In one photo you will see a Kentucky red agate that I dug in situ with my friend Richard "Dick" Cackling. I found this particular agate almost 40 years ago and over the years following found several hundred Kentucky Red Agates; many wound up in museums such as The Smithsonian and also The Cincinnati Museum Of Natural History. This is the rariest and most valuable agate in the world and considered the most beautiful. This agate was used in my second novel, NEFARIOUS; in that book the nefartious Judge Quinn attempts to bribe Ed Hawkins to come back to Estill County and be his crooked judge with this very agate; as you might be able to see it owns the outline of a drunken buzzard's head. The other photo is that of a stained glass window that I had made almost 40 years by my classmate, Danny Stamper's daughter. This stained glass window is also used in my book NEFARIOUS as it is a giant window located in the cathouse that Ed and his Uncle Moses pay a visit to on his thirteenth birthday. In this scene in the window you will note the famous mountain in Irvine, Kentucky, Sweet Lick Knob that is in the background. In the front you see my wife, Chesteen and my daughter, Nancy emerging from a moonlight night on the Kentucky Rver. And in Chestreen's hand is a Kentucky red agate that I found and had cut and sliced and polished.
"Here is photo I took of three of my Kentucky Red Agated. The large beautiful one is the last one that I ever dug with Dick Cackling. It has a very unusal chevron pattern as you can note. The other agate is uncut and unpolished and came from a different area of Estill County than most of the other red agates that I found on Middle Fork."