Here's a new one for you, a very primal piece that I am very happy with. It has that sense of coherency that comes with only the most successful pieces, and a great feeling.
So no, I haven't disappeared from the face of the Earth. After such an intensely busy spring, I took some time off in June to go see Amma and then promptly caught a bad case of bronchitis that was going around the crowds there. I was down for two weeks and ever since then have been in primitive mode, and am really on a roll with it. I have made a number of new pieces using primitive stone tools, handmade yucca fiber cordage, and homemade pitch glue for mosaic adhesive, and spent a day over around Zuni pueblo hunting and gathering raw materials for grinding at the trading posts.
None of these pieces will show up here as yet. Even though I have sworn off doing shows, the flintknapping group received an invitation to do a demo at the Earth Skills Gathering up at the Valles Caldera Preserve on July 23, and I decided to go do a demo of prehistoric Southwestern ornaments. I'll have a wide range of things to sell, from simple stone pendants on yucca cord to the more elaborate pieces, and then I'll list whatever doesn't sell either here or in my Etsy shop.
Other than that, things are quiet here in the high desert. The big heat has set in and we are all awaiting the monsoon rains, which are thus far nowhere to be seen. Eventually they will come, sooner or later.
Stay cool, everyone...!