David A. Day and Beth Prussia Day

We would like to share a few pictures, some info, our interests, etc, with a special welcome to those of you who somehow happen to bumble here like Alice down a computer hole, but out of extreme uncontrollable curiosity choose to stay and find out just what a guy who "beats up rocks for a living" and his lapidary artist, retired dangerous goods specialist wife might have up their internet sleeves.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

This Alabaster carving of a mother and child walking a dog recently found a new home. I include this here to offset the apparent preoccupation with cats this blog has implied.  I have actually made very few works of art using animals.  Beth and I are far better known for doing variations of hearts, and I primarily do figurative pieces.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Elvira our Ocicat helping Beth cut gemstones.

Beth using her Pixie Lapidary machine.

Free-Form Cabochons

Here is a sampling of some of Beth's free-form cabochons still attached to the dop sticks she uses to hold  stones while she grinds and polishes them on a series diamond wheels. Included are examples of Agates, Amathest,  Jaspers, Jade, and Chrysophrase.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tennessee Sponge Cat

carved from a Dixon, Tn fossil

We started setting up to demonstrate at the Pink Palace Crafts fair today, so the Tennessee Sponge Cat story will have to wait. 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Woodward Ranch Agate

A Woodward Ranch Agate we cut and polished and then wire wrapped in sterling by Beth.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Cast Paper Sculpture

Window Shopping
Handmade Paper Sculpture
This is an example of one of the paper sculptures I made in a mold from one of my stone carvings.

The Indiana Limestone Origional Carving
on carved walnut base

Friday, September 2, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

Stone Tested Products??????

My interest in Art came from an interest in Archeology, or to be more specific hunting arrowheads. I spent every possible moment when I was young walking Mississippi River Delta fields hunting rocks in a place where there are not any except those washed here by rivers or streams, or those very rare ones that were found, used, then left, or lost by a Native American. Those are special because they were carefully selected and very tediously worked into some form of tool to enhance their ability to survive in a competitive world. So, I have thought a lot about rocks and the fact that they are the oldest evidence of us.
The first tools man used would have simply been naturally found to do a job at hand, but they no doubt early on would have discovered that one worked better than another, thus the invention of the stone test: You pick something up, hit it hard against something else and eventually one of them breaks. The one that did not break was better, so it passed the stone test and you kept it until you found a better one. And so to make a long story short, after the discovery of fire and a few other optional downloads, that is how we have ended up with iphones and why diamonds are so expensive.

Skinny me in 83 demonstrating the basic principals of the Stone Test over and over at the Pink Palace Crafts Fair.