Wednesday, March 10, 2010

porcupine precedes paper


5:58 am, i wanted to find the little whippersnapper...
that burl-like nodule...that's the critter...

busted

this is one unhappy found-out porcupine.

and then a surprise at the end of the day, waiting for me. the yahoo handpapermakers 2009 swatch swap X anniversary book.
yep, it came with all those little hearts. 
it's always fun to see the swatches in this book. and akua wrote a poem for it, so i have lots to read, touch, smell, and look at. no, i will not taste any.
this gentleman is my neighbor, arizona (i think his name is arizona) a big half draft, half quarter horse. he's been here since i moved here, 23 years ago. he was so excited when i stopped my car to take a quick photo this morning. i was foolish and had no carrot. an alliterative red letter day, porcupine procurement, horse happiness, and papermaking pleasure. 

17 comments:

Colleen said...

I love your blog - I find it quite inspiring as you write about your everyday life in such a different place to where I live.

The wildlife - the weather - the livestock - your wonderful dog, Wendy - and of course the hand papermaking.

aimee said...

HA! you caught the prickly thing! that is satisfying.

Velma said...

and hopefully i can dissuade prickly from returning, the maple is lost, but the doberman may visit and she'll attack prickly and there will be hell to pay. and quills to remove.

Jan Moulder said...

Velma, Your blog is just beautiful! You are my blogging idol!

Velma said...

thank you! i'm enjoying this journey.

PiecesofD said...

I bet the swatch book is beautiful. I's love to participate in something like that. Glad you finally got a shot of the porcupine... I've never seen one. I pass by several stables on my way to work.. One raises beautiful draft horses. They are colored like paints, but heavier. I just love their long flowing flax colored manes and tails. As usual, beautiful blog post.

neki desu said...

a helper to tap the sap!
the paper sample book is wonderful.

Velma said...

yep, neki, but s/he eats the bark while working! i think the tree will have to be felled, there is extensive damage. i would love to pass by horse farms on the way to work... better that i don't, i might not get to work.

Joei Rhode Island said...

I remember the havoc the 'porkys' did to my greatuncles apple orchard. Oh, he cursed those vermin! Boy are they smelly! Raccoons are the beasties that I worry about now.
Happy Spring adventures.

jude said...

i have never seen a real porcupine, and i have never seen a paper swatch book, but i have seen a horse up close, he is very handsome.

Velma said...

well, jude, we will have to remedy that! handsome horse has a bad-burdock-tail issue. (notice i omitted that)

cbolyard said...

i was wondering if you could lead me to some place on the internet that would explain how i might use saw dust to make paper? i have plenty of saw dust.......but i am a bit of a pure spirit when it comes to these things and i want to go through the whole process and avoid "recycling" old paper. it might be a good lesson for my students.... your hickory sample got me to thinking....most places on the net show me only how to recycle old paper..

Hannah said...

An explanation to all the little hearts that I vacuumed up yesterday. I thought maybe you'd had a ranging party while I was at work. Not my mum.

Velma said...

oh, dear, no chuck, no sawdust will NOT make paper. NOT!!! inner bark will because it is a bast fiber, but only some barks have useable bast, hickory, slippery elm, basswood (though i haven't tried basswood), mulberry, leatherwood and other shrubs like willows. many plants, too. a good resource is the yahoo! handpapermaking group, and also gin petty's journal (www.ginpetty.com).

Eva said...

The sample book looks great. And I second what Colleen said - it's good to read your observation from such a different place to where I live.

Catherine Alice said...

Hi Velma, congrats on the Handpapermaking inclusion. Your work is beautiful and inspiring. Catherine

Velma said...

alas, catherine, no stray quills (i looked!)

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