Ancient stones meticulously fused with driftwood that tell a mentoring story? This was the magic I found at Bunch of Grapes Bookstore in Martha’s Vineyard, when I discovered celebrated artist Lew French and his amazing work.
As a designer, I’m fortunate to work in many small towns. Growing up in Lincoln, I am overcome with nostalgia every time I drive down Boston Post Road, homesick for the quirks of small-town life.
Working with materials that are millions of years old, I sometimes can feel like an intruder. But on a recent buying trip, my tour guides had me examine fossils, and I felt just the opposite. Perfectly preserved, unaltered, immortal beauty – I felt embraced by the open arms of these prehistoric gems.
Naturally formed objects above and below the earth led me to a fascination with petrified wood. Gigantic trees plunged into the earth, starved of oxygen and buried in total darkness for over 200 million years almost magically turns wood into stone.
In 1970, a silver mine in Mexico released a 70-pound piece of turquoise from the earth, and a talented stone carver saw its future.