May of last year I was contacted by Jay Armstrong, the editor of Elementum. Elementum is a journal of nature writing. She sent me a copy of Elementum and asked if I would connect with her to talk about writing about blacksmithing. The journal Elementum feels wonderful when you pick it up. Flip through the pages. You will be struck bythe beautiful illustrations and photographs.. You will have to find a seat because something you see will make you want to read. The stories and poetry come from a variety of voices. People writing, through the view of their experience, about nature. The journal covers a marvelous array of topics. They vary from the story of three-dimensional maps of abandon mines to an artist’s visual poetry of our shores. Every time I pick the journal up, I am struck by something new and fascinating.
Last October Jay came all the way from Dorset, UK to Ettersburg to spend a week in my shop taking photographs. At one point we took a break and went to the Sinkyone Wilderness for a hike. I don’t know if it is because Jay has focused on nature so intently, but on our short hike, we were visited by so many wild things. We encountered animals who have been featured in Elementum and some who were obviously pitching. We saw a large owl, a bobcat, elk and river otters.
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