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The Work of Art

It has always seemed to me that the central activity of humankind is art, that our common job consists of fitting each and every one of our unique and individual selves into a whole life and landscape, into our communities, into our common stories. (Irish pun intended) features some essays about that work — the day-to-day making and fitting […]

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For bowl carving, Bill invented this simple jig that sits on a bench to hold your bowl-blank, and greatly eases the job of hand-carving a bowl. He has also adapted the traditional Swedish pulling harness for the crooked knife, reducing it to a cord and a toggle handle with which to pull the knife.

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Two-tier yurt with Bill Coperthwaite

Here’s the lovely, two-tier yurt that Bill Coperthwaite helped us build last October. It’s on the grounds of Margaret Mathewson’s Ancient Arts Center near Alsea, Oregon, just a long leap over a couple of ridges, into the next drainage south of us (on Lobster Creek, which flows into the Alsea River). We’ll finish the woven willow and mud walls this May. If you want to come help, we’ll be having two workshops, 1st and last weekends in May.

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