While I was staying with Brenda and Alan Walker last weekend .. they live in Maaroom on the coast just outside Maryborough…You can see Fraser Island from their front gate… well I was there for the Wood Show… more on that coming up… as soon as I can edit the film I took…. anyway while I was there…. Alan brought out two wooden toys that I just had to share with you…The first is a car… with moving cams… the other is a pull along frog… ...
I am feeling quite a bit unsettled today. Sometimes it is when I am in between projects that I get like this. I also had some not-so-great news the other day and the scope of it is really sinking in. I guess it was the timing. If I were in the thick of things and pushing at this point, it wouldn’t give me as much time to think. Maybe that is why I like being pushed so hard or pushing myself. :) I did get a lot of work done yesterday. I finished the five new candle tray pattern...
I recieved a message from a buddy of mine, ashahidan this morning. He doesn’t know how much longer his pace maker will last. This is the message that I recieved form him. The cardiologist confirmed today that my heart pacemaker is dead after providing the necessary electrical pulses to my heart for ten years. He needs our prayers it keeps up until he can get the money to have it replaced.
Lately, everytime I go to the garage whether it be to get something, or work on something I tend to always come back with bruised/scratched shins. The garage is a somewhat of a mine field. It never really started as a workshop, so tools and machines just accumulated as they came with no order or planning and each one made it more and more stuffy and cramped. My wife just asked me ‘why don’t you take everything out and reorganize the place’.... hmm.. that means spending...
I used that lovely cedar resawn from the rotting fences for two sliding lid pencil boxes for my kids.Red oak ply for lids and bases.Danish oil finish on the boxes and my daughter stained her pencils to match. From this To these We did a little road trip into Seattle over the weekend and stayed in the University district. Right beside the hotel was Hardwick’s Hardware store. The place was sweet with tons of tools an such jammed into narrow aisles. I could have sp...
Buenos Dias from the Land of Enchantment….......... Today marks the completion of my first year as a member of the LumberJocks community!!! .......and what a year it has been. Personally, I have struggled thru a second cancer related surgery, the followup tests, scans, and all the poking and prodding the medics deem necessary…......then the LOML was laid off and out of work for roughly 3 months….......so budget cuts were necessary and rice and beans became an everyday...
October 1, 2010 This morning, Rick and I headed to the wood show in Woodstock, Ontario. Earlier this week, Prez contacted me to plan a meeting at the show. Rick and I hadn’t been inside the door for a minute and I was greeted with a hello. We had a wonderful chat (then and later on in the day as well) (See that extraordinary piece of wood behind us? Oh how I’d love to have that hanging in my house.) AND what a surprise I got when Prez handed me a gift! As an avid reader t...
I already know that it is going to be a great day. I only realized last night that we will have an extra hour and that this is the weekend we change our clocks. I always loved that extra hour. Even when I was quite young I enjoyed the advantages of it. Apparently I was even busy as a child and had little trouble trying to fill it. I decided yesterday that I am going to proclaim a “jammy day” today. I ran my errands yesterday and have no reason whatsoever to leave the house...
So this is wood related – but spins to the personal story … I think it fits once you read through it’ll make sense! I’m really curious how the comments and feedback will go on this one!? Periodically I will allude to the fact that my life is often a sitcom – things happen that there’s no way I could script out or make up. I think Alice Cooper described his need to retire because he simply couldn’t compete with reality anymore in terms of strange and shocking events....
As a young Architect about fifty years ago, a seminar speaker surprised me with the statement that ‘within limits, light can substitute for sight’. Although the principle is obvious, I’d never thought about it quite that way, and it influenced my lighting design throughout my career. Many years later when I laid out the lighting for my shop, I used that principle along with good advice from an article in “Fine Woodworking’ magazine. My rather odd shaped shop with an area of 530 square fe...
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