July 10, 2007
Why Yesterday's Doo-Doo Is Today's Objet D'art
By David E. Petzal and Phil Bourjaily
Now I find on one of my favorite websites, knifeart.com, a folder with mosaic Damascus blade and handle scales made of coprolite. This is what's known as an art knife (as opposed to a using knife) and carries a price of $3,600. The fellow who made it is one John Gustaffson. Now if you've gotten your head around all that, your next question should be, what is coprolite?
I thought you'd never ask. Coprolite is the scientific term for a fossilized turd. That's right. Doo-doo. Ca-ca. Poo-poo. Something that, had you lived 10,000 years ago, you would have been glad not to step in. Coprolites are terrific sources of information on what ancient critters, including man, ate, and DNA can even be gotten out of them.
And now, highly polished, one is an integral part of a work of art. In the future, we may have to say, "Excuse me, I have to go take a knife handle."