Archive for August, 2007


Friday, August 31st, 2007

If that snake had a lawyer, he’d swear out a restraining order against me. Back in May, I think it was, I was walking around Cutler Pond when I saw a guy ahead of me looking intently at the ground near the path. He signaled to me to be quiet and pointed out a good-sized […]

Visit with Marie

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Arlene has a long-time friend named Marie, another former Newton art teacher, who lives on Deer Isle in Maine most of the time. She was working in Tucson last winter, and maybe she’s there often in the winter. At any rate, it’s pretty close to Bar Harbor — the next big island south of Mount […]

Bass Harbor Head Light

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

On our way home from Bar Harbor we swung all the way around the western lobe of Mount Desert Island (for those of you who’ve never been there, most people pronounce it “de-SERT”, more like “what’s for dessert”, but the film at the visitor center said either way is OK.) We stopped for a brief […]

Mostly indexing

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

I was pretty busy indexing stamp mounts this evening. We got a couple of big orders while we were away, so there’s a backlog of work. I ordered a new can of indexing ink from one of the most talkative 800-number people I’ve ever run into. He asked what I do with the ink and […]

CoA Accomodations

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

We stayed in Peach house at College of the Atlantic. We were in a dorm room set up as a triple on the second floor. The other side of the building was empty most of the time we were there, but a residence counselor turned up the last night or maybe even the last two […]


Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

My last workshop at the Nature Printing Society conference was on foilography. It’s a printing method that uses a piece of aluminum foil pressed over some object as its plate. Our instructor and the inventor of the technique, Charles Morgan, has a long writeup of it as a PDF that you can download. The big […]

Fish Printing Field Techniques

Friday, August 24th, 2007

On Thursday I continued my major in fish printing with the class in Fish Printing in the Field by Ian Workman of Cudjoe Key, Florida. Ian (shown below with Charlotte, another workshop participant) looks and talks a lot like someone you can easily picture hanging around the keys having a beer with Jimmy Buffet. We […]

A little of Acadia

Friday, August 24th, 2007

After a brief nap after the whale watch, we went to Acadia National Park. Arlene noticed that I’m old enough to get a senior pass to all national parks for the rest of my life for $10! Wow! that’s half the regular one day admission charge for a car just for Acadia! There was one […]

Bar Harbor Whale Watch

Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

Wednesday was a free day in the middle of the printing conference. The organizers had arranged whale watch reservations for those participants who wanted them, including of course us. So at eight o’clock we were walking into downtown Bar Harbor to the pier, carrying all the warm clothing we had with us. Pulling out of […]

Indirect fish printing

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2007

My class on Tuesday was indirect fish printing with Mineo Yamamoto, an expert in Japanese fish printing. Mineo was at the Nature Printing Society conference that we went to two years ago. On Monday he had given a class here on printing a crab — — that’s one of the results of that class. Mineo […]