Supermoon Lunar Eclipse 2015

Last week was the supermoon lunar eclipse. The moon was at its perigee, the closest it gets to the earth, and appeared 14% larger. Then it slipped into the shadow of the earth and took on an eerie red-orange color. 

I saw it from beautiful Lassen Volcanic National Park and took some photos.

Hikers climbed Lassen Peak at dusk to see the supermoon.

We looked at the moon through a telescope.

And the Milky Way looked pretty spectacular.



Pinecones are fascinating and I've been drawing inspiration from them.  (And drawing them, too.) These three are Ponderosa and Jeffery pinecones.

Ponderosas have spines that point out in a "J" shape, and Jeffery pines have spines that point downwards, so you can tell them apart by rememering prickly ponderosa  and gentle jeffery. Otherwise the trees look really similar.

A photo posted by Gregory Purifoy (@g_foy) on

A photo posted by Gregory Purifoy (@g_foy) on

A photo posted by Gregory Purifoy (@g_foy) on


Anatomy of a Project (Vol. 5.5) - The Stove Itself

This post has been a long time coming.  Actually it's about three years later than I was originally expecting.  But hey, better late than never, right?

I figure that this series of posts might be helpful to someone who decides to do a similar project or is interested in working with the Inkawasi stove design, so that's why, years later, I'm following up on the Anatomy of a Project series with this final post.  I never quite got to some of the topics I wanted to, like Community Workshops, Budget and Funding, and Designing for Sustainability, but I do think there's enough information here to be helpful.

This video was produced by me in 2012 during the stove project, and chronicles step by step how to build the Inkawasi stove structure.  It is in Spanish, but I'll work on putting some English captions on there.  Enjoy!

           (Vol. 3.3) - The Community
           (Vol. 5.3) - The Stovetops
           (Vol. 5.4) - The Table
           (Vol. 5.5) - The Stove Itself***
           (Vol. 5.6) - The Chimney
    • (Vol. 6) – Community Workshops
    • (Vol. 7) – The Budget and Funding
    • (Vol. 8) – Designing for Sustainability