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Project by Dan Lyke posted 338 days ago 852 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This spring has been rough. Among other challenges, last year we bought non-refundable plane tickets for a vacation over Charlene's spring break, and then this winter interest rates plummeted, and we decided to refinance. But, of course, before refinancing we wanted to do everything we possibly could to eek every penny out of the appraisal, which somehow escalated into a whole bunch of repair work and re-painting the inside of the house.

Which our awesome contractor, Carl Dreyer, finished while we were on vacation, but it also meant that we came home to a discombobulated house, were struggling to get all the shelves back in place and put that together and get the refi started, then I went out and won the Bodega Bay Wooden Boat Challenge again, and somewhere in there we managed to fit in a day of square dancing on a float in the Sebastopol Apple Blossom Festival parade, running another session of 4H Junk Drawer Robotics, volunteering at the 4H ChickenQue, and…

Yeah, we were wiped. So this weekend was awesome. We had to do nothing. On Saturday evening we wandered downtown to see a movie, and after that finished sauntered around downtown Petaluma, looking in various galleries, and Riverfront Gallery had the work of a local woodworker. Charlene was looking at one of his boxes with a “I need to carry a few small things for work, I wonder if this could be worked into a bracelet.”

On Sunday afternoon I wandered into the workshop and was overwhelmed with possibilities. I ground a little bit off of a big redwood stump that we think would make a cool outdoor sculpture but haven’t managed to see the path through to that, I grabbed a piece of electrical wire and tried to bend it in to a butterfly, and then I started thinking about bracelets and bands.

So this is a prototype. Careful readers will note that the inlay in that lid was cut out of a the fret board from Daniel's guitar that I screwed up, I’m still working on how to get the lid to a nice friction fit, so I still need to set in some small magnets to act as a lid catch, and I’ll probably end up re-bending the loops for the band out of brass, with pliers that don’t leave marks.

But it was wonderful to spend a day in the shop, making sawdust, without pressure or direction. Need more of that.

Same content on my personal site.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke





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Sanding2day

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#1 posted 338 days ago

Cool concept… Yay to a day of relaxation in the shop… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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jakopo

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#2 posted 338 days ago

an amazing project great job

-- --Jakopo--

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 338 days ago

Very unique design!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!!

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Roger

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#4 posted 337 days ago

Very kool

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

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Napaman

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#5 posted 333 days ago

Dan…you have a great life! LOL—this great list of life’s activities…

(Based on: “Which our awesome contractor, Carl Dreyer, finished while we were on vacation, but it also meant that we came home to a discombobulated house, were struggling to get all the shelves back in place and put that together and get the refi started, then I went out and won the Bodega Bay Wooden Boat Challenge again, and somewhere in there we managed to fit in a day of square dancing on a float in the Sebastopol Apple Blossom Festival parade, running another session of 4H Junk Drawer Robotics, volunteering at the 4H ChickenQue, and…”

Hope to meet you sooon!

By the way—-nice bracelet—-I love the copper…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Dan Lyke

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#6 posted 332 days ago

Matt, just got back from a weekend of square dancing in Guerneville. Last night we stumbled into the hotel room, collapsed on the bed, and woke up three hours later to turn off the light. We stay busy.

You gonna be around the Bay Area on July 20th? The Petaluma Rivertown Revival festival is happening, and I’m going to build an Opti-like sailboat Wooden Boat Challenge style (mostly, I’m gonna cheat a few cuts and pre-do the layout and maybe the sail rig because of time constraints) during the day at Rivertown Revival, sail it in the art boat race that afternoon. We’ll make the build a party, but extra hands to hold things while we screw them up… uh… I mean together, is good…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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