Sketches from Week 44 ( Jan 6 - 12, 2014)

Roman, Jessica and Josh showed up this week to help me clear brush and dead branches all around my ranch. It hasn’t rained at all so the fire danger is pretty extreme and this project was way past overdue… so here we go!

I’m working on a small screening fence for my friend Skip. While I was there setting in the redwood posts, he asked me if I’d ever had bamboo leaf –wrapped fish… but then quickly corrected himself and said “Ah no, I meant to say banana leaves!”. But I thought, “why not bamboo leaves?” So I tried it that evening with a small calico that I speared. Unfortunately, I can’t tell you what it tasted like exactly because I blackened the poor fish pretty badly after sticking into my wood stove, which makes a spectacular oven… all the bamboo leaf had burnt away! But I ate everything anyway and it was delicious :)

Met up with Luke Holden, the art director for Lucidity Festival which is taking place this year in April at the Live Oak campground just north of Santa Barbara. I’ll be taking on the Lucid stage and a few other areas. No Coachella for me this year but lots of things to keep me occupied nonetheless…

… including BOOM festival in Portugal. It takes place every two years and Bamboo DNA has had some of its biggest projects there in 2010 and 2012… and now we’re taking on our biggest yet: the Dance Temple! 100+ feet tall and 300’ long, this mammoth structure will contain 20,000+ dancing festival goers from over 100 countries. The entire design is inspired by Antoni Gaudi’s “Sagrada Familia” cathedral in Barcelona. If you haven’t seen it, go now! Truly a wonder.