Sunday
Sep232018

Edward Curtis Photogravures

Greetings! We had a visit today from Paul Unks (some of you good folks out there know him, I'm sure). Paul is a great guy; we had good conversation and Jeanne and I learned a lot about Edward Curtis.

I've always loved Curtis' prints. I studied him in undergraduate school; his work resonated on many levels for me. It was the first body of work that showed me that the line between "documentary work" and "fine art work" could be blurred, or mixed together, or morph into something truly original. It was a photographic epiphany for me. I believe that was in 1989.

I've only seen a few photogravures from Curtis in my life (Denver Art Museum); however, that all changed today. Paul brought a lot of "continuation work" and we had the honor to see it. Absolutely gorgeous. What a treat! I could bather on about it, but you know how good it is.

Paul is friends with John Graybill. John is Edward Curtis' g-great-grandson. John, and his wife, Coleen, spent the day here Friday - we've had a great weekend! Need I say more?

Paul with his Edward Curtis photogravure, "Canton de Chelly, Navajo" (forgive the crappy repro digi phone and reflections; you get the idea).
Quinn, Jeanne, and Paul with "Canyon de Chelly" - Edward Curtis
Beautiful!! Photogravure - Edward Curtis' "Cayon de Chelly, Navajo"
Thursday
Jul192018

Learn to Argue with Logic

Thursday
Jul192018

Critical Thinking

Sunday
Jun102018

Homestead Work - June, 2018 - Chainsaw Action!

This is the view from the "South Meadow" of our property. Such a beautiful place! This is about 9000 feet above sea level.
This is looking west-southwest, toward Guffey, Colorado. Way in the distance, you can see Saddle Mountain (beyond the
standing dead tree, that happens to be our property line on the south side). 

 

You look at a couple of blog entries in the past, you'll see that a tree was blown over and hit our trailer. We took care of that
problem this morning. Nothing that a nice Stihl chainsaw won't fix!! The tree is now several pieces of firewood and maybe
some seats for the fire!

 


We loaded 2 four foot pieces of the Ponderosa Pine for our neighbor - they're going to make flower planters out of them.
I grabbed two pieces for my anvils; I have a Roco 100 pound anvil and a small 50 pound that needed stands. These work great!

Sunday
Jun032018

New Knife Work - June 2018

I've been working on getting a "surplus" of knives going. I have about six knives that are WIP (work in progress) - these are a couple of them that I've been working on today (June 2, 2018). 

I cut off the end of the rasp to start forging the shape of the blade. 

7.5" Clip Point Bowie - This was a 14" Farrier's Rasp when I started (see first photo). 

I drilled a 3/8" lanyard hole in the handle for hanging, I can see this in the kitchen or in the greenhouse. 

And another one I started today - a "Baby Bowie" - I think I'll make these on the regular!