Yet another use for coal

Submitted by Bug April 6th, 2011
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During a Dar Williams concert in Minneapolis, Dar quipped how she was having coffee with a friend from North Dakota and her friend said that during the cold winter months (9 months in a row with snow so far) North Dakotans go down into their basements and craft.  Although I am from Minnesota, having lived in North Dakota I find this crafting tendency to be true.  Instead of buying anything handmade they believe that they can ‘just make it’ themselves.  This photo is my testimony that the more North Dakotans spend inside the more they will take anything and ‘create with it’.  Exhibit A :  A piece of lignite coal from the Beulah mines that has been carved to replicate a canister.  Why carve a canister?  Why not?  Maybe I am missing the point?  Maybe there is NO point?

Exhibit B: The baby swaddled in leather just so happened to be sitting there on the shelf.  I have nothing witty or noteworthy to say about it.  It is what it is.

2 Responses to “Yet another use for coal”

  1. Allee Willis

    Love both of these!! Carving a canister out of coal is outrageously nutty (in the best sense of the word). Such a great use of coal! Especially a canister, something you DRINK FROM. And that little black kew[pie doll poking out of the wash cloth or whatever it is in bondage is my kind of craft. I need a trip to N. Dakota!!!

  2. windupkitty

    wow, that canister is fantastic! I LOVE making things from stuff I find around the house…it’s kind of all I can afford, but I think it also exercises your brain more…the voodoo doll in the straitjacket is pretty scary….bet it’s wrapped up for a reason!