So tomorrow I am going birding…can’t wait! Photos to follow….
So, here is my Max and a few of my friends travel buddies
Max goes everywhere with me.
He’s in my bag now.
He has been to Europe several times and travels with me on all my adventures.
If you know me you’ve seen my Max.
Max is the boy in the book, Where the wild things are. Written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak (it won the Caldecott Medal in 1964). In the story he is a brave independent free spirit…growing up that made an incredible impression on me.
Every summer we ‘lived’ at our local library. Hours upon hours surrounded by books, story time, films, puppet shows, felt story boards, records, film strips, movies, and slide shows all filled these hours. My sister and I are two of the lucky ones; both our parents are avid readers. It was also free….and that was a good thing.
It blows my mind how many people (my friends) do not know who Max is, what made the sound ku-plink, ku-plank, ku-plunk, what the rest of Tikki Tikki Tembo’s name is, who Ping is and where he lived, what was seen on Mulberry Street, the joy Peter got in the snow, and the incredible friendship of blue and yellow ( I could go on, hundreds of examples rush to my mind).
In a way books had a large part in raising me, the authors, illustrators, publishers, characters,and librarians ( the list is endless). As a teacher I tried to pass this love of books on to them. It’s crazy to think now, but some of my students are parents. I have kept up with many of them on facebook. I wonder how much, if any, of my love of books was passed on…..I may never know.
-I start with images I like and the ones that speak to me. Some of these images are pre-1920ish images, some are sketched by friends and customers….and me. We have some carved images and some are from photos of my travels.
-I take the black and white images, all arranged on a 7×11 sheet of paper, and send it to a most excellent place in east Texas called Jones Engraving. They make my matrix boards…a mold, see photo above.
-After a couple of days…and much anticipation, UPS brings me my boards. It’s a lot like Christmas every time I get new boards.
-I rush to the vulcanizer ( basically an oven with a car jack) flip the ON button and wait patiently for it to warm up to nearly 300 degrees. When it is ready I grab some raw rubber (photo above) and lay it out on top on the board and pop it into the vulcanizer.
-After 11 minutes or so I pull it out and pull the rubber off the matrix board/mold.
-It cools and I trim the rubber, add cushion…the cushion is double-sided (sticky on both sides).
Here is the cushion and the rubber stuck to it.
-The next stop is the saw. Cutting out the rubber/cushion in a close trim, it is ready for the wood mount.
This is the saw we use to cut the rubber/cushion
-Our stamps are wood mounted. Next we grab the wood…that we cut ourselves…index the wood….stick on a price code on it.
This little guy is an Eastern Bluebird.
Here in Oklahoma the Bluebirds are here year round.These photos were taken at Lake Thunderbird east of Norman Oklahoma.
They are always on the look out for insects. This time of year they are also eating the berries that are around.
If you are lucky enough to have these in your yard think about feeding them mealworms. They love mealworms.