Rugs, ropes and rivets.

What do you want? Need? Make? Sell? Buy? Whatever your answer is, the Silk Road’s oasis towns have a market with your name on it.

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The guy below? He’s making rivets out of tiny pieces of metal he has cut into triangles. He pushes one corner of the triangle into a hole in the mold he’s holding and bangs on it with that hammer. The corner becomes the shaft of the rivet and the rest of the triangle the head. And then he uses the rivets to finish one of the buckets you see sitting next to him.

And he was just across the street from the dentist, and right around the corner from the mule shoer. (Have I mentioned how much I love markets?)

Rivet maker

(Soundtrack to this and all Silk and Song market posts.)

HoZ Silk and Song final

Which I will be signing at 2pm on December 2nd

at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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It’s a deal.

It's a deal - Kashgar

In the Kashgar livestock market. The guy in the tall hat is the broker, the guys on either side the seller and buyer. The tallest guy is always the broker, we were told. And evidently, if they aren’t tall enough the hat can make up the difference.

HoZ Silk and Song final

Which I will be signing at 2pm on December 2nd

at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Click here to pre-order.

Once you get in, you’ll never get out.

Teklamakan 1

The Taklamakan Desert.

Some sources claim it means “Place of No Return”, more commonly interpreted as “once you get in, you’ll never get out.”

Teklamakan 2

And you can see why.

Teklamakan 3

 

HoZ Silk and Song final

Which I will be signing at 2pm on December 2nd

at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Click here to pre-order.

It’s all about product placement on the Silk Road.

Coal and stovepipes copy

Coal and stovepipes in the Kuche market. Hey, buy one, gotta buy the other.

HoZ Silk and Song final

Which I will be signing at 2pm on December 2nd

at the Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Click here to pre-order.