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  • The Great Day- 2015

    The Great Day- 2015

            Today is as a visiting curator/guide said “your great day”. Ben now has FIRE in the center of his block and so the event will culminate. Both furnaces are prepped and ready to light. All that remains is to move his big mold into place and …

  • Installation of “North Wind”

    Installation of “North Wind”

    Ojars directs his crew as they prepare  to move “North Wind” “North Wind” Flying. Ojars checks the sculpture for correct orientation. “North Wind” in place and being secured to the concrete pad! Some work remains to be done to shape and landscape the site, but “North Wind” is finished as …

  • Sunday, June 14, 2015

    Sunday, June 14, 2015

    Yesterday, Saturday, June 13 was very productive! The image above shows one of two pieces of laser-cut stainless steel that we  picker up from the shop outside of Riga on Thursday. On Friday, I began the process of bending the sheet and also was able to get the necessary stainless …

  • Progress on the Big Print front

    Progress on the Big Print front

    Ben testing the “Laka” that we found in the local hardware store. Having been told that shellack is only available in small quantity and at great cost. We decided to substitute another type of sealer. When we told Laura and Ojars that we would substitute laquer, the resulting confusion and …

  • Monday-Hurry up & wait!

    Monday-Hurry up & wait!

    These birds have the right idea. When you can’t fly, take it easy! Actually these ducks were hanging out at the pond near the Poets Stone at Pedvale when we went to get water last Sat. Today Ojars and I were supposed to be going to Riga to get sand …

  • Talsi Music Festival

    Talsi Music Festival

    Ben, Ojars ,Laura M and I all attended the Talsi Music Festival last night. We first visited the Talsi Art Museum for two exhibition openings and then climbed the hill to this beautiful grove of trees where the festival takes place. As the photo shows, many people were happy to …

  • Two years and running!

    Two years and running!

        The flag installation “Small Sun” that Ben and I created in  May of 2013 is still one of the art works on exhibit at Pedvale. Never expected it to last 2 years and running! The deer have grazed through it many times and thousands of visitors have seen …

  • Pedvale Cupola

    Pedvale Cupola

      The big Pedvale Cupola is considerably melted out from last year’s 8,000 lbs. of casting but we won’t reline her. Since we only need about 1000 lbs. for George Beasley’s  “Iron X” we should be fine. Cleaned out the tap and slag holes yesterday and she looks good to …

  • Pedvale 2015

    Pedvale 2015

      Our 2015 season in Pedvale has begun with an opening celebration, preparations of all sorts for a Big Print Symposium, the casting of an Iron Sculpture for the park and other activities. Although I had expected to post every day beginning with our first full day here or on …

  • I’m Back

    Apologies for the long delay in posting. My time after returning from the symposium and conference in Latvia has been taken up with preparing for retirement from teaching at East Carolina University, School of Art & Design. That event has taken place! I am now free to concentrate on my …

  • Monday, June 23

    Monday, June 23

    Will Cavanaugh took this photo of me sitting on the Tractor Furnace that Steve Coles built for the performances. We did a test run of the furnace on Friday and then made alterations to it and ran it again on Sat. The addition of an extra 8-9 inches of stack made …

  • Sunday, June 22

    Yesterday was a long day of conference proceedings. The keynote address by Ojars Feldbergs drew a decent crowd of approx. 65 people and although there were some usual technical difficulties associated with computers, his presentation was excellent. I regret that more attendees weren’t there to learn about Ojars and his …

  • Friday, June 20

    It has been a couple of days since I last posted anything. Tuesday was spent in large part driving all over Talsi with Ojars on various errands. The most important of which was taking the 4th ‘something in the eye’ person to the clinic. Also two different stops at City …

  • Tuesday, June 17

    The past two days have been very cold and yesterday was rainy all day. Less than ideal conditions for folks working on their performance sites and symposium installations. Araan got his stone into place yesterday and the concrete footing was done as well. Hopefully he can start placing the iron …

  • Saturday, June 14, 2014

    I won’t be able to add many images to this blog for several reasons. First , Ojars’ camera has developed serious problems ,so I have lent him my camera to document the symposium and conference. Second, my computer has too many images on it to allow for many additional downloads …

  • Friday, June 13, 2014

    I doubt that I will have many images to post for the reminder of this event. Ojars’ camera has developed some serious problems so I am lending him my camera to document the symposium & conference. I will try to use my phone camera to post images. Bear with me …

  • Wednesday, June 11-Casting Day!

    It’s June 11, Casting Day for the Iron/Stone Symposium. Three days of de-vesting, cleaning up , repairing furnace & ladles and general preparation after the first pour and we are  good to go. The crane will arrive this AM and Tamsie and Paige’s molds will be repositioned. The crane will …

  • Tuesday-June 10

    Tuesday-June 10

    The past several days have been quite productive here at Pedvale. We held the first Symposium Iron Pour a day earlier than planned on Sat. and things went very smoothly. The pallet jack /bull ladle system worked reasonably well and the gantry was exactly what we needed. I can’t say …

  • June 7, 2014

    June 7, 2014

    Here are a couple of images from yesterday. Today is the first pour and we have much to do. Doubt that I will have much time to take photos but will get something on-line as soon as I can. Yesterday the big deal was getting the big blower  running and …

  • June 6, 2014

    Here we are on the day before the first Symposium Iron Pour. Seems like a long time that we have been working but it is  really only a couple of weeks. I was quite busy all day and didn’t really have time to take any photos so this blog will …