Cedar Caredio is a talented sculptor who works in wood and stone. As his neighbor, JoJo can tell you that his yard is full of large scale works of art.
Cedar begins with image drawings until he “hits upon it.” Then he searches for the right piece of wood to fit the figure. He chisels away the wood to reveal the shape inside. Often the grain of the particular wood modifies his original concept. He prefers working with different types of Northwest cedar Woods, particularly western red, yellow, and white ‘Port Orford’. Inlays of carved marble, stones, shells, or gems complete many of the pieces. Working in stone has been a relatively recent endeavor. Limestone, marble, slate and alabaster are the main types of stone he uses.
Both his Celtic heritage and his life in the Northwest guide Cedar to interpretations of myths with stylized creatures or designs. Influences include Northwest coastal Native Americans (totem images), Western European mysteries (like fairies), and Scottish wood and stone carving. Tying together these elements with dreams and spirituality has led him to his own unique style. He focuses on defining lines rather than minute details.
He also plays the bagpipes!
You can find more about Cedar and his art at his Studio.
In this episode JoJo talks with Dr. Dave Donielson, veteran climber and member of Lane County Search and Rescue and Eugene Mountain Rescue. Learn about his favorite, scariest and most challenging climbs in some of the most beautiful parts of the country. Including the hard rock peaks of Yosemite, Mt Whitney in California and the high peaks of Denali in Alaska.
Dave has turned to his passion and skills for climbing toward Eugene Mountain Rescue and Lane County Search and Rescue. Listen to how he made it on the Team and just how grueling it is to become part of the Search and Rescue family!
In this episode, Adam Wendt talks with bassist, artist, and food industry veteran, Dan Schmid. Dan moved to Eugene to attend the University of Oregon in the 1980s, and in the decades since has been an active member of the local and national music scene from the Jazz Greats to the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies. Dan takes EugCast listeners on a tour of the 80s and 90s Eugene “bohemian” scene like a raccoon on LSD. He talks about Lenny’s Nosh Bar , underground music venues, the importance of meeting spaces, and opportunities for artists to connect.
Dan talks about playing shows at the WOW Hall, Max’s Tavern, and local underground venues. He also talks about touring the world in support of the album Zoot Suit Riot.
Jojo Jensen talks with audiobook narrator Heather Anne Henderson.
Heather Henderson talks about working as a professional voice talent and award winning audiobook narrator. Heather shares how she got started, the classes, how she put together her fancy studio, and the projects she has worked on. Learn about the ins and outs of how grueling it can be to narrate an audiobook. For a bonus you will also learn what a “bonnet ripper” is..
In this episode, Adam Wendt interviews local artist Jud Turner.
Jud Turner grew up in Eugene on a diet of skateboarding, punk rock, progressive politics, poly-spirituality and the philosophy that “fun is all”. While studying classic art at the University of Oregon in the early 90’s he decided to take a welding class at Lane Community College and his love of metal work began. He makes art out of materials that were not originally intended to be artistic mediums. His work can now be found in galleries world-wide.
Jill Sager, tarot reader, channel, author and hand drummer talks with JoJo about her intuitive gifts and how and why she shares her abilities of intuition and insight with clients. Jill taps into what she calls Guidance and believes everyone has a connection with the Universe. In this episode, she gives some tips on how to deepen that connection and really trust what your intuition is telling you.
Jill is known not only for her gifts as a channel, but also as a hand drummer. She opened the Hands On Rhythm and Drum School in 2000 and taught hand drumming, led drum circles, and published a book and DVD, Beginning Hand Drumming: A Guide to Recreation and Wellness.
Jill is finishing a book about Guidance while she works with clients, both at her private studio and at the Eugene Saturday Market.
Mark is an advocate and supporter of downtown Eugene rejuvenation and has been a major player in bringing business downtown for almost a decade. He’s not afraid to start projects and is obsessed with collaboration. His favorite project at the moment is KING-PONG and he’s especially excited about opening a new Adaptive Prototyping Lab and highlighting Eugene as a Maker City. He’s on the planning team for The Nation of Makers Conference 2020 in Eugene.
Mark is a founder of Code Chops (Eugene’s first tech co-working space), Eugene Tech, Dark Matter and is a Mozilla Open Leader.
Adam Wendt interviews Howard Libes, a Eugene area writer and music industry hotshot. The interview wanders around Eugene like a raccoon on LSD.
Howard Libes has been a writer for over 30 years. He edited the 2,300-page manuscript of If They Move … Kill’em: The Life and Times of Sam Peckinpah by David Weddle (Atlantic/Grove Press) and worked as a collaborator — writer and interviewer — on Among the Mansions of Eden: Tales of Love, Lust, and Land in Beverly Hills by David Weddle (William Morrow/HarperCollins).
He has been a freelance writer for many publications too, including Fuel and Los Angeles Times Magazine. Howard’s writing career has been sidetracked a few times over the years by the music business. Most notably, he managed the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies who sold over 2 million albums.
He is currently tapping into his lifelong obsession with science fiction and writing the SEEDER series. In October 2017, When All Else Fails, volume one in the series, was released online and in stores. The second volume in the series, Foreseeable Future, is due out in Fall/Winter 2020.
Val is a lifelong reader and writer who enjoys writing about strong, gutsy women who make mistakes and have lots of baggage.
Growing up in puritanical New England during the 1950’s-60’s she was drawn to the gothic, the secrets, mystery and the dark side of human nature. She has received an Elizabeth George Foundation grant and the Monticello Award for Fiction.
Val’s work has appeared in Scent of Cedars: Promising writers of the Pacific Northwest (Russell Dean & Company) and France, a Love Story (Seal Press/Avalon).
Her femme noir novel, Revenge in 3 Parts is available online and in bookstores and her protagonist, Angeline Porter returns in Tainted Times 2.