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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Ashtray Schematic

This was a cheap pressed Mexican ashtray from Cost Plus. I did some coldworking.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Tree From the Internet


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Social Weaver Bird Nests in Africa? I regret that I can’t find the source of this image. Something that was on my twitter feed yesterday, and reminded me of the shapes of trees that George Herriman used to draw,


Herriman Tree October 30 1921 copy




















so I saved the tweeted image and drew it:


A Tree from the Internet 2 copy bolded 5
















This page is informative:, and has more pictures like this one:




















This makes me wonder about the relationship of the Social Weaver Bird Nests in Africa to these mud Swallow? nests under the bridge in Monte Rio California:

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Do these birds and their nests have a common ancestor, or is it more like a form follows function, parallel development of similar solutions to similar design problems situation?…which all goes to show that I’m fascinated with shapes and what they might or might not mean. And I guess I’m easily amused.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Bambi’s Cape

Bambi's Cape

Thanks for the yarn, Carlos!

Here’s Bambi modeling the cape in a photo by Yukiko:

Bambi by Yukiko

Ruthie & Freddie

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Photo by MJF

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bruce & Bruce

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Bursten & Bortin

Everett & Jones

Photo by MJF

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Road Trip

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Bruce Mary Meg Djeneba

Red Dog


cathy mary tom gayle djeneba huck

Cathy Mary Tom Gayle Djeneba


Red Dog


djeneba bruce roots

Djeneba Bruce

Armstrong Woods


,ary bruce monte rio

Mary Bruce

Monte Rio

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