Blogs by Thor Sigstedt

Thor Sigstedt is an artist in wood, words, cameras, bronze, cast iron, glass, notes and steel; a homesteader from Spirit Valley specializing in forest diversity and “land ethics” and a dabbler in practical and non-practical non-zero new paradigm complexity in the multiverse.

Topic: Thor’s Hammer

Having been given the gift of being able to lead a life of varied interests and experiences that relate to a large number of practical, philosophical and political subjects, I intend to write about the subjects that are closest to my heart, which are also often controversial and many based on an intimate relationship with the land and the landscape of New Mexico.  I have lived here for nearly 45 years; my family first moving here as artists in 1951 and have homesteaded a beautiful 40 acre parcel along ½ mile of Galisteo Creek  for over 30 years and I have tended to the tasks of caring for the land, animals, children and family, the watershed in intimate ways in an experimental life that also includes an abiding interest in a wide range of subjects and having written about them and told stories about my experiences and thoughts, weaving them into a world view that is colorful, thoughtful and interesting and definitely New Mexican in its flavor and love of the physical and spiritual landscape.  Hold on to your hats as I weave my thoughts and attempt to elucidate some new paradigm thinking and some down home observations.  I went to St. Johns as a freshman, UNM as an architectural student, Northern New Mexico Community College as a draftsman, Highlands as an art/bronze casting student, Santa Fe Community College for glass casting, Donkey College for the school of grazing, hard knocks, wood butchery and heavy equipment and trips to China, India, Canada, Norway, Italy, England and Mexico, New Zealand as well as many other countries for that worldly education and I presently waltz and 2 step at every opportunity and watch the watershed with a keen, loving gaze.  I guess you would have to admit that I am a sort of Renaissance man with a large shop, a country gait and a camera, a guitar, a pencil, a computer and a Leatherman tool always near at hand.


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February 9, 2015 at 12:23 PM

‘I Am Not Corn’

'Ralph Waldo Emerson, visited the jail and asked, “What are you doing in there, Henry?” and Thoreau quipped, “That is not the question; the question is: what are you doing out there, Waldo?'

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January 5, 2015 at 2:32 PM

‘Fire Therapy’

'...Spraying sparks in an amazing dazzle of fire, showering us all in its display and creating a mixture of profound fear and eye opening excitement.'

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December 15, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Iron Brew II (A Preview)

'All of that hell, fire and brimstone and skeletal imagery is still burned into my rusting psyche...'

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July 19, 2013 at 10:51 AM

Susurrus Arroyo

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May 28, 2013 at 3:01 PM

Notes on sports and coming of age in northern New Mexico

‘Buffalo Ball’ - An Okay Game

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January 16, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Waltzing with Rattlesnakes and Chickens

Adventures with chickens...

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December 4, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Sketch of an Art Sale

"I often think about the donkey out there on a brutally cold winter’s night in the ice, mud and snow and the open sky and stars above..."

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August 16, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Remembering Randy Forrester

"One person stood out far and above the average dancer in almost every way"

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April 5, 2012 at 1:45 PM

Baile Cascarones

"...there is no better place to be and not much more fun to be had anywhere"

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October 17, 2011 at 10:49 AM

Dirt Road Decorum: What Happened to the Drive-by Wave?

"When I first got here many years ago, I developed a system of "waving" based upon some subtle observations..."

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September 8, 2011 at 12:55 PM

Rattlesnakes and Okra

"I have never had a rattlesnake strike at me in all of the years I have been catching them for myself and other neighbors"

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August 22, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Outsider Art

"The line between “outsider” art and the rest of the art world is often quite blurred ..."

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July 13, 2011 at 5:14 PM

Dancing the Two-Step and Other Steps Too

"What does, say, Thor's Hammer have to do with dancing, you might say. Well, here goes..."

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July 10, 2011 at 12:05 AM

The Windmill

"Built heart being The Windmill"