Building a Dinosaur

This morning I’m at my adopted parent’s* cabin and I hear breakfast being cooked in the kitchen, the banjo being played in the back room, and I’m watching snow drift down outside. Cricket, Bo, Liberty, and Zoey, the four dogs, are curled up around me sleeping; it’s an altogether peaceful feeling.  
I’m here this week to help work on a couple of dinosaurs that they’re making for the Ark Encounter. A few years back I helped build a dinosaur for the Creation Museum (and ruined a couple of outfits in the process), and I’m looking forward to digging into this kind of adventure again.  

Dad is an extremely talented artist. It’s clear that God has blessed him with a lot of artistic ability and then he’s spent years working on his craft and perfecting his skill. Watching how hard he works to make each one of his projects just right is fascinating.

Dad made most of the dinosaurs that are at the Creation Museum and he’s self-taught. When he began making dinosaur sculptures there weren’t other people in that type of business and so he had to figure out everything by trial and error. I feel honored to be able to learn by watching him.

I’m not very good at detailed work, nor would I consider myself a paleoartist by any stretch of the imagination, but I can help with little things such as mixing up the epoxy and getting different tools.

It’s so cool being able to try (or watch) new things, because I then have a bigger file tucked away in my brain of skills I can use in my writing. Hopefully I’ll someday write a second Creation Quest book that features building a dinosaur.

This is also a great time for me to be here so I can ask a lot of questions regarding music and performing and practicing to use in the music scenes for When Life Hands You Lymes. There’s nothing like being surrounded by instruments when writing about music.

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Have you ever been to the Creation Museum? It’s one of my favorite places in the world to go and I often spend several weeks there each year. 

*I’m leaving out the “adopted” for the rest of the post.

3 thoughts on “Building a Dinosaur

  1. Aidyl Ewoh says:

    Haha, you make me sound way more amazing than I really am. “Queen of the Caves” sounds like quite the amazing title. 🙂 Thanks! I really hope you and Elizabeth can come along again this year to the caves! 🙂


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