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I’ve been working on a few folk art Robins over the last month. Robins are the quintessential early bird, and are common sights on lawns across North America. After a good rain or lawn mowing, you will often see them tugging earthworms out of the ground. Robins are popular birds for their warm orange breast, cheerily cheer-up cheerio song, and early appearance at the end of winter. Robins are familiar town and city birds, and equally at home in wilder areas, such as mountain forests and the Alaskan wilderness.

These folk art bird carvings of a Robins are carved from Basswood. I used milk paints, various stains, and techniques to age the carving.

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I know this has nothing to do with folk art, but it does make for a good folk song. News headlines are where a lot of great song ideas have come from. This is one of them, even though it didn’t end in disaster … just soiled pants.

The Indiana Rail Road Company released this video taken from the perspective of the conductor of a train as it ran over two women who had trespassed on an 80-foot-tall railway bridge in Monroe County, Indiana. Lake Lemon is just north of Lake Monroe in Bloomington, Indiana. The train was carrying 100 freight cars of coal.

The engineer of the train applied the emergency brake and sounded the horn. Using an emergency brake on a trestle could have collapsed the bridge, killing the engineer. The two women ran from the train, one woman lies down on the tracks, the other seemed to consider jumping off the bridge. With the train just 30 feet away, the second woman seemed to think twice and lies down on the tracks. Both women survived with no injuries.

Shuffle Creek Trestle

Map data © 2014 Google

Shuffle Creek Trestle Map

Map data © 2014 Google

This July has been the coolest on record for the area. The average temperature this month has been 70 degrees. The previous record was set in 1947. Two years ago, the area experienced the hottest July on record at an average temperature of 84 degrees. Official weather records for the area began in the 1870s.

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Touched With Fire: The Highwoods String Band Story. “When the tune came alive, we just road the tune.” The Highwoods were five good friends playing old-time music together. That’s where the best music comes from. This documentary has been in the making for a spell, due largely to not finding video with audio of the band during their time on the scene. Horse Archer Productions plans to have the documentary complete by the Fall. Give it a spin, and let me know what you think by leaving a comment or sending me an email.