Earl Collection

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For more than half a century, Jean and Phillip Earl of Reno used clues from old maps, letters, and books to hunt for and document these arborglyphs carved into aspen trees found in the high-country meadows of the Great Basin and the Sierra Nevada.  Jean Earl evolved a unique method of preserving the carvings using muslin and black wax to create rubbings, two-dimensional representations of the carvings that are works of art themselves, eventually assembling over 130 wax-on-muslin rubbings made directly from the carvings. 

The Basque Library is part of the Arborglyph Collaborative, a tri-state academic partnership geared towards documenting and sharing Basque arborglyphs.

Learn about the Arborglyph Collaborative