This is my Dad's way of proving: you think you have a studio? THIS is a studio!
(I got him Crocodile Dundee [need i specify which?] for Christmas)
in the back loading dock entrance of this once-upon-a-time grocery store lies this Mayan stone carving. it's one of only three original casts of this particular piece
Dad let us touch it even though it was one of the more important museum artifacts being stored there, but this didn't cure Michael's frowny face...yet
It smelled like you imagine it smelling in Indiana Jones when you see that warehouse of millions of important objects just sitting around. Apparently the Mayan calendar completes a major cycle in the year 2020 at which point, my Dad joked, some new age types would be watching for the end of the world.
and now...the studio within the warehouse of lost museum artifacts:
that's not an arrowhead, THIS is an arrowhead!
that's not a fancy arrowhead, THIS is a fancy arrowhead!
that's not a flake of obsidian, THIS is a flake of obsidian!
o.k. maybe THIS is a fancy arrowhead!
THIS is how you hit obsidian with a rock!
David gets the hang of it, but was in less of a good mood than Michael...
THERE's Michael's smiley face...but that's not quite a smiley face
THIS is a smiley face!
now i feel like a prodigy
all my brothers really wanted for Christmas were cool hoodies. that's about the scope of things i coveted when i was their age too.
after twenty years of teaching college kids the basics of flintnapping, Dad had to admit he was impressed with the quick learning curve all three of us were showing our first time in the pit. i guess it's in our blood.
THIS is delicate antler/leather work to finish an arrowhead!
THAT's a David smiley face!
so that was the unexpected studio visit of Christmas break in Utah that reminded me that i have even more in common with my father than i stopped to realize: Studios.
p.s. Dad is an archaeologist who focuses on the most ancient civilizations of Mesoamerica. He also studies ancient tool-making technology and is some sort of expert (as i'm sure you can tell from the photos) in obsidian.