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.

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.

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