The Living Rock Studios

The Living Rock Studios The Living Rock Studios is truly a work of art, a wonderland of rock, art and history.
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Mother's Day, 2020"A Legacy of Love""From the Father up above,That's what my mother gave to me,A legacy of love that set...
05/10/2020

Mother's Day, 2020

"A Legacy of Love"

"From the Father up above,
That's what my mother gave to me,
A legacy of love that set me free."

From a poem by Marilyn (Penny) Mackey 1995

Remembering the mother who provided much of the funding and much encouragement to build the Living Rock Studios, Faye Taylor. Photos are of Faye & Howard Taylor and Faye and Howard with their oldest daughter, Nancy Bergerson. Photos taken in 1985.

03/31/2020

NOTE: In addition to the frustrations at hand, Facebook locked us out of the page for a while. If you sent messages or comments and we did not respond, please forgive us. We are so very grateful to the community for all of your love and help. We were able to see the messages, just not respond to any. I am sending all links and photos to Penny (not a Facebook user) for verification as to if things could be from the robbery. So far we have not recovered any items, but keep on keeping your eyes peeld for us. We thank you all so incredibly much!

STAY HEALTHY!

Thank you, community, for all your responses.  As requested, here is a list of a few of the things missing.  The picture...
03/18/2020

Thank you, community, for all your responses. As requested, here is a list of a few of the things missing. The pictures attached are of the following:

All three weapons
The rifle on the left is a Winchester. It was used for hunting
The center weapon is a double barreled shotgun
The weapon on the right is a muzzle loader that came across the Great Plains in a wagon train in 1852.
The funny aluminum/metal cylinders are candle molds.

Amber&newt
The strange golden blob with something in it... a newt caught in amber
The line of white rocks in the front of the photo are fossils including trilobites, a small crab and an acorn

Dark clock
Purchased in Eugene, OR in the early 1900's. Engravings on the rear show purchase date, and that it was bought as a Christmas present

Display secretary
Plate in the top left shelf is missing as is at least the doll on the middle shelf.
The thieves also took the top two drawers on the right

Mother-of-pearl boat
About 3" to 4" tall

The round trunk (open & closed) came from the early 1900's. It was filled with family's antique books and records.

The last two photos show some of the damage. The secretary stripped of its displays and minus the drawers, and the family history case with its side ripped off.

While we do not have photos, also taken were:

All the jewelry and rocks and crystals from the gift shop area cases,

Howard's (Penny's father's) old surveyor vest with his notebooks and tools and personal documents,

Penny's antique dolls, including her personal childhood doll in a small round luggage case with all the fashionable dresses and pj's she and her mother sewed for it when she was a young girl,

Penny's father's antique toy tractors,

Penny's father's antique tools and equipment used for timber cruising,

Large Arizona petrified wood,

Framed display of Indian arrowheads,

Many more personal items and rocks and fossils. :(

Thank you all for being eyes where we cannot see and being supportive and kind enough to share.

Blessings and Health to you all.

03/16/2020

It is with sorrow that we announce the Living Rock Studios will be closed for at least the rest of the month. While all remain healthy, the museum was robbed over the weekend. Great loss and structural damage was the result. We are devastated and ask for your prayers. If anyone notices rocks and crystals, jewelry, antiques, pioneer rifles, petrified wood, or other items being pawned or sold at garage sales we ask that you contact the Linn Co Sheriff's Department or the studios. We are desperate to recover some of the particularly sentimental items. The Mackey and Taylor families are working through the stages of grief as more items are noticed to be missing.

03/13/2020

As of right now, Penny and I seem to be healthy, we've cleaned the rest room and most of the public access areas and things. So...we intend to have The Living Rock Studios open Saturday, March 14 and all of the week of March 18-21. God willing and the bugs don't rise.

02/15/2020

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Valentine’s Day celebration! It was so wonderful to see your smiling faces!

...and we almost forgot to say... HAPPY 161st BIRTHDAY OREGON! You’re looking pretty great for your age! So appropriate on your birthday that they put a heart on it! We love you, you gorgeous state! ♥️

02/14/2020

❤️❤️❤️ Happy Valentine's Day! Come one, come all! Come alone or grab a friend or the family or a date and come on down to the Living Rock Studios! Open until 8 pm tonight, with homemade candy and hot drinks from six to eight! ❤️❤️❤️

Friendship Thunder Egg! Like a friendship necklace of heart halves, only split Oregon State Rocks with polished down cen...
02/13/2020

Friendship Thunder Egg! Like a friendship necklace of heart halves, only split Oregon State Rocks with polished down centers.

The outside may look like a clump of cement broken from an Oregon pothole, but the heart of it is a treasure.

This Thunder Egg was purchased to send half to a beloved "bestest of friends" in the Bronx, while the other side stays in a windowsill right here in the Willamette Valley to remind everyone that a whole big county is not large enough a distance to divide hearts of true friends.

Happy Valentine's Day, and may Love keep all your relationships, be they romantic or friendly or parental, solid as a ROCK.

Don't forget your Valentine's Day list: Cards and Flowers,Dinner,and Homemade Candy and Hot Drinks at the Living Rock St...
02/13/2020

Don't forget your Valentine's Day list:

Cards and Flowers,
Dinner,
and Homemade Candy and Hot Drinks at the Living Rock Studios!

💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕❤️

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching!

In addition to the normal First Friday Family Fun Night's later hours (10-8:30 on Friday, Feb 7th!), the Studios will be open from 10 to 8 on Feb 14, with gift ideas for your sweetheart.

There will also be homemade candy and hot drinks from 6-8 on the 14th.

This necklace was hand carved by Howard Taylor, Penny’s father. He gave it to Faye Parsons four years before they were married.

The Living Rock Studios was dedicated on their 50th wedding anniversary. Penny & I are following their footsteps. Three more years to 50.

Take care of the love of your life!

02/13/2020

Valentine's Day at the Living Rock Studios. We open at 10:00 AM as usual. Join us for homemade candy and hot drinks from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM. For more information call us at 541-466-5814 or 541-270-1181.

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching! In addition to the normal First Friday Family Fun Night's later hours (10-8:30 on F...
02/03/2020

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching!

In addition to the normal First Friday Family Fun Night's later hours (10-8:30 on Friday, Feb 7th!), the Studios will be open from 10 to 8 on Feb 14, with gift ideas for your sweetheart.

There will also be homemade candy and hot drinks from 6-8 on the 14th.

This necklace was hand carved by Howard Taylor, Penny’s father. He gave it to Faye Parsons four years before they were married.

The Living Rock Studios was dedicated on their 50th wedding anniversary. Penny & I are following their footsteps. Three more years to 50.

Take care of the love of your life!

"Memories of today are the history  of tomorrow.”Come learn how to save both on Jan.3, 2020 10am-8:30pm. At The Living R...
12/30/2019

"Memories of today are the history of tomorrow.”

Come learn how to save both on Jan.3, 2020
10am-8:30pm. At The Living Rock Studios.

For this Fabulous First Friday Family Day you can learn how to miniaturize your memories!

Memory Jars, decorations, and instructions for continuing the project throughout the new year provided for all.

Happy Christmas!   Here are David and Penny's fine needlepoint stockings.  Aren't they amazing?
12/24/2019

Happy Christmas! Here are David and Penny's fine needlepoint stockings. Aren't they amazing?

On the eve of our Dear Savior's Birth, we wish you all a very merry Christmas indeed! Don't you just adore the wide vari...
12/24/2019

On the eve of our Dear Savior's Birth, we wish you all a very merry Christmas indeed!

Don't you just adore the wide variety of nativities in the world? When I was a kid, the most treasured ornament was a small wooden barn with the Holy Family inside. It was not officially Christmas until that ornament was front and center, right before the lighting of the star.

Here is a wooden nativity on display for the "Wonderful Woods" celebration. Look closely... it's a children's puzzle!

Also shown is a tiny nativity from Peru that was carved in alabaster.

Come out and see all the decorations for Christmas and the "Wonderful Woods" displays!  This is a wood shaving bird made...
12/21/2019

Come out and see all the decorations for Christmas and the "Wonderful Woods" displays! This is a wood shaving bird made by David and an Olive Wood Bell from Jerusalem!

12/20/2019

Living Rock Studios holiday schedule:
Christmas day: closed
December 28th: closing early at 2PM.
New Year's day: closed
January 3rd, First Friday open 10 AM to 8:30 PM

12/19/2019

If you've been trying to contact us via our landline (541-466-5814) it's been down for an unknown length of time. BUT IT'S FIXED! (mostly) Call the land line now and you'll get Penny, who is the one who usually answers the phone anyway. Thanks for persevering with us.

11/27/2019

The Living Rock Studios will be open Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving. Our Christmas decorations will be up by then. A few antique toys will be on display too. AND for your rock hound, our gift shop will be open. So come and see The Living Rock Studios, "unique in the world."

Have you seen David's latest Kayak project?  It has been moved to the studios this month for the "Wonderful Woods" celeb...
11/03/2019

Have you seen David's latest Kayak project? It has been moved to the studios this month for the "Wonderful Woods" celebration. It is a work in progress, made from the wood of recycled church pews! Ask him about how he steamed the wood to bend it for the curves. He has such fascinating ideas!

Don't forget about tomorrow's "First Friday Family Fun Night" event.  5:30-8:30 pm.For "Wonderful Woods" month there are...
10/31/2019

Don't forget about tomorrow's "First Friday Family Fun Night" event. 5:30-8:30 pm.

For "Wonderful Woods" month there are some interesting wooden games set out, as well as featured wood pieces and art on display.

Can you beat the kids at "Scramble"? And can you identify the objects used to construct the game board?

It might be cold inside with all the stone, so bundle up, and bring a flashlight if you have one to illuminate the rocks in the walls.

Hello everyone!  Nancy B. sends her greetings.  This is the view from her room.  Note the Living Rock suncatcher!   She ...
10/31/2019

Hello everyone! Nancy B. sends her greetings.

This is the view from her room. Note the Living Rock suncatcher!

She says, "love and prayers for you all!"

Anyone who misses her at the Studios-- feel free to send her a message or leave a comment here and we will pass it on.

Did you miss this year’s Threads in Time Celebration of vintage and modern fiber art and handicrafts?  No worries!  It w...
10/19/2019
50 Artists Crochet Giant Sea Urchin Installations That Interact with Their Surroundings

Did you miss this year’s Threads in Time Celebration of vintage and modern fiber art and handicrafts? No worries! It will be back next year! And you still have the excitement of “Wonderful Woods” and the fall and Christmas seasonal displays to behold.

But if you’re still interested in handicraft projects, here’s a good pattern idea for you brought to you compliments of Singapore! Be sure to send us pictures when you complete it! 😂

https://mymodernmet.com/sea-urchin-choi-shine-architects/?fbclid=IwAR0vSbaOPqdRIPe8FV3UfTzAScVUcTZxfVTKQZDyFssrT2v-suqXJQ_NT4E

Choi+Shine Architects designed and created The Urchins, a series of 3 interactive art installations. Each hand-crafted sea urchin promotes sustainability.

As mentioned before, Oakley, the 400 year old Oak at the museum has dropped more acorns this season than anyone remember...
10/16/2019

As mentioned before, Oakley, the 400 year old Oak at the museum has dropped more acorns this season than anyone remembers ever being produced. Locals tell me that means a fierce winter.

I don't know about that, but I do know that keeping the back yard safe for visitors gets tricky when Oakley pummels them with acorns from above and leaves a carpet of rolling acorns below.

Collecting wheelbarrow loads does provide a nice study on "stages of the baby oak tree hatching process."

Seen here: With cap, without cap and a tiny split, split, sprouting, and sprung.

Thanks to Penny and David for saving these out to show us.

"Mighty oaks from little acorns grow."

Have you ever admired all the Obsidian that frames the door to go out and see Oakley?  How about the artifacts embedded ...
10/15/2019

Have you ever admired all the Obsidian that frames the door to go out and see Oakley? How about the artifacts embedded in the columns along with the rocks, such as the Native American bowl and pestle?

Did you know that the native cultures used Obsidian as money? Apparently sometimes when people find what they think are arrowheads, they might really have "coins" that were used in commerce.

Next time you visit the studios, be sure to bring a flashlight or borrow one from the basket by the door and get up close with the glowing rocks in the walls and columns, investigate the sometimes unnoticed trim work up high in the lobby (where else can you see scoria "crown molding"?), and throw a spotlight on the beautiful, glossy Obsidian.

https://geology.com/rocks/obsidian.shtml

Henry Wells Taylor brought his family out on the Oregon Trail in the small Hazelton wagon train in 1852 to settle in Cot...
10/12/2019

Henry Wells Taylor brought his family out on the Oregon Trail in the small Hazelton wagon train in 1852 to settle in Cottage Grove. 1852 was known as a treacherous year for the Trail. Many died, including two of the Taylor children.

Here is a handmade chair with a rawhide seat that sat in the wagon. It was made small, like a child's chair, to fit in the wagon, but was strong enough to hold adults riding.

Many more historic treasures can be seen in the Pioneer Window of the Living Rock Studios museum!

10/12/2019

Glad to report the website is back in business.

PSA: it is not advised to ever change emails associated with a website. It gets terribly confusing to the Powers That Be and it could take up to two weeks to convince them that all is well. Trying to explain that the Living Rock Studios owns itself was quite the little technological adventure!

10/07/2019

Apologies for the technical difficulties with our website while it is changed over to new hands. Keep checking our page here for info. It should be back up and running shortly.

10/07/2019

Special thanks to all the folks who came out to visit for our First Friday Family Fun Night.

We appreciate you all! And thanks to Lance and the Brownsville Times for your intelligent questions and interest in our studios!

Come back any time Wed-Sat 10-5, and don't miss our next Family Fun Night: Friday Nov 1.

Stay tuned for more announcements on what we have planned.

Oakley isn't just offering more acorns than anyone desires to have around but the squirrels.  After a fun walk full of m...
10/07/2019

Oakley isn't just offering more acorns than anyone desires to have around but the squirrels. After a fun walk full of mushroom spotting by the Luckiamute River, we came back to the Living Rock Studios to find these baby friends.

Almost microscopic, they were hiding in Oakley's moss. We discovered them while picking out some noxious weeds around Oakley's base.

Quite the opposite of microscopic discoveries, we also learned that Oregon hosts the world's largest organism out to the East! Still a mushroom, but... bigger than a blue whale? How can that be?

Take time to read about it here!

https://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/nature/the-worlds-largest-living-organism.aspx

Penny makes beautiful things from found objects.  Sometimes, like in this weaving, even from trash collected on the beac...
10/03/2019

Penny makes beautiful things from found objects. Sometimes, like in this weaving, even from trash collected on the beach. Here you see pieces of a tire, a kid's broken toy, a plastic net, and repurposed plastic bags, among other materials.

Check out this article on plarn- yarn made from pesky plastic bags!

https://imaginethat.org/stories/plastic-bags-make-a-great-diy-yarn-alternative/?fbclid=IwAR3SGXTrBP8lV1Hlvlct8tN6hBe9RWCm4cmt3Mw3GtVwk710xrVCagB30A0&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2F

Mary DeMuth
10/02/2019

Mary DeMuth

From the excellent @ct_mag article, “the Arbor of God” by Matthew Sleeth.

The cyclamen have taken over the back and Oakley the 400 year old Oak has rained down more acorns this year than anyone ...
10/01/2019

The cyclamen have taken over the back and Oakley the 400 year old Oak has rained down more acorns this year than anyone remembers ever being produced! Quite a carpet. But tread carefully... those acorns can trip up even the most sure footed!

09/30/2019
The Living Rock Studios

The Living Rock Studios

Do you work all day and miss coming to the Living Rock Studios during business hours? Well no worries!

You are invited to a NEW MONTHLY EVENT!

"FIRST FRIDAY FAMILY FUN!"
5:30-8:30 PM
Beginning this Friday, OCT 4

Bring your flashlights and dress for the weather!

thelivingrockstudios.org

09/30/2019

Do you work all day and miss coming to the Living Rock Studios during business hours? Well no worries!

You are invited to a NEW MONTHLY EVENT!

"FIRST FRIDAY FAMILY FUN!"
5:30-8:30 PM
Beginning this Friday, OCT 4

Bring your flashlights and dress for the weather!

thelivingrockstudios.org

Address

911 W Bishop Way
Brownsville, OR
97327

General information

When planning to visit the studios, there are a few things you need to know. The studios is made of over 800 tons of rock so it can be cold. Please bring warm layers to wear. The studios is wheelchair accessible! But the ground and walkways are uneven so please be careful. There are also many jagged edges so, if you have small children, do not let them run in the studios. This is for their own safety. While we do have flashlights available at the studios for your use, we request that you bring your own flashlights for each member of your group. There are a number of rock specimens that really light up!

Opening Hours

Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(541) 466-5814

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Stopped in passing through the area rockhounds temple
Thank you for the wonderful tour......so glad we stopped for a visit.