I'm the classic attention squirrel. The best thing you can do is put me in an area full of creative people. The worst thing you can do is put me in an area full of creative people. A few years back, I picked up an interest in chain maille, quite by accident. When you find … Continue reading Frog It
A year or so back, I wrote Bowl Part II first...kind of like Star Wars...beginning in the middle. Today, I go back in time to the beginning... Beginning with the collection of wood, you'll notice that most of my logs are ...well, logs! It is a little more work getting them into the truck when … Continue reading Bowl Part I
Once every year or so, I get approached to make something completely new. I generally say yes, once I've got a good understanding of the project. It always starts the same way... "Can you make...?" In general, I think 99% of the time is "Yes, I can make..." but the real question is can you … Continue reading Pricing Yourself
Dots are circles. This post will take you "full circle" through a month long genesis of ideas. It all started with this blue piece in the rear: Which started with this: Which led to this: And this: And then back to this: In between explorations, I've sawed tubes by hand and turned dowels and stones … Continue reading Consumed by Dots
"You wouldn't even know a diamond if you held it in your hand The things you think are useless I can't understand?" Reeling in the Years, Steely Dan I am a pack rat. And a lot of my friends know. They are enablers. "Hey Steve, I have a box full of ..." Not sure if … Continue reading One Man’s Trash…
Having been in the public as a demonstrator for at least the past 10 years, there's one comment that I hear all of the time that always grates on me. "I love the wood grain in this XXX" The person making it doesn't realize that this seemingly innocuous remark is like finger nails on the … Continue reading It’s All About the Wood?
Last summer, I went to my son and explained to him that he was hired as an apprentice at ForestLakesTreen. Having no idea what that meant, I told him "you'll be making stick shuttles for sale to the weaving market" "But I don't know anything at all about weaving? I don't even know what that … Continue reading Who Did You Make That for?
I like to know a little bit about everything. Recently, I bought some clay to begin experimenting with ceramics. I know almost nothing about ceramics, but I don't let that stop me. You can YouTube almost anything, and if you are competent at weeding out the crap, you can make yourself smarter. A couple of … Continue reading Anthropology in Craft
Spoiler Alert: The answer is more than the person in front of you. On the continuum of knowledge, we reach various peaks and plateaus where people start to ask us the famous "Would you/Could you?" question. When I first started learning to turn, there was a new platform emerging to help share knowledge: YouTube. Back … Continue reading How Much Do You Need to Know?
Another ray of sunshine coming your way... In the past month or so, I've seen the somber reality of the world of craft. Most of my friends in the various guilds and clubs that I belong to have been collecting Medicare a very long time. And that is not something that most people do very … Continue reading The Clean Out