Friday, May 11, 2012

Antler, Seeds and Robots

Tea Bath to antique the antler
I'm still plugging away on the bone and antler reproductions.  Some are ready to be stained and distressed to match the original artifacts.  I can usually get the colours and textures pretty close to the originals.  Root etching and dried roots growing through the pores is something that I haven't quite figured out yet.  Maybe I'll try growing chia or grass seeds on the antler.  If I dry out the roots, they might look like the artifact has been buried with roots still clinging to them.  I doubt they'd be strong enough to etch the antler in just a few days, though.

Our new robot vacuum
Maybe I'll go seed shopping this evening.  I guess I'm feeling a little housebound.  I went out earlier today to buy our first house robot.  I've been watching TED talks on Netflix religiously for the last week.  There was an old one from 2003 by the guy who made the Roomba.  Robot vacuum technology has been around for a decade, so they must be doing something right.  They are on for $100 off at Canadian Tire right now. Anyone have a Roomba or Roomba story to share?

I like the idea of having a robot clean my house while I'm outside making tools out of rocks and antlers.

Photo Credits: Tim Rast

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