Plains, Trains and Automobiles, Plus a Mule, Brought Jay King to His Latest Mine Finds
Well spring has sprung and we’ve now moved into my favorite time of the year! I love spring, because this is when Mother Nature performs her magic and breathes new life into the Northern Hemisphere. Spring to me is full of vivid bright colors, which truly inspire me to design fun
creations with lots of life and action.
So far this has been a very fast-paced and action-packed trip. It’s been a whirlwind, and it’s not even close to being over yet. I have been able to see a lot of old friends, and make new ones along the way. By the end of this trip I will have traveled by foot, motorcycle, four wheeler, 4 x 4 truck, Jeep, car, limo, ferry, boat, horseback, mule, train, private aircraft, commercial aircraft and a helicopter. So it’s been very diverse on the mode of transportation.
I’ve seen so many new materials. I have designed so many new designs my head is just spinning. For those who know me well – they would say my head is always spinning anyway. I like staying busy and so far it’s been extremely busy and productive on this go round.
I return to American soil on April 15th. Just in time for my April shows on the 17th and 20th. I’ve been reviewing all my new designs and materials for this event and I can’t wait to share them with everyone.
I’m introducing for the first time genuine copal from Columbia. This project has taken me over four years to complete. This is a form of amber. The copal is hand gathered by the Indians in the jungles of Columbia and collected for us by an agent, who then trades food, clothing, pots, pans and other assorted goods for the material. The native Indians have no real use for money; since there really are not a lot of places they can spend it. Trade goods and the barter system are still in effect. It took a miracle to get this out of the country and then many long hours of experimenting with ways to cut and polish it.
We have so many new designs and materials I don’t have time to list them all. I hope you can take the time to visit us on Sunday April 17th and then again on Wednesday April 20th….
Until then…safe travels,
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