The Cat Mountain Lodge Labyrinth

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Lots of new items have been cropping up around Cat Mountain Station lately. The most recent project that has been completed is the Cat Mountain Lodge Labyrinth. In Greek mythology, the Labyrinth was an elaborate structure designed and built to hold the Minotaur that was eventually killed by the hero,  Theseus. It is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness, and a journey into a labyrinth promotes a physchological and spiritual transformation and meditation.

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It is a 6 circuit, left-handed classical labyrinth. Designed by our landscape architect, Doug Larson, the labyrinth is shaped as a turtle in honor of the resident tortoise, Juan Wayne.

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We started construction 8 weeks ago. After selecting the physical location, Doug graded the land to make it as even as possible.

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All the materials used to make this labyrinth were locally sourced from quarries and the local desert. The laybryinth was designed to look like it fits in with the surrounding nature, yet is also distinctive. The most distinctive part is the finishing touch: the turtle statue with a bright blue gazing ball shell.

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We hope that you come to Cat Mountain Lodge and enjoy our one-of-a-kind labyrinth!

Bakelite: A Love Story

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At Buffalo Trading Post, we get interesting things coming into the store on a daily basis. It’s truly a treasure hunter’s dream come true, and if you are into Bakelite, your dreams are about to become a reality. But first, a brief history:

-Patented in 1907 by Belgian-born chemist Leo Baekeland, Bakelite was originally used for its nonconductivity in electrical insulators,  radio and telephone casings, and such diverse products as kitchenware, pipe stems, and toys. It is known today as the first thermosetting plastic.

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Antique Bakelite items—from household appliances to jewelry—today are displayed in museums and sold for large sums. Their appeal to collectors may lie in Bakelite’s distinctive look, as well as the way they represent a particular era: a time when more and more consumers were able to take advantage of previously out-of-reach fashions and consumer goods.

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In honor of Bakelite and our love of it, Buffalo Trading Post is running a 20% off sale of all Bakelite items on Valentine’s Day! Come pick out the perfect pieces for your collection, or start your very own collection.