Carved in Wood with Stanley Leonard

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I first met Stan when we worked together at a scout reservation and was overwhelmed by his ridiculous humor. Little did I know the man was as talented as they come. I spent an afternoon with Stan while he showed me the process of making a print from a woodcut he had carved earlier. The prints were really something special. You could see the raw passion he puts into each one of these prints. The process is slow and detailed and he loves every step.

The video gives you a small glimpse of what Stan can do. Check out his site to see what he can really do! Also feel free to contact Stan to have a print of your own.

And yes I used Papyrus and it felt good;)

Sierra Blair-Coyle at Climb Iowa


While shooting a music video for Brad Reiman, Sierra Blair-Coyle (the wonderful co-star in the video) was taking a break to hit up the Twitter sphere to announce that she was visiting good old Iowa. The Climb Iowa Gym picked up on the tweet and invited Sierra to hand out awards at their ongoing competition. The shoot was going way ahead of schedule so Sierra excitedly rushed over to Grimes, Iowa to hand out awards and meet some of her adoring young fans. At the gym we noticed that there had been a bulletin board with Sierra’s photos posted up by one of her fans.

I haven’t followed the sport of rock climbing to far outside of watching YouTube videos of amazing climbs, but from what I saw this weekend, I would say that Sierra is an amazing ambassador to the sport, and has a very bright future within it.


I also must note that I am very jealous that these young people in the Des Moines area have such an amazing place to go climb.

Keep Climbing!