Wednesday, June 25, 2014

First Days of Summer

I have a big project started with a 30,000 lb. stone, but it's out in the direct sunlight.  I've started another project that is in the shade for the first half of the day.  That has me getting up at first light to make the most of things.
 This is the stone - 8' high x 3'-8" wide x 2'-4" thick and 10,000 lbs.  I used a railroad jack to level the stone which will help me keep some of the design elements plumb and level.
 This is the progress so far. 
It is called Harmony and it deals with the balance between Mankind and Nature. 
 This is the view of the raw block from the other side while I was still jacking around getting started.
 ...and this is how that side looks today.  The top left corner is what I'll address tomorrow morning.
 On my birthday, we found a bunch of fossils on a walk in the woods.  Meg wanted to go out and look for some more.  We crossed the bridge at Cannelton and checked out the new road cuts on highway 37.  It was the first day of summer and the heat index was a solid 100 degrees - but that didn't stop the fun.
 We found some Lepidodendrons, which are extinct tall fern-like trees from the Carboniferous time period.  We have these coming out of the soil and sandstone at the studio - nothing new to us.
 These were different - they are fossils of tree-sized giant horsetails called Calamites.
 This is a close-up of a piece of sulfur that was associated with a seam of coal at the first road cut that we checked out.
The last stop was at a popular hunting spot at the intersection of I-64 and 237.  I've seen these kind of things before: starting at the bottom, a piece of turtle shell, 4 blastoids, 11 segments of spiraling Archimedes Bryozoa, crinoids, horn coral and 3 brachiopods. 
Check out when Meg posts the picture of a well-preserved Copperhead skeleton that she found (complete with fangs).  The snake is not a fossil - so anyone deciding to climb those rock ledges, like we did, should be forewarned.  I'm sure it was not alone.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Fly Like An Eagle

For a couple weeks, it's rained every day.  It has now turned hot - like it always does in Kentucky during the month of June.
 I finished this Indiana Limestone sculpture that measures 44"W x 22"H x 14"D.  It's called "Fly like an Eagle" and it shows armor plating opening to reveal a spread of Eagle feathers.  It represents the delicate balance between freedom and security.  It was inspired by the quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin, "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety".
 I've also been laboring hard, trying to finish "Ecliptic" which I started in December 2012.  I've been pouring day after day into this thing - each day thinking "it just needs another day".
(photo Meg white)
 Meg found this shark's tooth embedded in Kentucky Limestone.  I'd heard that the Indiana Limestone we carve has them, but I've never seen even one in 30 years of working with the stuff.
 Last Tuesday, I went to Tom Mitts' house in Newport.  This picture shows his kitchen window.  We had an early celebration for our adjacent birthdays; we ate and drank (too much) and caught the 3D movie "Edge of Tomorrow" at the local Imax.
 Sunday, June 15 was my 53rd birthday.  Meg and I went for a walk in the woods (and we only found about 12 ticks each, way down from last year's score: Don 25 - Meg 125).
 Meg checks out the minnows - the minnows check out Meg.
 A rock loaded with fossils.  It's cool as it is - wonder what it'd look like polished.
...and here's another one that came home with us.