Archive for October, 2010



“The obelisk is, to quote McDowell and Meyer in The Revival Styles in American Memorial Art, one of the “most pervasive of all the revival forms” of cemetery art. There is hardly a cemetery founded in the 1840s and 50s without some form of Egyptian influence in the public buildings, gates, tomb art, etc. Napoleon’s 1798-99 Egyptian campaigns, the discoveries at the tombs of the Pharaohs, and our new Republic’s need to borrow the best of the ancient cultures (Greek revival, classic revival, the prominence of classical studies and dress, etc.) led to a resurgence of interest in the ancient Egyptian culture. Obelisks were considered to be tasteful, with pure uplifting lines, associated with ancient greatness, patriotic, able to be used in relatively small spaces, and, perhaps most importantly, obelisks were less costly than large and elaborate sculpted monuments. There were many cultural reasons for the revival styles of the nineteenth century. Freemasonry, while part of the overall cultural influence, was not responsible for the prevalence of obelisks.”

The closet I came to seeing a spook today after seeing a handful of Zombies yesterday.


Presa Canario



This is a 18 photo stitch using Autostitch from some 2004 photographs so this could get better in different variations.

The pano stitching I’m doing now is going through old photos that weren’t so good (I still don’t have that great of a camera, then again it’s not really the camera is it) and blending them into sorta of a cubist image. I love it! what wonderful software and it’s free, a link to it is in the widget to the right.


Filed out negative carrier

This black border shows the difference in the size of the image in the old 35mm film format and the digital image of today. The point of the filed out negative carrier was proof of a un-cropped image and a badge of a great planned composition. Today I just point in shoot since I’m minus the view finder then I correct it later. I do have the image imbedded in my mind that I’m striving for. Things sure have changed. The images below are from my personal enlarger from way back when.

Yet again another photo composite of falling springs shot on film with a tiny Canon elph LT in 2002.

Here I have cropped a photo of Pete Cornell with his curved soprano saxophone. Wish I had a better camera at the time. This border has a whole new use in photoshop. Sorry purest.

Another 2003 film photo just before going digital.


Two more shots of the moon from Acca Bridge last Thursday at dusk.



The first of a series of portraits of mandolins. I’ve been playing my 19th century bowl back (circa:1886) since getting a bit of string fever again from attending the folk festival.

Tried to photograph a mandolin today and ended up with a moon rise and sunset at dusk.

Portrait of Weezie and my favorite mandolin (and it’s affordable) :

Kentucky Artist Collection “Oval Hole” A-Model Mandolins
This Kentucky mandolin is sweeter than black-strap molasses.
In the early 20th Century, mandolins like these revolutionized the way music was created in America. As an orchestral Instrument the mandolin enjoyed an unprecedented popularity and the instrument of choice was the flat-backed, oval hole mandolin, most often constructed in the A style configuration. Most of those mandolin orchestras are no longer with us but the popularity of the instrument has not waned.
Oval-holed mandolins are a bit less percussive than their f-holed counterparts and produce a warmer quality of tone. It is this richness of tone that has drawn so many artists to the KM-170 Series Kentucky Mandolin. In keeping with tradition and design the neck joins the body at the 10th fret. The slim, fast neck is constructed of a single piece of maple and is re-enforced with an adjustable truss rod. The neck is attached to the body with a complex dovetail join for maximum security and sound transmission. The bridge is adjustable for easy adjustment of string action. Tuning is quick and precise with the M-120, 14:1 ratio Gotoh tuners. The snakehead peghead shape is overlaid with Indian rosewood then inlaid with pearl and abalone in the unique arrowhead design.
The KM-174 delivers visual appeal and sonic power.
Fatt Dad and BigK with Carl’s(FD) grandfathers Gibson A-3, circa : 1902 to 1922. Hope to get a better photo of this someday and I believe Carl is also building a mandolin?



The Festival (third day)

I was listening to this Norwegian musician on the radio as I was driving to festival and was lucky enough to catch a couple of tunes live. . I’ve never heard of the Hardanger (violin) but am a fan now.
The Kingpins of the festival!
Portraits of our friends The Moser’s who worked the festival this year.
Both days I searched for Wes’s booth, I really wanted to do a panorama of his work at the festival. Hopefully he will let me do a panorama of him in his studio some day. Smoking! poster for the event and love his art!
John claims Tony was playing Clarence White’s D-28  
I take it for granted that people know alot about Tony Rice. These ads I dug up and scanned out of my decade old guitar magazines may help. Anybody that has played a Martin D-28 or really noticed its sound knows this stuff. I even built a Stewart MacDonald copy of this guitar a few years back and even though its an ok guitar it doesn’t come close to the real thing. With all things wood some are better than others. The Clarence White story and Santa Cruz Guitars producing this Tony Rice Professional is all wonderful in keeping great instruments built. It was a big deal seeing Tony and Peter play this past Sunday on 10/10/10, and hope others enjoyed it as much.
My personal favorite of some really beautiful duets.
A cool fountain behind the Richmond Federal Reserve taken with my second digital camera that did horrid, primitive videos. This was the 3rd National Folk Festival 2007 (getting confused about the names).
I really liked this stage the first year.
Nati Cano’s Mariachi Los Camperos played before Ralph Stanley and they were awesome. I believe this was the 3rd day of the 1st Richmond Folk Festival (National Folk Festival?).

The Festival

Wish I could have stayed longer but listened to the rest of the day on WCVE, thank god for public radio.

The alto-sax player David Hood of The No BS! Brass Band is old friends with Pete Cornell so it was great seeing them for the first time. Standing room only for this local group, I shot this from outside the back of the tent.


Noritake China

My sister found and gave me these two cups and saucer’s this year, which I remember our dad using to drink his coffee from for most of his life. Dad would have been 101 today.

The Richmond Folk Festival also begins today. Took this photo of a couple of my favorite 19th century wooden objects from our collection.


Description de L’Egypte

I just finished reading MIRAGE Napoleon’s Scientists and the Unveiling of Egypt by Nina Burleigh. Slowed down my reading a bit because I didn’t want to finish it (may read it again), it was that good!  Here are some of the images I got while Googling during reading the book. This drawing of Napoleon at the pyramids from the book Description de L’Egypte is my favorite engraving.

1984 Computer portrait from State Fair

October 2010