A Frame
February 24, 2010, 8:08 pm
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The “A Frame” home is an iconic style of home building that became hugely popular after WWII. While not as practical for an everyday home the building style is favored for use in the construction of a secondary or vacation homes.

I found this beautiful example in a 1968 issue of Field and Stream, in fact it is a “Field and Stream Approved Model” A frame home. We recently stayed in one like this down in North Carolina, it was definitely cozy but didn’t have the amazing enameled red Franklin wood stove the one pictured does. I think I could get used to living in one of these everyday.

I’d be interested to hear what Lloyd has to say about this building/structure type, maybe he even knows something about its origin? More pictures here.

Mason Dixon
February 24, 2010, 7:44 pm
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Add to the Collection
February 22, 2010, 8:26 pm
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Came across two Gary Snyder books this weekend at Random Row which I didn’t have before. Can’t have enough of his writing.

Regarding wave is a collection of poems some for his wife Masa and their son Kai.

Earth House Hold,  a play on the root meanings of “ecology,” is a collection of essays and journal writings.

February 21, 2010, 8:41 am
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For the past few years my two friends Ross McDermott and Andrew Owen have been traveling across the US seeking out and documenting bizarre and original festivals as part of their American Festivals Project. Last weekend a few friends of mine including Ross and Andrew returned to one of those festivals in Helvetia West Virginia for the annual Fasnacht celebration.

Helvetia, settled by Swiss immigrants in 1869, is known to maintain many of the traditions and celebrations brought by its original settlers one of which is Fasnacht, which from my understanding is a ritual celebration enacted to scare away old man winter and bring on the spring equinox. Obviously this involves wearing weird masks and going out into the darkness of night to drink heavily and have bonfires.

All photos and videos courtesy of American Festivals Project. I highly recommend visiting this site and seeing some of their great work and bizarre festivals they have documents across the US.

Winter Olympics VIII
February 17, 2010, 9:34 am
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“For the glory of sport and honor of our country,” athletes from thirty nations converged on Squaw Valley in 1960 to compete in twenty-seven events as part of the eighth Winter Olympics .  Squaw Valley, part of the Sierra Mountain range was the stage for the first return of the Winter Olympics to the US in 28 years.

I haven’t been able to watch as much of the 2010 Olympics as I would like to, however I am looking forward to hockey. A few more of my found images here.

Total Medal Counts for the VIII games as follows (gold, silver, bronze, total).

1 Soviet Union 7 5 9 21
2 Germany 4 3 1 8
3 United States 3 4 3 10
4 Norway 3 3 0 6
5 Sweden 3 2 2 7
6 Finland 2 3 3 8
7 Canada 2 1 1 4
8 Switzerland 2 0 0 2
9 Austria 1 2 3 6
10 France 1 0 2 3

Leo Kottke
February 15, 2010, 7:08 pm
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Leo Kottke was on A Prarie Home Companion this week, I could listen to his 12 string playing all day long. Perhaps not as well known as other guitar players like John Fahey, he has had a prolific career and in my opinion has always been consistently good.

It was hard to pick a song/video to post,  I settled on cover of Little Martha.

Allan Wexler
February 10, 2010, 7:52 pm
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Artist/Architect Allan Wexler has been a huge influence and inspiration to WildWood for sometime, so much so I recently used his work to illustrate and inspire my students for an assignment I gave them. His work explores the routines and rituals of our everyday lives and how they relate to the built environment.

As said in his statement, “The works isolate, elevate, and monumentalize our daily rituals; dining, sleeping, bathing. And they, in turn, become mechanism that activate ritual, ceremony, and movement, turning these ordinary activities into theater.”