Thursday, March 30, 2006

Jill Carroll alive & free

hi -
I just read a headline that says Jill Carroll is alive and free, and that she was treated well by her captors.

here is the link

I will post more on this as soon as I can. this is the only story I can find so far.

tags - Jill Carroll


hi everyone

hope you are all well
I did not hear yet how the Kayford Mountain weekend went, hope it was a big success
things here are fine, the coltsfoot is still blooming and there has been a little rain

A warm hello to folks in Monterrey, Mexico

Well I am starting to think that Cleo is part tasmanian devil. I don't know what else could explain her little stunt the other day with the dog kennel.

Everybody had been telling me, put that dog in a kennel so she won't tear down your curtains and freak out when you are gone, so I went out and bought a Petmate kennel, the wire kind.

I put Cleo in it the other day and went out for just about an hour. When I got home she had MANGLED that cage, tipped it over on its side, and wriggled out of little gap in the floor of the cage that was so small I just about fainted when I saw it.

She had nibbled a whole bunch of enamel off the bars, too. It looked like a wild baboon had been in there.

Needless to say we will not be investing any more of our household money in Petmate Kennels.

Well I need to go work in the garden now, goodbye and thanks so much for reading.


Wednesday, March 29, 2006

---... - - community picnic in Floyd, Virginia - ...---

--...---...--- - - news for March 29, 2006 - The Jacksonville Center for the Arts in Floyd, Virginia will be hosting a community picnic and Earth Day celebration from 2 to 5 pm on Saturday, April 22. All are welcome! - ...---...--- - For directions to the Jacksonville Center, please call (540) 745 - 2784 or visit ---...-- To learn more about events being planned for April 22, please stay tuned to the loop. - ...---..---

Friday, March 24, 2006

Jacksonville Center on Channel 10 tonight

---...--- loop news for Friday, March 24 2006 - the Jacksonville Center will be featured on the six o'clock news tonight on Channel 10 (WSLS).


tags for this post: art, Floyd, Virginia

Sunday, March 19, 2006



Saturday, March 18, 2006

an email which might interest stone sculptors

hi everyone,
below is an email I just got from Dan Robbins up in New Jersey...
have a great day. -Suzy


I wanted to let you know of a summer internship for a non-graduating college student at The Digital Stone Project in Mercerville, NJ.  This is near Trenton, NJ.  The internship would go from about 6/12 through the end of August, perhaps into early September. 

If the student couldn't go all the way through August due to school, that shouldn't be a problem.  At The Digital Stone Project, sculptures are carved be machines and finishing is done by sculptors.  The student might do tasks such as sanding, filing, polishing, moving stone with overhead cranes, transporting bags of mud form the stone carving machines with a forklift, picking up around the facility, and odds and ends. 

Learning how to operate this forklift can be done quickly.  Summer's are busy at this facility and the intern may have a chance to meet artists passing through or working there.  In addition, the large outdoor sculpture park, Gounds for Sculpture, is just across street and down the road a little from the facility.  The facility's website is    

The student should have stone carving experience, of course.   The intern would likely make about $12/hr, and would likely get free scraps of stone- sometimes quite nice ones!  They might get to use the hand, electric and air powered tools there, as well.  A room may be for rent for $380/ month about 50 minutes south of the facility. 

Thanks for your time, and if you don't know of a student, feel free to pass this information on. 


Dan Robbins


tags for this post: traces, stone sculpture, stone carving, apprenticeship, internship

Monday, March 13, 2006

tricks & techniques of the anvil

hi folks, here is a post on an upcoming event at the Jacksonville Center...
have a great day! hope you all are well.


The Jacksonville Center in Floyd, VA will host a traditional “Hammer-In” in partnership with The Old Dominion Blacksmith Association on Sunday, March 19, 2006 from noon to 4:00pm.

A “Hammer In” is a traditional educational and networking event for members and those interested in blacksmithing.

The Old Dominion Blacksmith Association (ODBSA) is an affiliate of the Artist Blacksmith Association of North American (ABANA) and covers the southwest Virginia territory.

Dale Morse, Educational Director for ODBSA and owner of Clay Hill Forge in Charlottesville, VA will conduct the demonstration/lesson in the Center’s blacksmith studio. Entitled "Tricks and Techniques of the Anvil", the event is a presentation to the Association.

Dale Morse has been blacksmithing since the age of nine with early training in the forges of Booker T. Washington National Monument in Franklin County, Virginia where he and his family exhibited historically accurate demonstrations of every day life in a rural 1860’s era tobacco plantation. He has studied under Manfred Bredhol of the Vulkanschmeide in Aachen, Germany, Gabrielle Curtolo in Venice, Italy and under Joseph Stokes of Shropshire, England.

“Admission is free, but visitors will be required to register near the forge and sign a Waiver of Liability form,” said Jacksonville Center’s Director of Educational Programming, Chris Shackelford. “Due to liability and safety issues anyone under 18 year old must be accompanied by his/or her parent/guardian and everyone must bring and wear safety glasses. This is fascinating to watch but you must take precautions and be mindful.”

“Anyone interested in blacksmithing or wanting to learn blacksmithing will find this an excellent opportunity to see what it’s all about.” said Bobby Floyd, president of ODBSA. The Association will also conduct its traditional “Iron in the Hat” raffle and tailgate sales.

The Hospitality Committee of the Jacksonville Center will provide a lunch of soup and sandwiches during the event. Please RSVP (540) 745-2784.

The Jacksonville Center for the Arts is located on Route 8 in Floyd, Va, about half a mile south of the traffic light. The Jacksonville Center is a member-based, charitable nonprofit cultural arts center that houses a cultural business incubator, art galleries, a retail shop, a large community room available for short term rentals, and a variety of classes designed for both the regional community as well as the visiting public.

The Jacksonville Center is open Mon.- Fri. 9am-5pm, Sat. 10am-5pm and Sun. 12noon-5pm from spring to autumn. For more information, call 540-745-2784, or visit

Saturday, March 11, 2006

easy come, easy go

Cleo brought me a very thoughtful gift yesterday that she found in the woods: a deer head (8 point buck) in very fine shape, and only moderately stinky. I started cleaning it up and last night I set it in what I thought was a nice safe spot but this morning it was gone...easy come easy go I suppose.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

happy spring

hi everyone, happy spring. hope you are all doing well.
things here are fine but I have been extra busy lately

at least, I thought I was busy but then I read about what Doug has been dealing with in the past few goodness. now that's busy. and what a stupid kind of busy. stupid stupid stupid.

can't those privacy-hatin' mofos think of some more interesting way to waste the time and energy of nice people like Doug?

man. what a joke. good luck with the clown show Doug.

so I never did find out what happened to that agricultural land in South Central LA, hope it turned out okay & I wish all those folks well, whatever the outcome

here in Blacksburg the crocuses are already up and the daffodils are nearly so...pretty soon the redbud will be out...I don't know of any place to find ramps but I do hope to find some at the market this spring

let me see, what else.

invited artists at traces this spring include Phanie Gapinski (digital pictures), Melody Wolfe Thomas (ceramics) and Billy Miller (music & bamboo flutes) so please come see their work in Floyd if you get the chance

in music news Snake Hollow String Band will be playing at the Country Store on Good Friday, as I understand it, and Bernie will be playing at Over the Moon tomorrow (also Friday), Billy will be playing at Oddfellas on April 22, which is the same day we are planning our Earth Day Picnic at the Jacksonville Center...

oops I need to go now to get to a SLEC planning meeting, hope you all have a lovely day.

take care,