When I published the PUPPIES article, people asked me what “torch wipes” were.
I had no idea. Googling didn’t turn much up at the time.
But I kept thinking about it. Gentle readers, I am nothing if not concerned about you getting answers to all your questions.
Well, I just found out what torch wipes are.
I found this wonderful article by Elizabeth Dodd, director of the creative writing program at Kansas State University.
Ms. Dodd was fortunate enough to be invited to actually visit the cave of Chauvet in France. I envy her with all my heart. In a good way.
…At some point in time, other visitors to the cave marked their way with torch wipes, rubbing the burning surface to knock off ash and renew the flame—and perhaps if the way was unknown to them, to leave signs of the route back up and out….
So there you have it, folks. Torch wipes. Who knew??!!
And what will I do with that envy?
I will put it to good use.
I’m thinking it’s time for another trip to France, to visit the caves I can. I found other sites in Germany, sites that were the home of wonderful artifacts (including the oldest horse artifact ever discovered) that might be open to the public.
If anyone knows someone in the “cave art biz” (is there such a thing??) or someone who can pull strings in the French or German government, start pulling for me now!