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Posts from ‘July, 2009’

Echos From the Past

I’ve been interested in sculpture since I was a young boy. I remember collecting pot metal from the door handles of junked cars, melting it in a coffee can over a wood fire, and pouring the molten metal over bunches of dead grasses that I had collected. The results were unique and visually interesting. I […]

Two Small Creations

Touchstone, like most craft schools, holds a weekly auction of student work as a fund-raiser for the school. Every Thursday evening, when classes are in session, there is an auction of student work. Sometimes, the auctions are quite lively and prices soar beyond my reach. Other times, I have been able to afford one or […]

Preparing For Next Year

Wednesday afternoon, after we returned from our visit to Thad Mosley’s show at the Mattress Factory, there was little to be heard from the students in the sculpture class – everyone was inspired in their own way. Chips were flying but there wasn’t very much conversation – everyone was too busy to talk. I had […]

Thad Mosley

Tomorrow is long past – sorry about that! I’ve been trying to create a post about Thad Mosley, but I find it hard to do so. How is it possible, in a mere blog post, to capture the essence of such a vital, fascinating artist as Thad? Perhaps the best introduction to his work might […]

Year Three

Pete Sternisha, a fellow student, arrived at Touchstone shortly before I did and, since we couldn’t check in yet, we wandered over to the firewood pile, where we had both found treasures in previous years. Pete pointed out a piece of well-seasoned cherry, with a large burl on it, that would become one of my […]

Moving Out

I left Floyd on the morning of June 28th, heading for Touchstone, after feasting on a huge biscuit from the Blue Ridge Restaurant. They make the best biscuits I’ve ever eaten! My only complaint about the restaurant is that I think that any restaurant that aspires to serve country “comfort” food should offer corn bread. […]

Shooting Creek Brewery

Last summer, I learned about the brouhaha over the Shooting Creek Brewery from Doug Thompson’s blog. I’m not much of a drinker – I don’t even average one beer a day – but I do like a beer that has some ‘bite’ to it when I do indulge. I don’t see the point of drinking […]

Roadside Flowers

Doesn’t it always happen? You’re driving along and you see the prettiest flower on the side of the road and you can’t stop or pull over to take a closer look. It happened to me quite frequently on this trip, but on the way back from the Grandin Village Community Market on the morning of […]

Sign of the Times?

I did a lot of research before buying property in Floyd County, investigating the lifestyles of the residents and learning a little bit about their culture. I have friends who have retired to Asheville and I had been looking there, but Asheville really did not appeal to me because it seemed to me that there […]


On prior visits, I had seen a few mushrooms here and there, scattered about the property. They must have been pretty hardy, since my prior visits were in early Spring and late Fall, judging by the number of mushrooms I saw this time. I know nothing about mushroom identification, so if any readers know what […]