Welcome to The Phoenix Files!

This blog is a collection of papers and how-to articles I have written over the past 25+ years, as well as my travel journals and announcements.  Scholarly works from "The Library" on my old website, are labeled here as "Historica Tractatu." 

My travels have had heavy influence on my work and are the 'back story' behind many of my designs. Some of my older journals are revised from the original, and most link to photo albums on Facebook.  

Once upon a time, near an imagined Egypt...

Once upon a time (about a decade ago), Lao Hats (now August Phoenix) issued Gift Certificate Number 5 to a lucky recipient, who, after having retained it all this time in its original envelope, presented it at my Phoenix Rising Event last August.... Said recipient was fitted with a blue pith helmet that I had in stock, and conversations commenced about how to customize this hat.

It turns out that she is a fan of the Amelia Peabody series, and wanted something modeled after that theme. And so, the longest awaited commission in the history of my company commences...

I present the first of the ornaments ... an imitation scarab, made from found objects, and FINALLY finding use for a small and singular Egyptian motif button, that obviously I have been saving for this very occasion ...

(At left - my scarab, based on an authentic one, shown at right)

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