Watchmaking. Paleography. Crystal Synthesis. Mud Ball Polishing.
Welcome to the world of The Secret Arts, a new experience from Atlas Obscura that invites some of the world’s rarest experts and artisans to share the hidden knowledge of their singular craft. Each weekly edition of The Secret Arts features a different craftsperson in discussion with host Eric Grundhauser (Atlas Obscura), exploring some of the key lessons and discoveries they’ve made over the years, how you might try your hand at their unique skill, and answering your questions live! Join us, and take a step into the unknown realm of The Secret Arts!
Join us this week for our first musical edition of The Secret Arts as we welcome Natalia "The Saw Lady" Paruz! Natalia has spent more than two decades bringing the rare art form of playing music on a carpenter's saw to audiences around the world. Her playing can be heard on movie soundtracks such as HBO's The Jinx, Time Out of Mind with Richard Gere, Fox Searchlight's Another Earth, Dummy with Adrien Brody, and more! We'll be in discussion with Natalia, talking about the art of playing the saw, what makes it special, and how you can try it yourself!
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Host, Programming Lead, Atlas Obscura Experiences. Eric heads up Atlas Obscura's custom hosted experiences program, writing and designing experiences that bring Atlas Obscura's vision of wonder to life. He lives in Brooklyn with his comic book collection. His work has been featured on Slate, NPR, Vanity Fair, The AV Club, Motherboard, Smithsonian, and a bunch of other places where reasonable content is sold. He's fine.