Cruisin’ at Light Speed
Hey everybody! I’m excited to be rejoining all my all friends here on LJ and I see we have some new friends too. That’s really exciting. I just got hooked up with HS internet with no contract for the duration of my stay in Ohio. I no longer have to drive 42 or 50 miles round trip to get online.
Still Hangin’ in Ohio-
I’m still in Ohio and will be for at least the next couple of months. I miss my wife, my dogs, my shop, my mountains …...
Exciting New Projects-
I am working on a collaborative effort with another artist on the Cooper Residence. They have been my biggest fans, best customers, and biggest supporters. They are great to work for, very nice people. They truly were my big break. For the newcomers to LJ you can see the previous work that I have done for them in my projects section.
The artist I am working with does metal relief sculptures and does wonderful work. Like me she does not have a website yet. Her name is Kathy Lapso and she does art shows and that keeps her really busy.
Big Changes at LumberJocks!
Wow! LJ has some great new features. I will have to check them out over the next few days. Martin and the crew has obviously been working hard and I thank them. I really appreciate the talent and vision that they have. I Love You Guys (wiping a tear from my eye).
I also need to get caught up on the projects that everybody has posted.
Lots of Work Ahead-
I have a lot of work to do to get ready for the Western Design Conference to be held in September. I am so excited to get in, this is my first show and I have to make a good impression. I have already reserved my show space and hotel room.
I have a piece in mind and will be showing only one. This is all that I have time for and in this show it is normal for the juried artists to show one piece only on a gallery stand. Artists may rent more space and show more pieces but I don’t have time for anything of that magnitude for this go-round.
Great Piles of Wood!
I have already been shopping for materials. Ohio has some fantastic material that is selectively logged all around me. In Billings, MT it is all shipped in bunkloads and is really for cabinet shops and does not have all the spectacular grain patterns that set a project above the rest. So really, I am in the best place to get material for the big show.
I have seen some of the most fantastic material but nothing that I need and I had to resist the temptation to buy it. I can drop a lot of money on wood pretty quick here in Ohio, but I need to focus my resources on the WDC.
That is all for now. It is getting late, had a long day, and will catch up more later. I hope to be able to figure out how to get pictures in the blog. In the past I have burned up a lot of time without any success. Very frustrating.
Your LJ Friend – Todd
-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com