Binkley Tours the Fantiscritti Quarry in Carrara

Written by Michael Binkley, October 21, 2018

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Michelle and I and some friends took a tour of the Fantiscritti marble quarry east of Carrara, Italy. We calculated a morning with good weather, as the clouds and accompanying storms can swoop in very quickly in the afternoons. We chose a Sunday, […]

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Binkley Demonstrates Pneumatic Hammer and Chisel in Italy

Written by Michael Binkley, October 17, 2018

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I’ve been working for 5 weeks now at my friends’ studio in Seravezza, Italy and am pleased that my Muse has returned. One of the key goals of Michelle’s and my year living and working abroad has been fulfilled.

I was […]

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Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Studio Worktable

Written by Michael Binkley, September 22, 2018

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I’ve been working at the studio of my friends, Nicolas Bertoux and Cynthia Sah in Seravezza. Italy now for three weeks, looking to entice my Muse back. I am happy to report she has been waiting for me and has […]

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Binkley Begins Work in Studio in Seravezza, Italy

Written by Michael Binkley, September 9, 2018

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A big part of Michelle’s and my Intermission Year abroad is for me to once again work under the Tuscan sun in a marble carving studio, this time in Seravezza, Italy. After three months of traveling across the USA, the […]

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Steel Sculpture at Kuresaarre Castle, Estonia

Written by Michael Binkley, August 6, 2018

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Michelle and I drove from Oslo, through Sweden to our most northern point of our “Intermission Year” at Kalix, before driving down the length of Finland to Helsinki, then on the ferry to Estonia.

We were hosted at our friend, Kara at her […]

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Visit to the Vigeland Sculpture Park in Oslo, Norway

Written by Michael Binkley, July 9, 2018

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Many years ago, longtime supporters and collectors, the Stormorkens told me about a sculpture park in their native country that I simply had to visit. As a stone sculptor, they felt I really should know about Gustav Vigeland and his work. I researched […]

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Visit the Royal Palace Gardens in Oslo, Norway

Written by Michael Binkley, July 5, 2018

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We walked from our B&B through a bit of Oslo, Norway and discovered the Princess Ingrid Alexandra’s Sculpture Park within the Royal Palace Gardens. It is designed specifically for children, by children. The project was started in 2016 and is funded […]

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Michael Binkley Discovers the Sondervig Sand Sculpture Festival

Written by Michael Binkley, July 3, 2018

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I have been volunteering on the Grouse Mountain Snow Sculpting Team in Vancouver, BC, Canada for three years now, and the team captain is a retired international sand sculpture competitor. Alan Matsumoto has regaled me with stories of his work, and I have […]

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Michael Binkley Experiences Solstice 2018 at Stonehenge

Written by Michael Binkley, June 30, 2018

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I had the great privilege to be invited by our UK host, Zoe to join her and her friend, Catherine to attend Summer Solstice at Stonehenge.

I have long been interested in Stonehenge and its mysterious construction over 3,000 years ago  to […]

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Binkley’s Year Abroad Explained

Written by Michael Binkley, June 29, 2018

Although I’ve written a post about why Michelle and I are working and travelling abroad for a year, here is a visual recap for you. This was recorded in our rental car, driving across the plains of USA, enroute to New York City to board the Queen Mary 2 for our trans-Atlantic crossing.