So – some of you have put me on your buddy list and have followed some of the saga (sitcom) of my life. Others have no clue what the history is and probably don’t care. I’ll give a quick background just to set the background plot for the story.
I was engaged, that took it’s turn towards dissolving last summer. So where possible I’ve cleaned out most of the stories and pictures involving my ex. Unfortunately in newsletters that’s just history, it’s written and it’s articles documenting our story. At that time, our story included Teri; she’s moved on to pursue other interests and thus going forward she’s not going to be making any future appearances.
What’ll be interesting now is to see what our new shop girl can do. I found Dana back in August, we started dating and she expressed her desire to spend some time in the shop to work on some of her own projects and to learning some new skills. Dana is a bioengineer by trade, and she shows a lot of artistic prospect … I just need to see if we can keep her attention and interest.
Below are some photos of Dana’s first carving project – my father (Stanley) taught her to carve a gnome. She was a quick study and has moved on to some tiki’s and jewelry box projects. I’ll post a few more of those shortly; including some off the normal path projects such as the use of a Dremell to clean and polish feet and nails. I’ll also have to post a few pictures and maybe little blurb about whittling safety including some testimony from Dana on why it’s a bad idea to stick a skew into your wrist.
As this started in August – and it’s now approaching December, I figure it’s a good sign that she has not yet moved with no forwarding address, changed her phone number, or filed for a restraining order. In fact she seems to be marking her territory, there is now a new shower shelf containing a variety of mixtures and potions, she’s taking over more drawers, and her projects are often left in the shop to continue next time she’s over.
Well – on with life, let’s see how this all plays out!
Eric M. Saperstein
Artisans of the Valley
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