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I’m carving birds again! Stop by and visit with me and see my new work on Small Business Saturday from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm at Homespun’s new location at 869 Mass Ave. I will be carving — a new style murder of crows and larger owls. In addition to birds I’ll have boats, whales, a polar bear, ukuleles and leatherwork. Stop by and see the new shop space and visit. (Homespun will be open as a preview shop — moving here after the holidays.) Congratulations to Amanda and Neal on this move to cool larger digs!

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Photographer and friend Ernie Mills accompanied me on my annual West Union (Park County), Indiana bald eagle trip.

For particulars about where and when and what to expect visit my earlier post here.

We left home at 5:30 and arrived at the West Union Covered Bridge at 7:30 as planned.  Several other folks had gathered to witness the eagles as they moved from their roosts to the Wabash River.

We saw about a dozen eagles rise above the ridge to the north and drop back behind the trees — loads of eagles, but none came too close.  At one point we were able to see eight in flight at one time.

The sun broke over the horizon.  The other birders had their eagle and got in their cars and left.  Ernie and I remained to shoot the bridge and the landscape in the marvelous mid-winter light. We were joined by a pair of nearly identical kittens from a nearby farm.  These little guys followed us the entire time (in fact one got in the car) and became the focus of many of our shots.

We left West Union following the Wabash to Montezuma.  We parked near the river and walked across the old iron bridge.  Mid-river I stopped and scanned the trees looking for birds and spotted a large bald eagle in the trees on river right.  We crossed the road and doubled back.

On the way home we made a quick stop at Turkey Run State Park and photographed a few birds around the Nature Center bird feeding station.  We walked into the woods and photographed ice, rocks and water.

On the drive home we came across a small flock of wild turkeys including some beautiful Toms.  Ernie hit the brakes and we backed just in time to see them disappear into the trees.

In Crawfordsville Ernie spotted another bald eagle flying right over the downtown buildings.  We followed it through a neighborhood and onto the Wabash College campus.  Ernie got a quick shot before it flew out of range.

Ernie an I spent a week together in New England in October of 2010 and really had a great adventure.  It was nice to be together and pick up where we left off.

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Greg Adams, Willow Furniture Maker, and I spent Friday and Saturday together at a show in Troy, Ohio.  I discovered the Greg enjoys exploring new towns as much as I do.  We discovered K’s Hamburger Shop.  It’s been in Troy since 1935 and is still in the original family.  It’s squeaky clean, friendly, fast, inexpensive and delicious.  Most importantly it’s a time capsule and a great place to see and hear the folks of Troy.

(It was the neon “EAT” sign that lured us in.  We’re both suckers for old neon!)

We lunched on double cheeseburgers, fries and Coca-colas.  We returned this morning.  Greg had biscuits and gravy, I had one giant hotcake (paper thin and crisp on the edges.  We both had bacon and coffee (refills $.10!)

I will have to find an excuse to get back to Troy and have a meal.

Other meals of note included Maid-Rite Sandwiches in Greenville, Ohio and Grilled Ham Sandwiches at Sparky’s Doghouse in Mt. Summit, IN.  All are highly recommended for taste and value.

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As a “folkie” I’m really interested in folks, their skills and talents and the communities that develop form them.  Yesterday I had an opportunity to celebrate and share much of my circle of talented and sharing friends.

For the third year Blue Stone Folk School was featured on the stage of the Pioneer Village.  It was a day of great music, traditional arts and sharing.  My daughter, a fine performer in her own right, represented us and all of Hamilton County as our 4H Fair Queen.  She is our designated county representative at the fair and she made the most of it.

I want to introduce you to these folks.  I’m sure there are others.  I didn’t get photos of all of the members of Alice Chalmers and the Stick a Cork in It Jug Band.  I regret this and apologize.

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I teach 5th and 6th grade.  I’ve spent this weekend in meetings and preparing for my students.  I’ve been working hard to  make the most of my few days of summer.  When I had an opportunity to head home an hour earlier than expected I detoured to Lapel to make a long overdue visit to the shop of Greg Adams.

I made a brief entry last week when Greg presented me with my recent Indianapolis Monthly feature nicely framed in his trademark rustic picture frame.

I’ve been  aware of Greg’s work for years but we didn’t connect until we were both named Indiana Artisans late last year.  We later spent a weekend together at Marsh Madness in Linton.  He surprised me last week by dropping in for a few moments at the Gathering at Garst in Greenville, Ohio.

(I didn’t realize until I was doing some Googlin’ for this piece that Greg and I both participated in a Traditional Arts Indiana initiative several years ago.  I’m surprised we didn’t meet then.)

I sat and talked with Greg for just a few moments before John Bundy pulled up in front of the shop.  John spent the weekend with us in Linton.  Bundy Decoys are beautifully carved and finished and can be found in shops and galleries across the country.  John is a character and once he arrived we sat back and listened to his stories.  They are colorful and sometimes not fit to print.

 

I realized that we were experiencing something akin to the gentlemen that once hung around the Corner Drug Store in Noblesville, or the Liar’s Bench in Nashville or one of a million general stores, barbershops and taverns across this country.

It wasn’t long before we all parted ways to head home to family, a little better for some quality time shooting the breeze.

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Hear me (and a lot of smarter folks) talk about our art, the alternative craft movement and Saturday’s Bloomington Handmade Market.

WFIU – Radio Broadcast about Saturday’s Handmade Market

Tuesday, March 29

See images and links for all of the vendors here.

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I spent this weekend in Linton, Indiana celebrating the restoration of a giant wetland, Goose Pond, and the return of an amzing variety of waterfowl.

I never saw Goose Pond.

I joined three other Noblesville area wildlife/outdoor artists to participate in an arts and crafts show.  These artists included: Greg Adams, Bruce Neckar and John Bundy.  We were hosted by Indianapolis photographer Wilbur Montgomery at his Lake cabin in Parke County.

When we arrived at the Linton City Park we were surprised to find the entire park under water.  The Roy Clark Building, where we were to exhibit was on a bit or raised, and dry, land at the back.  We plunged ahead and set up.  It was a rainy miserable day.  The park drained, but water kept falling and the crowds were thin all weekend.  During the day the DNR, from Hardy Lake, displayed a variety of Indiana Raptors.  Two or three times daily the gave a great lecture about the birds and their work.

Throughout the day folks stopped by and reported the  birds that they had sighted including coots, sandhill cranes, whooping cranes, snow geese and a variety of ducks.

We didn’t take our work to the event to make money.  It’s a cause in which we all beleive.  This was a show of support.  In spite of this we all were able to sell enough to leave pleased.

I did have an opportunity to spot some interesting birds.  On the drive south from Brazil we came across a vulture eating carrion on the side of the road.  Sartled it flew up and into the path of the car.  John Bundy was driving and swerved to miss.  The bird struck the radio antennae about two feet in front of me.  I got a clear view and could identify it as the rarer black vulture.

On the drive home we drove for miles past the flooded Eel and White Rivers.   Near the Eel River we spotted a bald eagle perched in a tree.  Near Martinsville we were driving along flooded fields and I spotted quite a few coots.  At dusk outside Paragon we noticed a flock of large birds flying parallel to the highway about 50 yards to our left.  We speculated that these must be sandhill cranes.  Sure enough we came upon hundred and hundreds of sandhills in the shallow floodwater.

In further support of the effort to restore and reclaim this marsh (and to get a nifty hat) I joind Friends of Goose Pond. Look into it.  It’s a great effort.

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