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

Struggling with Cumaru

I learn all kinds of things by carving the Alphabets—about various cultures, about writing itself, about spirituality, about physics, about the history of technology. Nothing prepared me, though, for cumaru. A couple of weeks ago I got a commission to … Read More

En Route: Four Sets of Numbers

Phew! Thanks to generous support from several of you and a week of carving, painting, and finishing, eight pieces of maple, 6″x6″, are on their way to my friend Maung in Cambridge, and then with him to the Chittagong Hill … 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

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