April 1, 2016
Today I had the pleasure of visiting a woodworker friend of mine and taking a look at a beautiful coffee table he has made from a slab of Catalpa we milled a couple years ago. While talking with him I noticed some small pieces Doug Fir on his workbench and a larger board leaning against it. Upon further inspection I noticed this board had nice tight vertical grain. It suddenly came to mind that I’ve been collecting and saving wavy glass from old buildings in my area knowing I would someday use the glass for cabinets. Some sashes are still in my garage and others have been stripped of their glass that is stored safely in the studio.
I haven’t given the glass and the cabinets it will be used in much thought because I hadn’t seen any wood that I felt would pair well with the old glass, until today. This old vertical grain Fir is salvaged from bleachers of a Milwaukee County high school gymnasium. I’m sure the two together will make beautiful showcase cabinets and show some Wisconsin history as well.
March 19, 2016
Since Spring is just a day away I figured it’s time to post an update of what’s been going on in the studio. I’ve been focusing on the completion of a few cabinets I started over the last few years. As each is finished I will either list it for sale on Etsy or place in a gallery for sale. I’ve had good sales on smaller, less expensive items via Etsy in the past so I’m interested in the possibility of selling higher dollar items there. I know it’s done by others, it’s just a question of if it will work for me. I’ll keep you posted.
January 1, 2016
It’s hard to believe a full year has passed since my last post. I guess sometimes things just don’t go the way we hope or plan. This was the case for me in 2015, I’ll briefly explain.
I wasn’t able to focus on new work coming from the studio because I became far to involved with milling lumber for myself , clients and a local tree company. Milling for the local tree company became more involved than expected and I soon took on more duties. Doing this took away time that should have been spent in the studio but it was a somewhat steady paycheck so I carried on. This went on until the Fall when I decided to take a break from milling all together. It’s doubtful I will travel down the milling road again, I had my fill.
It was about this same time that I learned my mother has stage 4 cancer. Since you can imagine how this can affect one’s life I won’t go into detail explaining. Thankfully she is doing well and still with us & fighting. Sadly though I just lost a friend to the same terrible c word. I also need to mention that I just turned 50 in November and realized my own mortality. To sum things up 2015 has been an awful year financially & personally but it has shown me how short life is and how quickly it can pass you by. It’s time to start making changes, better decisions and get back into the studio.
Here’s a toast to a better year ahead!