Howdy From Big Sky Country!
I can finally say that since I got home Saturday night about 11:30. It was so great to see my wife, Rita, and my dogs.
I have been unloading and unpacking for only about half of the day the other half I spent going in the house to nap. I still will be a couple of days putting the shop back together and getting my life back in order here at home. It is great to be back in my own shop.
The images of the western country are just so easy on the eye to me. I just love the open country, mountains, and big sky.
LumberJocks Are Great!
I drove 15 hours a day for 2 days to get home. Omaha, Nebraska is exactly half way. I was excited to stop in Omaha and to meet one of the “Top Jocks” Douglas Bordner and his wife Pam. I also had the honor of a wonderful dinner, some great conversation, and an absolutely nice time. Doug (and Pam) is just as genuinely nice in person as on LJ.
I got to see his work in person too. That ought to make you guys really jealous – and you should be. He makes some nice pieces!
My favorite is his “Incense Box” that he has posted in his projects. (I would link you to it but my attempts are failing right now.) I just couldn’t help but cave in to my desire to touch his work. That sparked a conversation about the tactile experience that wood projects are, you can’t just look at them, you have to touch them.
His wife, Pam, is a talented artist too. I saw her practice board for pyrography. WOW! I think they need to do some collaborative work.
I have to admit at this point I am an idiot for having my digital camera packed away but Doug’s wife took a picture of us together. Maybe we can convince him to share.
Once again, thanks to Doug and Pam for making my rest stop a pleasure. I was able to drive the second leg of my journey well rested, fed, and energized from meeting a fellow LJ.
Peace, Love, and Woodworking
-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com