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Blog series by motthunter updated 07-15-2008 02:47 PM 8 parts 8410 reads 51 comments total

Part 1: Still abroad Nanjing China

01-30-2008 05:03 AM by motthunter | 3 comments »

I travel for my real job and have been away from home now for a while. I love this site since I can keep my mind on my shop when I am away. I miss the sound of my saw. I started this trip in Hong Kong after a 16 hour flight directly over the North pole from a connecting flight in Newark. I had a meeting there and wandered the city a bit. I love this city. It is a real paradise for the traveler. Great people, great food, great things to see. Best Chinese food you could imagine.. but...

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Part 2: Now in India

01-30-2008 05:30 AM by motthunter | 12 comments »

After all the madness in China, now I have arrived in the place that is famous for its differences to us. I mean no disrespect to India in my descriptions, but if you have never been here, it is impossible to truly understand how it really is. My only short way of explaining India is “COMPLETE SENSORY OVERLOAD”. The air is thick with pollution and in many places indescribable smells of food, people, and who knows what else. There is never a moment that a horn is not honking,...

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Part 3: Artisan Stores in Mumbai, India (formerly known as Bombay)

01-31-2008 02:50 PM by motthunter | 4 comments »

I had several hours to kill today before getting my flight home. Almost 16 hours on a direct flight is never fun, but at least I get to wander some before I go. Unfortunately the stores would not allow me to take pictures of the intricate carvings and amazing pieces. I will try to get a friend to get some for later to show. The craftsmanship of the Indian carvers rivals any in the world. Most of the pieces I saw were of figures from their Hindu faith. I like to believe that their devo...

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Part 4: Home from Asia

02-03-2008 09:40 AM by motthunter | 7 comments »

I truly hoped to blog on that the rest of my trip in India was uneventful and that I made it home without incident. Sorry,… didn’t happen that way. I spent my last day with friends who I do business with in the most beautiful part of Mumbai. The hospitality was like being a king for a day. The further south you go in the city, the nicer the city becomes. The southern most tip is a peninsula surrounded by water and the view is amazing. After lunch I did some shopping for gifts includin...

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Part 5: carving that I DID NOT MAKE but purchased in China and India

02-03-2008 06:59 PM by motthunter | 5 comments »

I want to make it clear that this is not my work. I don’t want to mislead anyone to think that this was made by me. They were made by artists during my recent travels. carved and frames from China. also from China 2 from India front and back of same piece from India. I hope that you enjoy this work.

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Part 6: Interesting Joinery from Mexico

06-08-2008 06:02 PM by motthunter | 4 comments »

Recently I was in Puebla Mexico on business where I saw a desk that lit up my interest. When I see something that later I plan to incorporate into a project, I have to share it. Please take a look at these photos and see how cool the legs attach tot he desk. Also, the center is a hollow cavity covered by glass to display some traditional carvings. I like this desk and hope to have time this year to make something similar with my own influences. My intent is to make something even more ...

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Part 7: Middle East and Erope part 1

07-15-2008 05:47 AM by motthunter | 5 comments »

Been a while since my last travel blog… Man have I been over busy. I just returned from the Middle East and Europe. The trip included Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, Dubai in United Arab Emirates, Amman in Jordon, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in Israel, and several cities in Holland. Where to begin? First, to go to Saudi, you have to get a visitors visa which was easier than I thought. For those who don’t travel with a passport, a visa is a special stamp you get from a country that requires it fo...

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Part 8: Middle East and Europe part 2

07-15-2008 02:47 PM by motthunter | 11 comments »

Part two begins in line for security at the airport in Israel. Now this is real airport security. Before I describe how it went, I first want to complement the people who operate the security there. Unlike the TSA people I deal with on a regular basis at US airports, Israel’s security team is professional, careful, respectful, methodical and thorough. They actually seem interested in making your flight safe. If I had a dollar for every time I have seen the TSA act like jerks to me or ot...

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