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Blog series by dennis mitchell updated 09-10-2008 12:16 AM 3 parts 4048 reads 38 comments total

Part 1: Barn swallows come to visit

07-19-2008 09:41 PM by dennis mitchell | 7 comments »

Somethings just make the hair on my arms stand up. My mind is in a creative whirlpool. I’m working on the piece I’m bringing to the Western Design Conference this year. It’s a Willow twigged, Purple Hearted, Cherry creation (desk and chair) and I’m surrounded by drawings of songbirds. I’m trying to add a field book style drawing to this desk and it just isn’t quite right. This is just adding to that sense of failure that has been following me like a cloud. ...

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Part 2: swallows revisited

08-01-2008 03:35 AM by dennis mitchell | 17 comments »

My swallows came to visit this morning, so I thought I could show off a sneak preview of what they inspired. In my last blog I talked about them visiting my shop and me changing my design to honor that occasion. This is a cherry carving painted with acrylics on a purple heart back ground. This is the drawer face.This is part of the chair back.

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Part 3: Swallows at the Western design Conference 2008

09-10-2008 12:16 AM by dennis mitchell | 14 comments »

The Teton Range is the backdrop for the 2008 Western Design Conference in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.I can see why the fur trappers gathered here for rondevu. What a great place for a gathering of craftsmen and artist. One of whom happens to be sporting a fancy Lumberjock tee shirt.Setting up I’m amazed at the quality of work I’m seeing. (and a bit intimidated) This is a world class collection of craftsmen. That night I get to go to an artist reception at the National Museum of Wildlif...

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