Bob Mattson, Barbara Sparhawk, and Black Walnut

Last week I got an email from a friend and fellow blogger in Carmel Valley, Barbara Sparhawk. What an amazing lady. Her life has been so rich and diversified, I want to be her when I grow up. She wrote for CBS News, FOX, and others in NYC, all the while doing huge murals in NYC, Coney Island and other places. You can find a sprinkling of who she is here: hawk’s Perch

Any way, she emailed me about a walnut tree that had shed a limb that she wanted to offer to a Big Sur wood carver. Rock Knocker is such a carver, so I asked if he would be interested. “Hell yeah!” he said, and so we were off to see the Farm Center in Carmel Valley on Robinson Canyon Rd. I hadn’t been since I moved to the South Coast, and there were LOTS of changes! I love what the place has become – an artist’s colony. Here are some photos of that journey.





I am convinced that Barbara is a soul sister from a past life. If not, she should be!


Barbara carried 90% of the wood to Rock Knocker’s truck. What a gal! I’ll make sure there is a bowl for you, but RK says it will be at least a year before it is ready to carve. If he won’t carve it, I will. My maiden name is “woods” for a reason!


~ by bigsurkate on August 13, 2012.

11 Responses to “Bob Mattson, Barbara Sparhawk, and Black Walnut”

  1. beautiful thank you


  2. Go Barb! wow love the colors shapes forms. pretty decent writing {very active brain}


  3. Green with envy.


  4. I hope you got a look at her painting and gallery. Stunning and inspiring work, or should I say play!


  5. Kate, what a sweetheart you are. You’ve bowled me over, speechless. The only thing to add is that I want to be Kate when I grow up. Also Rock Knocker.That was a fabulous day. Can’t wait for more branches to fall!


  6. I/WE of the Central Coast of CA and everyWhere have and express great gratitude for your vision and love in action.


  7. I love Barbara and miss her presence in the Big Sur Village. Now I know where to find you sweet Barbara, and know even more about your beautiful soul.. I will come to visit you soon, great write up Kate and I can envision your past life together. Bet you two kicked up some talk and inspiration for free thinking.


  8. I DID, and only wish I hadn’t left my camera in the truck when I did, or there would have been a photo of that incredible space, with Barbara in it!


  9. Sounds like a party at the Farm Center. Kate, I loved the picture of Barbara with the flying hair.


  10. She does, too!


  11. Being a horse enthusiast, Kate, that last photo caught my eye. Is that the inside of the farm center? All those saddles are so interesting!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: