Set fire to the rain: some shou sugi ban for a dreary day


Despite recent posts on (tiny) tiny home visitors and plans for a cross-country road trip, it has been quite a few weeks since my last Matchbox-related update, so (in the interest of pushing that off yet another few days) here's a bit of footage from last month's shou sugi ban burning party.

Most of early January has been devoted to plastering the Matchbox's interior—expect more on that very soon. In the meantime, learn how you can sign up to help out on the lot, or register for a visit at an upcoming Boneyard Studios open house.


"Society never advances. It recedes as fast on one side as it gains on the other For every thing that is given, something is taken. The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet. He is supported on crutches, but lacks so much support of muscle. He has a fine Geneva watch, but he fails of the skill to tell the hour by the sun. A Greenwich nautical almanac he has, and so being sure of the information when he wants it, the man in the street does not know a star in the sky. The solstice he does not observe; the equinox he knows as little; and the whole bright calendar of the year is without a dial in his mind. His note-books impair his memory; his libraries overload his wit; the insurance-office increases the number of accidents; and it may be a question whether machinery does not encumber; whether we have not lost by refinement some energy, some vigor of wild virtue." — Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance


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