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Stonework: Mark Edmonds and Rose Ferraby
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Evening draws the colour
From the blades that rest beside you.
Rough hewn, scarred,
Fresh from the crag.
Now you know.
The secret of the work
Was always in the body.
It took the stone to draw it out,
To bring you to that elevated state and
To make you in the process.
An inheritance bestowed.

Mike Pitts in his blog, Digging Deeper writes this morning that -

Here’s a lovely thing. It’s a poem about an ancient place, by Mark Edmonds and Rose Ferraby – or as Mark describes it, “words by me, images by the two of us” – in the form of an illustrated book. It’s mostly the story of the making of a stone axe 6,000 years ago. A quarry high in the Lake District draws the maker up to find the right stone, where the axe is roughed out, then carried back down and finished; the description attempts to convey that this means more to the maker than the mere winning of a useful implement. Interleaved with this is the briefer story of (one assumes) a knowledgeable archaeologist who finds up there an abandoned, unfinished axe; he thinks he can beat the problem that defeated the neolithic knapper, and at the end succeeds. He descends with the axe, “Six thousand years in the making.”

More on the book Stonework by Mark Edmonds and Rose Ferraby here.

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Posted by Littlestone
3rd February 2014ce

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