Enjoying Nature

It’s no secret that I love stones, rocks, natural structures and features in all their myriad presentations.  (Just read some of my earlier blogs).  This is one reason why…

Everything here where I call home is reproduce-able in my mind.  I know how the buildings are built, how the houses are made, how the streets and parking lots are laid down.  I have a pretty good idea how the cars are put together, how airplanes fly and even how all these people are made.  This is a place I know pretty well.  It’s ordered and logical (mostly) and utterly human made.  Most everything here has appeared within my lifetime, and if not, certainly within the span of human history.

Camping recently, I walked around looking down at the Earth and was brought back to nature and that feeling that I am lost in an overwhelming, complicated, mysterious, unknowable, ageless and incredible place in the universe that is beyond all human comprehension.

Then I looked up and saw a tree.  They’re pretty neat too.


Little engraved stone hearts made right here in Phoenix, Arizona

Striking Stone Hearts

Striking Stone’s engraved hearts

Sometimes it is the simplest things…

Engraved simple natural, unpolished stones – about one inch in diameter.

These are beings used as business cards, wedding favors, wedding thank you gifts, love stones, memory rocks to symbolize promises of the hearts… and so many other things.


Striking Stone’s design team.


Who doesn’t love a good party?  Since we moved into a new place here in north Phoenix, we had to have a grand opening party for our customers, vendors, friends and family.  The idea was to show everyone how we etch, engrave, cut and polish stone and also to get feedback on our storefront.  So, we got a case of wine, a BIG sandwich and a bunch of plates of snacks and sent out invites.

It was a great success and everyone was excited about the studio.  What surprised me was how impressed many people were with the process of what we do here.  I showed attendees what it takes to etch stone from beginning to end.  After showing one guest how I engrave and grout fill fundraising bricks, she said “wow, I thought you just used machines”.  Nope, all hand crafted here!

It was so nice to have the shop full of people enjoying themselves and what we take great pride in doing that I can’t wait for our first customer appreciation party.  More wine please!