
AND STAND ALONE ART WORK
 
     XX  NO MOULDED COPIES OF ANY SORT  WILL BE MADE. XX

XX- THERE  WILL THEREFORE  ONLY EVER BE THE ONE....-XX
 LAFFANKI  WILL CREATE  BY HAND

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               NOW :-  XX- LAFFANKII HAS ALREADY STARTED WORK           

( JULY 2012 ).........ON A NEW

AND MUCH LARGER SCULPTURE OF 3/4 LIFE SIZE 

PROGRESS:-......THIS IS  WORKING OUT AS REQUIRED.
BUT THIS IS A LONG, & HARD LEARNING CURVE !

AND THIS LONG COLD WINTER HAS PUT MY SCULPTURE

WORK ON HOLD ; UNTILL THE WEATHER WARMS UP !

NOW ;- MY  HEALTH HAS  PUT THE LARGE SCULPTURE ON HOLD

UNTILL THE WARMER WEATHER

AS I STILL HAVE AT LEAST 2 WEEKS WORK TO DO.

 

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INFOMATION

XX- IN THE YEARS LEADING UP TO 

THE PRESENT TIME..........

 AND   AFTER THE 1st. 50... ORIGINAL PAINTINGS
 LAFFANKI   HAS INCORPORATED 
  A LADYBIRD ON ALL HIS PAINTINGS  &
SCULPTURES


AND THIS IS PART OF LAFFANKI'S SIGNATURE. 
          FOR FULL DETAILS OF ORIGINALS REMAING SEE ABOVE...
 

AND


 <<<-------------------SEE "ORIGINALS FOR SALE".... PAGE.


    
<<<------------------  LAFFANKI'S CV. CAN BE VIEWED  

FOLLOWING HAVING A NEW HARD DRIVE ! :- NOW REINSTALLED


  AS MOST THE PAGE
HAS GONE "WALK ABOUTS" 

( AS SOME DATA DID NOT GET TRANSFERED ) 
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 e-mail   laffankiart@btinternet.com

               

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                            OVER THE YEARS    LAFFANKI.... .......

HAS GROWN  A  STRONG FOLLOWING

                  FOR HIS ART WORK BY  WORD OF MOUTH & PERSONAL SERVICE  

    &  RECOMMENDATIONS FROM  COLLECTORS WHO ARE  DELIGHTED 

    WITH THEIR LATEST PURCHASE  OF LAFFANKI'S  ORIGINAL ART

          AND JUST  CAN'T  WAIT TO TELL THEIR  FRIENDS &  FAMILY   

    ABOUT THE NEW  LAFFANKI  THAT THEY HAVE JUST PURCHASED

   ALL HIS WORK HAS  THAT...........SPECIAL

       "WOW "  FACTOR THEY ALWAYS ; MAKE YOU  FEEL SO HAPPY &

   CHEERFUL,....... NO  MATTER WHAT THE WEATHER   ! ! 

 LAFFANKI  THANKS YOU FOR TAKING THE TROUBLE 
TO READING THIS.


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COMMENT:-

"THE SLEDGE HAMMER TO CRACK A WALLNUT"!

ON A RECENT JOURNEY I WAS STOPPED BY THE POLICE.....

ON A VERY RURAL ,STRAIGHT ROAD,
WITH VERY FEW HOUSES & MAINLY OPEN COUNTRY ;
BUT A 40 ZONE;
AS I WAS DOING 42 MPH; ....OK I SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN DOING THIS!
BUT CAN SOME ONE PLEASE TELL ME WHY ;
IN THE TIME OF ALL THE CUT BACKS TO SAVE MONEY
IT TOOK ; 3 POLICE CARS & A POLICE VAN AND A SPEED CAMERA & 4/5 POLICE !!
TO STOP "THE NUT"..... WHO WAS 2 MPH TO FAST ? ? ?

IT MAKES YOU THINK !
THAT IS NOT COST EFFECTIVE !




 

  LAFFANKI ON HIS 79 th. BIRTHDAY JAN.2011.
HOLDING A COLD CAST BRONZE CASTING OF
A BLACK RHINO HORN HE MADE FROM HIS ORIGINAL SCULPTURE


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-SEE SCULPTURE PAGE.

  

 

 XX-AND ALL IMAGES & ART INCLUDING THE NAME LAFFANKI
ARE SUBJECT TO COPYRIGHT. .

THIS WEBSITE IS EDITED
& ADMINISTERED BY LAFFANKI.
AND IS SUBJECT TO COPY- RIGHT;-
INCLUDING ALL IMAGES & THE NAME LAFFANKI.
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 xx...NEW PAYMENT METHODS


BY SAFE INTERNET BANKING THROUGH MY HSBC ACCOUNT.
THIS ACCOUNT HAS BEEN SET UP AS
A COLLECTION ONLY ACCOUNT.
SO THAT NO MONEY CAN BE WITHDRAWN FROM THIS ACCOUNT;
IT IS THEREFORE 100% SAFE.
YOU CAN MAKE PURCHASES BY 
e-mailing me first with infomation on what you wish to buy.

OR JUST TO HAVE A CHAT

 

THIS PAGE IS NOW UPTO DATED 12/6/2014

LAFFANKI Laffanki, The Old Lune Barn, Melling, Carnforth, Lanc's. LA6 2RA T/F: 015242 22238
Email: laffankiart@btinternet.com