18. Textures I: Scrape, Squeeze, or Rub.

Floydiana has appreciated Floyd County’s texture in the metaphorical sense of a social fabric. But the area has many literal ones. Many of these are agricultural: the hide of a cow, the fibers of a straw-bale, the fabric of bib-overalls, …. Texture may be fundamentally tactile–i.e., perceived by nerves in the skin or tongue. Skin of the fingers, for example, easily distinguish between a steel and nylon guitar string, and the tongue knows grits from meal. Texture can also be sensed indirectly by kinesthesis, as when the foot gives in a pile of manure or registers no friction on ice.

The senses are a symphony orchestra that directs the conductor. Even the ears can help define a texture. I explored this phenomenon by holding a mug fashioned by Jayn Avery, first rubbing a smooth part and causing a squeak, then with a fingernail rubbing the textured lace/cloth imprint and evoking dullness. Of course the eyes, ever vital, both reveal and infer texture by registering its shape, depth and color.

Here are photographs of animal, vegetable, and mineral textures that characterize Floyd County, Virginia. Some subjects are natural, others man-made, others both (i.e., domesticated animals). In a some images texture will overlap with pattern, a similar but less tactile word. May each photograph invite your fingers to reach out and scrape, squeeze, or rub. 


water tower

Funky defunct, Floyd. Demolished May 2014.

Wall on Barberry 640

Wall on Barberry Rd. near Woods Gap Rd., Floyd.



Silo of Jacksonville Center.


sheep April 2014

          Fleeces along Bethlehem Church Rd.


mafic rock 480

Outcropping of mafic (likely), rich in magnesium and iron, on Stonewall Rd.


Lineberry Bldg rocks

Facing of Lineberry Building, N. Locust St., Floyd.


gravestone detail

Lid of sarcophagus (close-up), cemetery adjoining Hotel Floyd.


Dex trucks 1 640

     DEX Company, Volvo-truck-lot, Industrial Park (Christiansburg Pike).


car hood 640

Car hood pounded flatter after collision with deer.


bricks Farmers Supply

Masonry, Farmers’ Supply Corp., Main St. and Locust St., Floyd.


Black Water siding

Side of Notebooks/Blackwater Loft Building (100+ years old), S. Locust St., Floyd.


   Alluvial soil and cobble in valley near Goose Creek Run.


Inside wall of Pine Tavern Restaurant on Rt. 221 north.


Sycamore (by Fred First).

  Sycamore. Photo by Fred First.


Fur-felt hat by Teagan Dobkin, 2014.

Fur-felt hat by Teagan Dobkin. Courtesy Troika Gallery.


"Veiling" worn by Andrea, The Bread Basket, 2167 Webbs Mill Rd., 2014.

Menonnite “veiling” worn by Andrea at the Bread Basket, 2167 Webbs Mill Rd., 2014.


Coiffure and Michelle Neukirch, 2014.

   Coiffure and Michelle Neukirch, 2014.


Floyd County bedrock exposed and eroded by the Little River, decorated by leaves millions of years younger.

Floyd County bedrock–many-millioned, river-wrinkled.