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The Periodic Musings of a Bellmaker

I have kept a journal for most of thirty years. There are then "those Letters". Some would seek & wish for more, while others have shrunk from, my history of writing & widely sharing "daunting" letters. For decades they were in a highly stylized & personal calligraphy written in India Ink with a technical pen, photocopied... for my archive & sometimes for sharing... it happens so automatically now, but at the time they were playing with the edges of privacy & proprietary. One day I would like to have a font mimicking that calligraphic style for my currently digitized writing... I intend to post open letters, some journal entries, & perhaps other writing to share on this page...

RETURNING from Wild Places…

While I’ve been any number of places since I’ve last published a post, I’ve written more than a few drafts to continue working on when life calms a bit… as if that will actually happen! This image of a skylight seems to reflect the spacey complexity I feel… So to break my fast I’ll share images made earlier this this week when we made a short “escape” to visit a friend who lives in Port Townsend… in…

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FLOORS…

Friends Beebe sent apropos postcard some while ago of a 1876 painting becoming currently apropos… We have been much involved lately with what is underfoot… We’ve been floored! The floor of our living room is recycled tongue-&-groove fir boards from the original house when we remodeled almost 20 years ago. It was removed & stored while the entire house was lifted & a new foundation was poured. The house had originally been built as a simple seasonal cabin perched on…

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SNOW – RARE RECENT BEAUTY…

It is quite a rare occurrence to have a significant snow storm on our Island… We have recently had several! The first one, shown above, collected on more lively vegetation. I am not usually a fan of the stuff, having left the blizzards of the Midwest many decades ago to choose more benign climates. I do have memories of wonder & delight in early childhood of enormous drifts reaching the eaves of windswept farm buildings,…

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The CHOCOLATE LILY BELLS…

I first designed the CHOCOLATE LILY Bell in 1991, at the suggestion of a client whom I met when she & her husband began visiting my studio in Sedona, Arizona. Annette Winner was a docent at the Botanical Garden in San Diego &  her description of this wildflower frittilaria biflora with its succulent common name reeked seductively with potential marketing. Additionally, its lovely form immediately began resonating as one of my most successful bells… many, many thanks to you Annette! The…

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JANUS / JANUARY 2019…

I began 2018 with new eyes, literally. My cataract surgeries were quite successful even as the results were not so dramatic for me as some stories I heard from others. Pleased not to need bifocals while frustrated by keeping track of readers… again! The big challenge is to continually practice blending the differently functional focal lengths chosen for each lens. Now, like that Roman deity/archetype who names this months looking in both directions, past & future, I might only ponder new lenses…

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