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Blog entry by Blake posted 03-04-2012 11:47 PM 5195 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone,

Just wanted to check in and say hi… its been a while.

I don’t get a chance to do much woodworking lately. I am currently living in small apartment that is about 25 minutes away from my small shop (which is back at my grandparent’s property). So its not very convenient to get up there and work. It seems like if its going to be worth my time I usually plan to be there for most of the day.

And I just haven’t devoted much time to it lately because I am busting my ass at work taking every overtime shift I can get… trying to save up for a house… so we will have room for the BABY... which is due in August.

HOWEVER, I do have a creative outlet to keep me sane lately. I have been taking advantage of the fact that our little abode is only about 100 yards from the beach in beautiful Santa Cruz, California. I bought a new camera and got back into an even older passion of mine: photography.

I am loving it and taking a ton of photos lately. Its a little less time consuming for my crazy life right now. I can just walk or ride my bike to the beach and snap a few photos and come back home to be with my wife for dinner. Or I can take it with us when we spend time together.

So a little less woodworking for now but life is good. As for the shop, as soon as I can scrape together a down payment, I plan on buying a garage… if there is a house attached for my family to live in that will be a bonus. But having my shop at HOME will be a luxury. And I won’t disappoint you. I will be sure to trick it out and get back to building furniture… with my new baby. He/she (it?) will probably learn how to use a table saw by September.

Anyway, here is the new website, which combines the woodworking and photography (I had two sites for a while).

http://www.blakeweber.us/

Feedback as always is appreciated. I know some purists won’t like the fact that they are combined. But its not really a business, its more of a gallery. I make a little money from it sometimes but barely enough to support the habit… which by the way, if you would like to help with that, you can BUY prints right from my website :) They are printed by a very high end print shop which is actually local to Santa Cruz, but shipped directly to you.

And oh yeah, I still check Lumberjocks almost EVERY DAY and take the time to comment on my favorite projects, and you guys are still a huge inspiration.

Happy Woodworking!
-Blake

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com



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Bagtown

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#1 posted 03-05-2012 12:02 AM

Some great shots Blake.

mike

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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SPalm

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#2 posted 03-05-2012 12:03 AM

Hey Blake, nice seeing you again.
Nice photos. Really nice.

And a baby too! Don’t worry, you will have lots of time to spend in the shop now – Not. But it will be the coolest thing in your life. Kids are what it is all about.

Enjoy. Thanks for keeping tabs,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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BarbS

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#3 posted 03-05-2012 12:16 AM

Beautiful work, Blake. And I like your crane in the sea foam, and all the others. Your woodwork is amazing. Keep posting!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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Ben

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#4 posted 03-05-2012 12:20 AM

Beautiful prints and projects, really great stuff. Maybe you could offer to custom frame your prints. That could make you some extra cash and personalize your work that much more

-- Welcome to downtown Coolsville, Population: US! --Hogarth Hughes

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#5 posted 03-05-2012 12:32 AM

Those babies always seem to need more space, I know what you mean, it happened to me 5 times over the years

-- Norman

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#6 posted 03-05-2012 12:34 AM

Blake beautiful work. It looks like you are multi-talented.

Good luck in selling everything that you create.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#7 posted 03-05-2012 01:47 AM

good to hear from you.
Beautiful photos!!!

we have some photo postings on occasion… you should add a photo once and a while :)
here are some non-shop talk forums tagged as tipdp (tree inspired photograph.. something or other haha)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#8 posted 03-05-2012 03:54 AM

Wow Blake. You are an amazing artist no matter what the medium.

-Bryan

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#9 posted 03-05-2012 04:34 AM

Good to hear from you Blake ,congrats on the little one on the way. Fantastic shots.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#10 posted 03-05-2012 08:21 AM

Beautiful pictures Blake, you sure got talent there also.
Nice to hear from you.
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Roger

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#11 posted 03-05-2012 01:08 PM

very beautiful pics, and projects. don’ keep all those artistic talents you have, suppressed too long. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#12 posted 03-05-2012 02:40 PM

Love the website Blake. I wish you lived here so you could photogragh my work.
Your camera makes your woodworking look even better!

Congratulations on the new baby.

-- She thought I hung the moon--now she just thinks I did it wrong

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#13 posted 03-07-2012 03:25 PM

Your photos are beautiful & your furniture all very nice. Congratulations on the baby. Watching a child grow up is an amazing experience. We are going to have our first grandchild in June. All the best to you & your wife.

-- http://www.guarinofurnituredesigns.com/

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#14 posted 03-16-2012 11:18 PM

omg blake….beautiful shots ..crisp focus beautiful color WOW !!! you process your own color photos I used to process my b&ws but never color …what new camera did you buy

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#15 posted 03-20-2012 12:36 AM

Alll I can say Blake is: “ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC” !!!!

Yes indeed, your are for sure a true artist / artisian / master !

Funny but photography is my second hobby as well, but I can’t come close to what you have presented on your website. Very, very nice indeed!

Canon 7d
Canon 24-105 L
Canon 70-200 L
etc. etc. etc….

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks, http://majesticeagleww.etsy.com/, http://www.flickr.com/photos/majesticeagle/

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