Monthly Archives: September 2014

The lessons on the ground…

Spent the day doing some stuff around the yard with Atom yesterday while Shani made beads in the shop. He’ll be six years old soon. The hunger for knowledge and experience is just on fire at this age.

“What is that? Why are we doing this? Can I help?” These are the questions all day from him.

You can’t save the world, but the world won’t save you either. You CAN learn how to live, then you CAN teach it. Remember how it was to be 6 years old or just observe some children… That’s not who you were, it’s who you are underneath the nonsense.

Some might say that if you don’t know how to get your hands dirty, then you may be out of luck when the “dirty hands” are too tired or broken or just busy helping themselves for once.

I’ve got dirt under my fingernails and my hands feel like they do things. We gathered wood to make dinner with stuff we grew last night. If a tree fell on me today, it’d just be the way. Just saying that there’s not much to gain by delegating our responsibility until we no longer have any of our own. That’s a miserable situation for everyone because it only takes a couple of generations before you don’t know how to do anything for yourself anymore. That equals all kinds of undesirable situations…

The status quo says doing it yourself is slow. The status quo says doing it yourself is for people who can’t afford to pay someone else to do it. Not that there is anything wrong with delegating responsibility, it’s an important social tool just a consideration that real experience is priceless.

Some photos with captions below…

 

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Started out the day yesterday by having Atom harvest one of the few carrots that we have growing. It was fresh and delicious… Atom said “MMMM”,loud, at least four times while eating one 4inch long quarter of the thing. It was a damn good carrot. Shani and I thought so too.

 

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Superfuzz! Crazy-pillar we saw crawling around. We wanted to pet it but I recall something about that being a bad idea somehow, not sure, need to identify.

 

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…let it wander into a jar and moved it to a safer setting…

 

 

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So there’s this really cool thing called a “rocket stove” that I’ve been messing with. It’s a ridiculously simple thing that can be made in an infinite number of ways. Basically it uses convection/drafting to get a lot of clean consistent heat out of a really small and manageable amount of fuel. If you follow a couple key rules in design it will work great no matter what you use. Atom and I moved and reconfigured this one in a better spot yesterday. Rocket stove Wiki

 

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All you have to do is get a small fire going in the chamber and feed it sticks. The fire is fully contained so there’s no sparks or open flame except what’s licking the bottom of the pan/pot.

 

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So simple, but I’ll tell you something. If I’m going to sear a piece sf meat or fish or bacon I go outside now. Not so much because of the mess and smoke, but because of the heat this thing puts out, and because gathering twigs to cook dinner with a rocket stove is awesome.

 

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We had some old candle making stuff so we made some candles to test fire the new arrangement.

 

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I put a lot of beef (very local grass fed thanks) on mine so the presentation is lacking but I cooked some Vietnamese beef noodle salad for dinner and it won.. (Beef browned nicely on that rocket stove, ha.) I subbed ground beef for sliced but this recipe is a keeper. << That site will nag at you a bit but it’s worth it…
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Got Atom to take a photo of Shani and I with my phone. Not bad dude, nice perspective…  Hi all!!

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*Auction* Spinning top x Pendant by Beau Barrett

Spins clean heads up or down.
Spins clean heads up or down.

Pink Lemonade Pendant x Top

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A spinning pendant? Wearable top? Even spins heads up or heads down.

Either way, it's a well balanced situation...

A striped pattern in Canary yellow and blush pink...

43mm tall x 25mm diameter.

3.5mm hole size.

Category: pendants

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  1. Mary Ransom bid $32.00 on September 14, 2014 11:18 pm
  2. josh arleth bid $26.00 on September 14, 2014 11:48 am
  3. Racer bid $8.00 on September 14, 2014 10:34 am

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*Auction* Sunday Spinner trio #2

Powerhouses of angular momentum, ready and willing.
Powerhouses of angular momentum, ready and willing.

Sunday Spinner Trio #2

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A little crew of fun pocket spinners to bring more angular momentum into your life. Contemplate how everything spins... All three spin straight and clean.  Largest (white/green sparkle ribbon twist) measures 38mm x 22mm diameter.

Thank you!  Enjoy!

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  1. Mary Ransom bid $31.00 on September 14, 2014 11:14 pm
  2. Mary Ransom bid $21.00 on September 14, 2014 11:13 pm
  3. Racer bid $12.00 on September 14, 2014 12:30 pm

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*Auction* Sunday Spinner trio #1

Little spinners, good to go.
Little spinners, good to go.

Sunday Spinner Trio #1

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A little crew of fun pocket spinners to bring more angular momentum into your life. Contemplate how everything spins...

All three spin straight and clean (largest) measures 32mm x 21mm diameter.

Thank you! Enjoy!

Category: spintops

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  1. josh arleth bid $15.00 on September 14, 2014 1:36 pm

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Pendant x Spin Top Auction!

Blue Violet Pendant x Top

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A spinning pendant? Wearable top? Either way! Even spins heads up or heads down. It's a balanced situation...

A striped pattern in wisteria, blue and pastel blue-green.

45mm tall x 44mm diameter.

3.5mm hole size.

 

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  1. Kyra Toug. bid $36.00 on September 11, 2014 10:01 pm
  2. Kyra Tough bid $31.00 on September 11, 2014 9:53 pm
  3. Mary Ransom bid $28.00 on September 11, 2014 7:30 pm
  4. josh arleth bid $23.00 on September 11, 2014 6:59 pm
  5. indigo bid $5.00 on September 11, 2014 4:37 pm

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Spins heads up/heads down.
Spins heads up/heads down.

Blown boro bead auction!

Thanks for looking, liking, sharing and/or bidding.  Much gratitude to be here at all..

Skirted Peach Drop

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I made a pair of lamp-pulls for someone recently.  Pairs don't always happen the first time and tend to leave behind a nice looking individual or two.

Translucent peach glass (colored with gold, this color has a really nice unique glow to it.) a black/amber purple/black incalmo section and black rims. The "bottom" rim is exaggerated to form a tapered skirt. This was to hide the end of the ball chain but will also be a nice portal for your bead work to spring forth from...

52mm x 19mm diameter.   4mm hole size.

Thanks all!

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  1. Mary Ransom bid $22.00 on September 11, 2014 7:31 pm

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Blown boro bead auction!

I’m liking this effect!

Floating Blue Green Ether

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A  blown boro focal bead with a mottled core of gradated blue-green beneath a heavy layer of clear. Translucent opal blue dot-stacks float on the surface. The dots have a nice little gradient to them as well.

32mm x 27mm diameter.

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  1. Tracey Paynter bid $24.00 on September 11, 2014 8:05 am

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Blown boro bead auction!

I’m thankfully continuing to learn here… Regarding the auctions, I’ve discovered that I’m not supposed to put multiple auctions in a post.  If you previously had trouble bidding that is almost certainly why.  I was trying to make it easier to navigate but I’ll just leave it be for now.

You can always just click the rss link on the auction widget to make sure you’re not missing anything…

I need to hop back on the torch this morning so just this auction for now but I’ll keep you posted 😉 Thanks all!

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Hollow blown borosilicate glass focal bead by Beau Barrett

Lusterpool Sphere

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A hollow blown boro focal sphere bead.

Lustrous parabols of fine silver and gold trapped beneath pools of clear glass. Transparent blue-green dots fall in between. An antiqued gold luster and powder-blue silver layer coat the surrounding surface.

30mm x 32mm diameter.  3mm holes.

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  1. Lorraine Collins bid $65.00 on September 11, 2014 8:42 am
  2. Lorraine Collins bid $65.00 on September 11, 2014 8:42 am
  3. Lorraine Collins bid $65.00 on September 11, 2014 8:42 am
  4. Lorraine Collins bid $65.00 on September 11, 2014 8:42 am
  5. Linda Sweeney bid $54.00 on September 11, 2014 8:33 am
  6. Lorraine Collins bid $52.00 on September 11, 2014 8:09 am
  7. Marliese bid $41.00 on September 11, 2014 6:45 am
  8. Linda Sweeney bid $40.00 on September 10, 2014 2:37 pm
  9. Melissa Poage bid $35.00 on September 10, 2014 1:45 pm
  10. Patty Lakinsmith bid $30.00 on September 10, 2014 9:08 am
  11. lyn bid $25.00 on September 10, 2014 8:59 am
  12. Marliese bid $20.00 on September 10, 2014 8:37 am
  13. Karen Sherwood bid $15.00 on September 10, 2014 8:12 am
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Beads

Always beads, they’ll always be a thing for us. It’s the original object.  It’s a thing transformed.  A rock with a hole in it has more possible futures than one without.  A rock with a hole in it is cool, it feels good in the hand.  You could throw it, hand it to someone, or string it up to keep and wear.  A reminder of places worth returning to.

So if the goal is to put information on these “rocks” in the form of patterns and colors. The information is more effective at communicating the message without words or established symbols. These would be distracting from what’s really going on here. The focus is the process, not the objects that result from it. Although the objects do improve greatly with this somewhat counter-intuitive approach.

I like this thing called “Beauty”,  it seems like a good objective to me . It has the desired effect. It warms, connects and motivates. It doesn’t NEED to say a damn thing. It just looks good, and you don’t really care why.  It’s not trying to sway opinion or activate your chakras, it’s just nice work. You can tell it really loves you, because it doesn’t try to own you. Beauty shows us what it means to just be open and aware that we belong here, exactly as we are.  There’s details, but it’s the feeling beneath it that you want to make note of. So you can realize it exists inside you.

Like a flower. It’s so beautiful you could cry. You can see how much it loves you, and you feel the same way. Fragrance, symmetry AND color?  This relationship feels right and true to all who see it. Beauty connects us and it pulls us. The Butterflies and Hummingbirds agree, but they aren’t even aware of “beauty” they just ARE it.

A Calendula from our garden. Caught it opening and again a few days later...
A Calendula from our garden. Caught it opening and again a few days later…

The awareness of love and beauty is a gift and a responsibility. The difference between us and the butterflies is awareness. We can observe ourselves. I think this is uniquely human. This capacity for self-reflection.

Making the objects is a mantra and a self-reflective practice. When we are making an object, there is nothing else.  All of the self is looking to make miniscule connections to move the form just a bit closer to what the mind’s eye wishes to see with each attempt. The maker gets many pings back from the material and process. These serve to continue the cycle of questions and answers. It is the answers from this “ONE” that you will use for the next “ONE”.

 Practice: to perform (an activity) or exercise (a skill) repeatedly or regularly in order to improve or maintain one’s proficiency.

This is practice you can see, to remind a person on a deeper level that it is the practice you seek and not the bead.

Objects, what we see and feel with eyes and hands are tools for learning about the non-material practices. To practice being present and within yourself is the practice of practices. I practice while making them, your practice while stringing them is no different. It’s always only one, and it’s always right now.

Hollow blown boro beads by Beau Barrett
Hollow blown boro beads by Beau Barrett

I love a good marble or paperweight. It was these cavernous carnivals of light that helped show me what glass could become. Big spheres filled with psychedelic scenes that induce wonder. Wonder how, wonder what, wonder who. But I never wondered why…

A bead, is sneaky and mechanical. It will accept your advances and walk with you all day. It will call people over without asking you. It might just quietly interrupt an observers train of thought. One bead can change the course of an entire day and it’s not bound to the display case…it’s bound to you.

What other object becomes a part of the owner so well? Especially when their own efforts are applied to use this object as a jump-off for their own creation. Beads are quite literally an opportunity that does not discriminate.

These are the stones, and the world is the pond. I try to throw them accordingly. Thank you for catching them, using them and observing them accordingly.

I’m headed to the torch now, beads will be available for purchase tomorrow morning!

Thanks all!!

Beau