Cropping

Tuesday was a full day of work, from cropping the image, enlarging, mounting to 2 thin sheets of plywood, drilling, and many hours of cutting. Last night Dave and I talked quite a bit about how to make the image stronger from a distance. That’s been my biggest concern with taking hand-cut paper into aContinue reading “Cropping”

Casing the Rings

  Slowly it’s coming together. A bit more fidgeting required to accommodate the cut tree ring panel.  I’m so glad to have the bench router as part of the tool collection. It worked like magic once I figured out how to use it. Hopefully the cases will be glued up and dry by Sunday afternoon.Continue reading “Casing the Rings”

Monday Skeleton

Happy Monday! Look what I found today. Yes, it might be considered gruesome but I find it fascinating. The little creature died last fall and decomposed over the winter next to the house. This morning I happened to be attaching the garden hose and found it. Quite a nifty decomposition! One front leg is missing alongContinue reading “Monday Skeleton”

Wood

The last couple of days have been spent, in part, hanging out with the cats and woodworking tools in the garage. The lamp base numbers have dwindled to zero and that means someone (ME) has to get busy.  I purchased a couple of 6ft hemlock boards to create bases. After the initial cuts, I hadContinue reading “Wood”

Albany Garden Tour

Saturday was a most glorious day for a garden tour. Warm! Up into the low 80’s! Needless to say I was a bit more enthusiastic with the photos at the beginning than later on. 7 stops total, but our group skipped the one closest to our house because we already know the setting. We startedContinue reading “Albany Garden Tour”

Portal Project: Specimen 379 almost complete!

A foggy grey day has greeted us on 11.11.11 here in the Willamette Valley. Not terribly surprising since it was so foggy last night on the dog walk (but under the full moon light!). This morning I plugged in the sculpture to enjoy it’s glow while sipping a cup of tea & listening to Debussy.Continue reading “Portal Project: Specimen 379 almost complete!”

Portals Project: day 2

So, I’ve reached a break in the day and thought progress photos were called for. Plus my fingers hurt from wire work! Here is today’s progression: Finished attaching 16g wire to staples and started stringing 22g across surface. Tunnel starts… 3 tunnels attached… Now I have to figure out how many total to create andContinue reading “Portals Project: day 2”

Moving towards new products…

Woodworking is a love/hate relationship at my studio. I need to create using wood in order to help display other works, but really lack confidence and tool know how. My father is a good wood crafter, producing furniture, building houses & cabinetry, but I have not yet taken advantage of his knowledge (and he’s 84Continue reading “Moving towards new products…”

Birdhouse project: step 2

“Where Birds Dream…” birdhouse project update Yesterday was definitely an unproductive day. However Tuesday and today have been quite good. This is where I’m up to: After finishing the foam core model, I shifted into creating frames from spruce. For the previous lamp/luminaria, the frames were constructed using balsa wood. Easy to cut, very lightContinue reading “Birdhouse project: step 2”