Go West

After holding court for a decade China Arts Objects is closing the shutters on Chungking Rd and heading to Culver City.= :-o / :-) Hopefully the sign is being bubble wrapped and relocated too.

Born To Cry


Studio Assistant

Really crafty but a little lazy.


proper Wizard like

The Wizard tag gets applied too freely around here-enter the original tree wizard, passed on by Jon and Joyce many moons ago, and rediscovered today ;-0!




Hand carved and painted shore bird decoy from the Rose Bowl this month, 1960's, a bunch I'm keeping my eye on by the one carver. In house relative here.



Inuit mobile carved from antler with the different components pegged & strung in position. Double tusked Narwhal, Beluga whale, Salmon and Seal/Bear heads carved into the antler tips with seal skin float attached to base. = new favorite in house relatives here.


Anatomy Of A Weekend

> this weekend and last. SW Pots Hitoshi scored at the Rose Bowl/Schindler house kitchen cabinets-saying yes to eliminating pulls/big one nearby/Lenny + fossils + Mogensen/more loot for the Rock Box/LBC trunk, whale ribs + 70's platter + pack full of rocks/1st Canyon Coyote sighting (coyote chorus nightly)



Nice cut-at the LBC flea this morning...(admired not acquired)


LBC Tomorrow

Cabinet makers tool store chest, turn of the century. Caged wooden puzzled eagle from god knows when both @ LBC flea lat month.

Canyon Carpenter #2

Eugene Weston (actually carpenter #1)- signed on the reverse side of the original douglas fir window casement from 1924...unlike Max, Eugene's work is solid and sound and only ever removed to be restored and put back in place. We've been carrying on the graphite signature tradition during the house remodel. In house relative here.



Egyptian Snake Essentials at the Getty Villa, Pacific Palisades.


Bowl Entomology

Vintage handmade wire insects from Rose Bowl last weekend. Ready for the garden-thanks to Aya and Hitoshi for the push on these.


Conversation Piece

"You Havf Yerselves A Naiyce Day Nowe Okaye"


Most Inneresting hat at the bowl-and-he has another one too....aye to collectors eye.



Feeling the hand carved fireplace mantle-via The Arm. You can take the kid out of Laguna but you can't take Laguna out of the kid.

Good Things/Average Shots

Mixed bag of recent finds and live left behinds = ebay quality photography- there's a fuzzy genre out there that's it's own art form, occasionally achieved accidently but impossible to imitate (out of focus Hans Wegner chairs sitting on the snow covered driveway somewhere in the midwest-flash driven scuba gear dangling from a White Snake mirror etc etc )


Wizard Grip

Folk formed wooden sculpture mounted on paint it black 4x4, limited and nicely gouged additional design added to the limb-I say it's approaching a whale, Jed says trout, Les says let it be. Found at PCC on Sunday. Blunk/Bontecou.


Bottle O's

Bottle openers = a good way to bookmark summer. Futagami cast brass bottle opener from Playmountain's pop up at Heath/Cast steel bottle opener from PCC this AM-these were made from the turn of the century through the 50's, and affixed to the bar via a leather strap. Sugoi!


Virtuosos In Relaxation

At the moment we not only demand of a chair that we can rest our bodies in it, but also that we can recover our energy quickly in it. Time is money. Thus resting has become specialized . After mental labor, one needs a different position for resting than after exercise in the open air; different after gymnastics than after riding; different after cycling than after rowing. And there is something else: different degrees of tiredness demand different techniques of resting, and this, in order to accelerate recuperation, is achieved by using several different types of seating one after the other, with several different positions and postures.

In America this type of relief is always obtainable because no one thinks sitting comfortably, that is recovering quickly, is inelegant. There you can even rest your feet on a table, as long as it is not used for food. Here, however, there are still those who are offended by other people making themselves comfortable. There are people one can irritate just by putting one's feet on the seat opposite in a railway car, not to mention lying down.

The English and Americans, free from such pettiness, are real virtuosos in relaxation. In the course of this century they have invented more types of chair than all nations put together, in all countries since the world began. Following the principle that every type of tiredness requires a different chair, an English room is never furnished with one type of seat alone. Any one room will have all kinds of seating. Everyone can choose the one that suits him best.

Adolf Loos, Chairs (1898)



Stan Bitters shallow bowl with wizardy/planetary glaze + rich manganese bottom, I love the weight to bitters' thrown pieces-fast and bulbous. A surprise house warmin gift from the coolest people in the world (who need to move here!). In house relatives, here, here and here.



Hammers for removing the bronze from shell at the foundry, made & repaired in house by the metal chasers-the ground in grip lines are hilariously functional.



Folksy fish & dolphin concrete slab tile mosaics found at the dump last week/:-0\ Ready for the garden.