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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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

09/06/2019

The fiber art show will be going on until the end of September. Many of Penny's hand woven works are on display and some for sale. Weaving and hand spinning demonstrations on request.

07/19/2019

The month of August at the Living Rock Studios is "Fiber Fun Month." All sorts of fiber art will be on display, including Penny's weavings, hand spun yarn, and other fiber creations. Weaving and spinning will be demonstrated. Come and learn and see.

07/19/2019

Saturday, July 20 is the "Great Brownsville (OR) city wide Garage sale." The Studios is participating. Sale items include some antiques, cool stuff, stuff and cheap stuff. Come stop by. We're on the west side of Brownsville at the city limits sign.

06/24/2019

Pioneer Picnic is over and done with. Now back to normal. The Living Rock Studios are still open Wednesday through Saturday 10-5. Groups are welcome, but please give us a call and let us know you're coming. And as summer progresses,
remember it's COOL INSIDE! Come tour a place "Unique in the world," in the cool.

05/16/2019

Due to miscellaneous scheduling, The Living Rock Studios will be open Saturday May 18th from 1:00 PM until 5:00 PM. This is May 18th only. See you all around.

05/06/2019

Brownsville's "Carriage Me Back Days" is over and done for another year. The Living Rock Studios is still open Wednesday through Saturday 10-5. We have on display a few glimpses of life from 1850 forward. Come and visit. Visitors from all over the world say it is "unique in the world."

05/02/2019

Carriage Me Back Days is coming this weekend, May 4th & 5th here in Brownsville, Oregon. Residents of the town will be dressed representing residents of 1888. The Living Rock Studios will be open Saturday 10:00 to 5:00 the 4th and we'll be wearing outfits representing 1888. Historic family memorablia from the years near 1888 will be on display at The Studios. Carriage rides will be available in downtown Brownsville. See you Saturday.

Living Rock Sudios' regular hours are 10-5 Wednesday through Saturday.

03/26/2019

Event in progress-LENTEN FAITH WALKS until Easter during regular business hours.

Also! A work party!
April 6th 8:00 AM until noon. Come when you can and stay later if you wish. (Bring a lunch)
Rain or shine so dress for the weather.
We'll be doing things like: invasive species removal; moving and washing rocks; yard work like weeding, mowing, hauling brush; painting prep work; window and show case cleaning and dusting.
Bring your favorite tool for what you do best.
Families are welcome, but please, no unsupervised children.
This is a work day-safety first!

02/28/2019

The Living Rock Studios is open today, February 28th. Come and see the Living Rock Pictures, dozens of hand painted birds and ROCKS!
p.s. the roads are bare and wet leading into Brownsville and we've shoveled and de-iced the sidewalk.

02/06/2019

Coming February 7th and 14th, The Living Rock Studios will be open from 10 AM to 8PM for a family fun night. There will be a treasure hunt, the prize being a fossil. There will also be tours, special rock sales. We're looking forward to seeing you here.

02/02/2019

The Living Rock Studios is open! 10:00 to 5:00 with special family fun nights on February 7th and 14th. Those nights we'll be open until 8:00 PM. Two opportunities for those who work days and can't normally visit us, to come and visit us. Remember to dress warm and bring a flashlight.

01/22/2019

Want to help at The Living Rock Studios by giving of your time? We can always uses help.
What are your interest and skills?
Do you have a group or family?
Inside work or out?
Call 541-270-1181 for assignments and dates.

01/14/2019

Thank you for the continuing support of The Living Rock Studios. Nancy is getting better. The Studios will be open at least through January with Nancy's sister giving tours and her husband helping out.

01/02/2019

The Living took Studios IS OPEN. At least January 2 through Saturday January 5. 10:00 to 5:00 as usual. Updates as we get them. For more information call 541-270-1181.

12/28/2018

Please keep The Living Rock Studios in your prayers. We will be closed until after the holidays. If you'd like to make a reservation for a tour in 2019, call 541-270-1181. Happy New Year and may God bless you.

09/30/2018

Fiber Art Show and Sale Fundraiser, 'Threads in Time' is on for just two more week. Fiber art of many kinds, styles, designs, much for sale, many on display. Join us on October 13th for the 33rd anniversary celebration of The Loving Rock Studios.

"Threads In Time," a fiber fundraiser at the Living Rock Studios in Brownsville, Oregon. Fiber art on display and sale f...
08/01/2018

"Threads In Time," a fiber fundraiser at the Living Rock Studios in Brownsville, Oregon. Fiber art on display and sale from August 1st to October 13th, The Living Rock Studios 33rd anniversary.
FIBER Art!? Weaving, spinning knitting, tatting, some felting, embroidery, antique quilts and crochet. Maybe fiber art you've never heard about or seen. All will be on display, some will be demonstrated, some are on sale. Come, learn and see at the Living Rock Studios.
Enjoy the 450 square foot fiber art canopy for the two story petrified wood tree. It is one of the largest fiber art in Oregon.
Call for group tours or teaching demonstrations and hands on fun for all ages. Qulters, spinners, lace makers, knitting groups, Oakley provides good shade. But bring your own projects and chair. Oh, please let us know you're coming at 541-466-5814.
Threads are a common element in our family. Historic family pieces will be on display. Others will be for sale. "I first learned to love fiber arts from my mother, Faye Taylor and my grandmother," Penny.

06/30/2018

Rocks on sale by the pound! Beginning July 4th through the 28th, rocks which have been languishing in hidden buckets and boxes are coming out into the open. These are Oregon agates, petrified wood, a few chrystals. The price? Beginning at $5.00 per pound, you haul. B.Y.O.B, bring your own bags, buckets or boxes.

Spent the day at the OceaNetwork (Oregon Christian Education Network)  conference plugging The Living Rock Studios as a ...
06/23/2018

Spent the day at the OceaNetwork (Oregon Christian Education Network) conference plugging The Living Rock Studios as a really fine field trip for a group of homeschoolers and/or families. If you're home schooling or are considering it, hurry to the Linn County Expo Center in Albany today. We'll be there again today.

06/18/2018

OCEANetwork, a Christian home school group is hosting a conference at the Linn County Fair grounds. The Living Rock Studios will be there, plugging The Studios as a really special place to visit and learn. The conference runs Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23. It will be a great show.

A new banner out on the studios! Looks great! Come check it out.
06/18/2018

A new banner out on the studios! Looks great! Come check it out.

Thanks and praises. 'Oakley', the 375 year old white oak tree now has all three 'crutches' in place as of 1:45 PM, Satur...
05/13/2018

Thanks and praises. 'Oakley', the 375 year old white oak tree now has all three 'crutches' in place as of 1:45 PM, Saturday, May 12, 2018. Thank you for your prayers.

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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