Hawk, Owl, Crow and Shiitake

Jason’s working diligently on getting the Hawk crated.  Quite a process to build the crate however so worth it, as previous sculpture shipments like this have historically arrived safely. Knock on wood.


OR Hawk in Crate Aug 2016

With another 48″ owl in process and a second in cue (in addition to other smaller sculpture orders), the studio will be a busy place over the next month or so.

There is also additional excitement outside the studio… and under the pines at our house where the second round of shiitakes are blooming – in larger quantities than we expected.  Pretty cool.  We decided it’s time to take this a bit more seriously and label the logs.

Shiitake Labels shiitakes on logs 2016 Shiitakes August 2016

Can’t wait to get more of these logs inoculated come Spring 2017.

~ TT

Cabin, Oysters, Chickens and Cattails

August 14th, 2016

On our ride down to the cabin this Sunday, Jason stops at a favorite spot to hunt for mushrooms while I sit with Pekoe and begin to read an excerpt of Colson Whitehead’s new novel “The Underground Railroad” from the previous Sunday NYTimes.  It’s less than four minutes when Jason texts me with Chicken mushroom photos.

Pretty sweet…appetizers tonight for sure.  So hot and humid in Rochester and Upstate NY (the “Real” Upstate) that mushrooms are now becoming plentiful.

The except from “The Underground Railroad” is a fast and engaging read and I find myself instantly connected to the main character Cora and her journey.

Jason appears ten minutes later with not only the Chicken mushroom but some Oyster Mushrooms too.  When you find a fresh oyster mushroom they almost glisten, limp and ruffle shaped, echoing what you might find in the sea.

And the smell… soon the truck was full of thick mushroom fragrance.

Here’s a photo of the mushrooms at camp before we cook them up.


Oysters and Chicken August 14, 2016

Later in the day, I decide to rip out some of the Cattails that are overtaking the pond.  Cortland’s Cornell Cooperative Extension states that ridding your pond of cattails can be done with one methods or sometimes a combination of the following methods:

  1. Hand Pulling – a “few work sessions every few years”
  2. Dredging
  3. Mowing/Cutting – best done in late summer
  4. Flooding Freezing
  5. The Use of Chemical Herbicides


It takes about an hour to break through the cattails and make a path to the pond.  Some of the cattails are very easy to pull, but others, don’t budge.  Putting your weight into it helps but be prepared to lose your balance…if your feet are sunk in the mud.

Terri Cattails Pond

Jason and I decide we need more friends.

Hawk. Soon to make its way to Oregon.

Busy day in the studio today for Jason.  He’s moving forward with the Hawk that will soon be heading across country to Oregon.  The hawk is coming together beautifully.  Even the crate that Jason ships the large sculptures in are a work of art in itself.  I’ll be sure to post “building of the crate” picts as they develop.  Here’s a pict of the hawk and Jason at the band saw that he recently “made up” with after his band saw accident last week. 🙁

Jason Shop Hawk August 2016

Meanwhile today, I raked sycamore leaves in our back yard due to the Finger Lakes drought underway.  I guess that means less leaves to rake in the Fall?

And…. it was time to make crow feet.  A set of 10 of them to be exact.

Crow Feet Metal Sculpture JET Crow Feet Metal Sculpture JET Detail

Feeling fortunate that I can help him at this time.


Fondly –

Terri Tennant

Chicken Treasure…in the Woods

There’s nothing like stealing away on a Sunday to disrupt the norm of “getting ready for the workweek” and heading down the to cabin for the night.  Of course, neither of us have to be “at work” Monday morning, however I have a deep respect and reverence for the way it feels to steal away on a Sunday, as it is typically a rare occurrence in our lives.

On the drive up our mile and half easement of mud, dirt, and rock road to the cabin, Jason and I have our eyes peeled looking for mushrooms, Jason keeping the truck on the road, and Pekoe in my lap, head out the window – possibly also on the hunt. With a recent rain this past Friday, Jason was sure that we’d find something. As we were talking about the beautiful Chicken of the Woods I found two years ago, sure enough,

on the same stump, I said to Jason as we rounded the dirt road… “There it is!”


2nd Chicken of the Woods August 2016


What a beauty!  My first thought was, well it’s not as big… however it seems the thinner and maybe younger it is, the taster.  Jason and I cut it off the stump and rolled it up in a towel as we didn’t have a basket or paper.

Here’s a picture of the first chicken I found two years ago.  It was like a beam of light was shining right on this amazing site in the woods. Yes a beauty, but not as tasty as the one we just found this year.


1st Chicken of the Woods


Jason and I cooked a bit up for appetizers at dinnertime.  A little olive oil and salt and a splash of water in the cast iron pan and we have what we call “our french fries”.  I’m definitely enjoying the smaller less dense mushroom rather then the meatier chicken of the woods.


Detail 2016 Chicken of the Woods



Monday, August 8, 2016

Heading back home from the cabin, I find a smattering of what Jason called Satan’s bolete, I don’t like the name, but they are something I’ve never noticed.  Here’s a blurred photo as I took it out the window of the truck, but you can also see the other boletes in the background.  The interesting fact about these mushrooms are that when you cut them, they turn blue almost immediately within the cut.  Not edible but a cool find.


Bolete Under 2016


No luck finding chanterelles today….How will we survive the winter with no chanterelles in the freezer!!!

~ Terri Tennant