Matthew David Grimes, the artist, my son, has returned to Iquitos.
It doesn’t get much better than when family or friends come to visit me in Iquitos. I’m happy my son Matt is back for his 4th visit and he is happy to be here again. All together Matt has lived for over a year in Iquitos. He knows his way around, and has made several friends. By tomorrow I expect he will walk to the Belen market and we will be drinking fresh squeezed camu-camu juice. I hope so…
Matt is a talented artist, sculpture, carver, and blogger, among other disciplines. While he was gone, we accumulated a big sack full of tagua nuts and two other sacks full of pieces of tropical hardwoods and saved them in our storage room. When he arrived and discovered those sacks of treasure, he immediately began to unpack his chisels and knives. You can see some of his work at this link; Carving Tagua Nuts, The Vegetable Ivory; and at The Matthew Grimes Blog.
Bill Grimes is president of Dawn on the Amazon.