Sunday, June 25, 2006


From the Alternative Fluorescent Reality at, this is Madwise.

Today I would like to highlight the academic achievement of one Hannah Truett, a
Virginia community college student. As you can see by this, she is now a published academic (her father mentioned, in response, that he is a published poet and a produced playwright, but I find such alliteration to be excessive). Her "Text Report" for second semester freshman English composition was selected to become another of the units of study available for future students to write essays about. I believe the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art's website has a copy of the video interview (the subject of the report) available for download, but I can't get their site to load, so I can't give you a link.

In other news: as can be seen in this pdf, Hannah Truett has also been chosen to receive a scholarship for the coming academic year, so things are going well for her. If you are interested, you can also see the names of anyone else who got a scholarship and how much it is worth.

There are no new developments in the wooden butter knife.

Saturday, June 10, 2006


The Swedish Sloyd knives I got for Christmas...

-at first looked monstrous and deadly, but unsheathe them...

-and you see they're not as mean as they look. If you measure the blade...

-the longest one is only about four inches. Below, you'll see what I have done with them.

I carved a butter-knife. In this picture, you can see the butter-knife toward the top (blade downward). Below it is the other half of the wood it was carved from. I carved the butter-knife from a mulberry branch trimmed from its tree about a week ago, so the wood was still soft and easy to carve. I need to wait for it to dry before I put the finishing touches on it, but its basic shape should remain the same.

Why a butter-knife? It was the only thing I could think to carve from so small a branch of wood. I like carving green wood, but I don't have access to large pieces right now. Also, this butter-knife was a project that only took me, a beginner, less than two hours.