Wednesday July 13, 2022 Guerneville CA.
Barry shows up for a dirt bike ride
Top of the World
Armstrong Valley Farm
From there we headed on back to my house and my brother Tom came by and joined us in a bull session for a spell, then Barry headed on home to his place and I did some fertilizing and watering for the rest of the day.
Judith wants to know
Is that a lovely silver something chicken in the header photo? WAIT! It’s gone. Looked like a tureen or something. And a head-on view of a pecking chicken made of metal. It as great. Where did it go? I’ll go back to yesterday.
I think I know what you are seeing and I’ll see if I can get some photos together and answer your question. I have over a hundred header photos that are served up randomly each time you visit my site.
Looked like a piece of dinner serving ware, or something…made of silver, which the view of resembled a chicken to me. Well, never mind. It was not an actual chicken. If you’ve got more than a hundred photos on the circuit, you probably don’t even remember it. Ha. I will just have to live with my curiosity. As usual.
I think it was this thing
This is likely what she saw. It’s a sea urchin dish I made out of sea urchins and is cast in silver. The urchin’s have a beak that has five teeth in it. The top knob is the beak with five teeth and the five feet are each of one of the five teeth. It’s really made of two sea urchin shells, one slightly larger than the other. It’s made using the lost wax process.
For awhile I thought I might want to do this kind of stuff for a living, but in truth I was really move interested in doing all the processes to make this kind of stuff and I spent a lot of time making the equipment to do this process.
I started casting in bronze first but decided as long as I had to do all the same work I should do it in silver so I switched to that.
I did sell some of the objects but eventually decided against making any more as the process to make them took a long time and I didn’t figure I could make much at it.
At that time I looked at all the things I could do for a living and decided that the thing that I could make the most money for the least amount of work was doing electrical work so I did that just enough to get by until I reached retirement age.
That’s the story on the chicken looking things and I could see how Judith could see a chicken in there from only seeing the dish briefly.
Felt better just giving them away
Oh and after stopping selling the stuff, I enjoyed giving them away more. I sold a number of crabs but no one would pay for the expensive dish. It’s two parts so needed twice the money for a sale. I’ve given two of the dishes away to two special people I know.