Saturday, March 27, 2010

spring has sprung

Spring is officially here. I know this because I just spent several hundred dollars getting the seasonal equipment ready and functional. The lawn tractor has been tuned up (to the tune of $216) and my bicycle has also been tuned up (to another $128 tune). The golf clubs have their springtime shine. I have put away the winter jackets and gloves and hats and scarves.
The snow shovels are stashed back into a corner of the garage.

Each day of sunshine gets us closer to the trees budding and the daffodils and tulips pushing up. I love this time of year when everything is new again.

Of course just about the time we think we are deep into springtime and winter is but an unpleasant memory, the inevitable spring snow storm will kick us back to reality. We have had big snows as late as May around this part of Wisconsin, so that nagging feeling that we aren’t quite out of the danger zone is lurking in the back of our minds.

But right now the sun is shining, the ground is soft, the smell of new growth is wafting from the grass and I refuse to let the possibility of a freak snow storm ruin the mood. I’m ready.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

prolific

I've had a very busy and prolific week in the shop. I figure anytime I can create a new piece each day, I'm doing very well. I think it helped that I had prepared a bunch of turning blanks from the slab of curly maple that has been drying on the floor of the shop for the past few months. It is very hard to resist a ready blank sitting on the workbench calling my name.
So here are some pictures of those pieces of curly maple blanks after the sawdust settled.









As usual there are more pictures of these pieces and many more here Or click on "gallery" on the sidebar.
I still have a big chunk of that curly maple so there will be many more turnings to come.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

from the shop

I have been spending a lot of good quality time in the shop over the dreary winter months. It seems crazy, but I almost wish that winter would last a bit longer just so I don't feel guilty about spending so much time satisfying my creative urges. Once the weather warms up, I spend a lot more time outside and a lot less time in the shop. So I feel like I need to get as much done now as I can. The golf course awaits and my bicycle is begging to go. That means less time for shopwork.

To prove that I've been as busy as I claim, here are a couple pictures of a shallow bowl I just completed. It is made from curly maple with a stripe of various woods. There are actually two more very similar bowls of different sizes that almost seem like a set, although that was not my intention. To see those other two bowls and a lot of other turnings I recently completed, click on "gallery" in the sidebar.



I have 8 or 9 more curly maple blanks prepared for turning just waiting to get on the lathe. I better get to work before the warm weather arrives.