The Alphabets Hop South

September is always the busiest month for the Alphabets, and the rush began this past weekend with the first of three major public appearances: in the Sterling Hardwoods wood shop on Pine Street as part of the South End Art … Read More

Who is This Mongolian Calligrapher?

My friend Zulaa O from Mongolia sent me this wonderful piece of Mongolian calligraphy as a New Year’s greeting–appropriately, as it says “Happy New Year” in classical Mongolian bichig characters.     I went to work with a nice piece … Read More

Can You Identify This?

Our calligrapher/printer/artist extraordinaire Jamie Kutner was in a vintage store in Baton Rouge the other day and found this remarkable relic. She discovered it’s a blood chit–that is, a document that pilots would carry in World War II to alert … Read More

Lessons from Ottawa, Part Three: Numbers Don’t Lie

Between October 2-4, a group of some of the world’s top experts on indigenous languages met in Ottawa under the auspices of the Foundation for Endangered Languages. Some of the research presented at the conference is of direct and urgent relevance … Read More

Here At Last: Photos of the Incredible Balinese-Blessing Dining Table

Yes, thanks to the wonderful photography of Tom Way, who even helped me carry the table up the impossibly steep and rickety staircase to his studio, you can finally see the dining table I started more than a year ago. … Read More

Twin Chams

Here’s the latest Endangered Alphabets commission, a highly suitable wedding present. This is a gift for two people, recently married, whose initials are M and B. The carvings are in the wonderfully springy and energetic Cham script from western Vietnam, … Read More

Off to Ottawa

I’ve been icing my knee in the hope it’ll hold out for the five-hour drive to the annual Foundation for Endangered Languages (FEL) conference in Ottawa. Presentation on Thursday, amputation on Friday. Seriously, though, I’m looking forward to meeting a … Read More

By the Time We Got to Woodstock

Well, no, not that Woodstock, but Woodstock, Vermont, and the Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival, an annual treat. The day was a great success, with much encouragement, some excellent new connections, some book sales, some carving sales, some commissions, and the … Read More

Beat the Heat, Heal the Knee

With this heat, with me stuck at home recovering from knee replacement surgery, with no air conditioning, things around my living-room are getting perilously close to erupting into inner-city violence. The only solution: find something to carve. This is not … Read More

Endangered Tableware

Struck by an idea–and the almost incurable itch to carve endangered scripts into pieces of beautiful wood–I have invented the Endangered Trivet. Intended to keep food and drink stains off our beautiful cherry table, it’s made of mahogany, and I … Read More

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