Saturday, October 30, 2010

Tales of the unexpected:part two

Ended up spending a week in Washington County Hospital (yuk)  Got home two days ago.  Needless to say our wedding is rescheduled.  The happy event will now be on November 20th.

I got health insurance (through my employer) last January, imagine if this had all  happened prior to then...

and this is just for the prescription.



Monday, October 25, 2010

Tales of the unexpected

Hospitals are filled with people who didn't expect to be there.  For the past four days, I've been one of them.

Staying optimistic (with a nasty knee infection)

This Sunday's bridegroom-to-be


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Speaking of Lucky...

Ran across this 2009 cartoon in the search for something else.

(click on it)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Art + maple = flaky crust

Here's a humbling reminder from the shop that wood does, in fact, grow on trees.

Early this spring my brother gave me an assortment of two-inch limbs he'd trimmed from a maple tree.  I cut them into usable lengths, waxed the ends (to prevent checking), stored them in a dry place to wait until the moisture  left them.

Along comes my friend Alann who asked me to make a rolling pin for his mother's birthday, and out came the maple, off came the wax, and into the lathe went this nice 18-incher.

This piece locked up really nicely.  It was a really clean piece that turned like a dream.

Maple has a distinctively sweet smell as you turn it.

Starting at a 60 grit and ending up at a 220 grit, it sanded up nicely.

Dowels await the turning of a pair of cherry handles.

Finished, with an "old school" tattoo design, this rolling pin is destined for a collection rather than a kitchen drawer.  I'm still hoping though, for a slice of apple pie.