Our thanks to those that purchased our jewelry at the Frontier Homestead Folk Festival last weekend in Cedar City, Utah. After we figured out what merchandise buyers were seeking, and changed to that on Saturday, we had a great weekend.
It was way too hot to be fun, except for watching the kids pick out rocks. We have several types of rocks we offer 2/$1.00 and they love searching for the perfect 2. All ages and sizes like to “hunt” through the trays and come up with their perfect rock.
Tracy demonstrated how to cab with his little machine. That always amazes folks that have never seen it done and really never thought about how it is done. For them, merchandise just shows up on the rack at a store and there’s little thought as to how it is made.
As with every show, a customer chose the piece that Tracy had put the most work and details in. Made of Utah Variscite, it’s pale green color and unique bezel made it a “must-have” for her. Now it’s on to a rock hounding trip with our club this weekend. Again, heat will be an issue. But this time I have an air conditioned truck I can spend time in. LOL.
Until next time – – –
Summer Solstice – 2017 is usually better known as the “longest day”. And there really isn’t any better place to enjoy it than Parowan Gap. The three-mile-long pass near Parowan, Utah which connects the Parowan and Cedar Valleys, is a classic example of a wind gap – an unusual geological landform marking where an ancient river has cut a 600-foot-deep notch through the Red Hills.
The many years of archaeological and geological research that continues today, verifies human occupation for at least 12,000 years or more. There is little question that the earlier Archaic peoples made us of the easy passage provided by the Gap and probably produced some of the petroglyphs. Most researchers, however, maintain that the great majority of the Parowan Gap figures were created by the Fremont peoples.
While you’ll see over 90 panels and 1,500 figures, some possibly dating back almost 5,000 years, the most notable of these geometric forms is the “Zipper Glyph”, generally the first glyph you see along the main panel just west of the parking lot. In 1990, archaeoastronomy research Nowell L Morris, and archeologist Garth Norman, began a ten-year study of the Parowan Gap petroglyphs. Their finds concluded that some of the Gap petroglyphs are solar and lunar calendars. They believe that when American Indians came to the Gap, they discovered that Mother Nature had provide them with a natural solar and lunar calendar system with outcroppings and shadow markers. They believe that Parowan Gap is a one of a kind phenomenon even more unique than Stonehenge because it is a naturally formed structure rather than man made.
Morris and Norman found that the outline of the “Zipper Glyph” conformed to the contours of the Gap and its surrounding mountain features. Based on this new information and using solar engineering technology, the team discovered a series of Cairns (rock monuments) along the valley and foothills on both sides of the Gap opening Each of these cairns is in direct alignment with the Gap opening. They believe that one can observe the rising and setting of the sun through the middle of the Gap opening. The tick marks, which make the glyph look like a zipper, could be interpreted as being individual day marks. Like a map, you can follow the count down from summer to harvest time, back through fall, up to winter and on to spring in time for planting. The two dangling antenna-like lines at the bottom of the Zipper indicate two rock cairns where one can stand to watch the Summer Solstice.
Summer solstice 2017 in Northern Hemisphere will be at 10:24 PM on
Tuesday, June 20
All times are in Mountain Time.
We’re headed for Moab,Utah this weekend. If you’re in the area please stop and say hi. We’ll have our newest merchandise there and Tracy will demonstrate how to make a cabochon with his new Diamond Pacific “Pixie” machine. He used it this past weekend at the Cedar Breaks Scoutarama at Cedar High School. Folks enjoyed watching the process and gained a greater appreciation for the time involved in making jewelry.
He’ll have some copper pieces there as well so you can see the various steps in making the copper backings and findings. He won’t be able to forge them because we can’t bring the welding equipment. But you’ll be ale to see the general process.
Come watch, ask questions, and enjoy the Festival. This is our third year and is one of favorite shows. If you’d like to see our newest creations, sign up for our newsletter. It’s short, sweet and to the point and comes out when necessary. We won’t bomb your email with “stuff”. We value your time and want you to enoy receiving them.
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