Archive for May 2009


May 30, 2009

There is a meme on facebook that I couldn’t resist taking part in.  This is not normal for me.  I’m not a big fan of spam, and try to avoid clogging the tubes that make up the internet — at least any more than the obvious.  Here’s what I posted:

Make Things – Pay It Forward:
Brave People Make Things

The first five (5) people to respond to this post will get something made by me.
This offer does have some restrictions and limitations so please read carefully:

1. I make no guarantees that you will like what I make. What you get is what you get.
2. What I create will be just for you, with love.
3. It’ll be done this year (2009).
4. I will not give you any clue what it’s going to be. It will be something made in the real world and not something cyber. It may be weird or beautiful. Or it may be monstrous and annoying. Heck, I might bake something for you and mail it to you. Who knows? Not you, that’s for sure!
5. I reserve the right to do something strange.
6. In return, all you need to do is post this text into a note of your own and make 5 things for the first 5 to respond to your note.
7. Send your mailing address if you don’t live close to me!

I’ve started working on my five things!  I don’t want to give anything away, yet, but let’s say that it does involve some stained jatoba.  I’m only working on one at the moment, but have several ideas.  When I get something more, I’ll post some pics.

Searching for inspirado

May 27, 2009

That’s what I’ve been doing.  Which in my world means that I’m waiting for a good idea to hit me. I took several pictures while in Chicago the last couple of weekends.  The question is whether any of these

almost-ideas will amount to anything.

These reminded me of the DC star.  Maybe a series someday?

These remind me of the DC star. Maybe a series someday?

Windows from the bar where we ate some dinner.

Windows from the bar where we ate some dinner.

Last weekend we were in the suburbs.  We toured Frank Lloyd Wright‘s home and studio.  We also wandered around Oak Park looking at some of Wright’s prairie inspired architecture.  The art glass is my current hope for inspirado.  I even purchased a book about it.

The studio and home

The studio and home

Arthur Heurtley House

Arthur Heurtley House

Unity Temple

Unity Temple

Light fixture from Unity Temple

Light fixture from Unity Temple

My apologies to Frank LLoyd Wright. My photography doesn’t do justice to his work.

Hoagy Carmichael

May 14, 2009

One of my ongoing projects is taking pictures of Hoagy Carmichael.  Yes, I realize he died in 1981, but a statue of him was placed near the stage door of IU Auditorium last fall.  He’s very popular.  People like to leave him things.  I like to think they are offerings to a legend as a way to ensure a good show for those about to perform.  I plan to take pictures of as many of these items that I can.

Hoagy see Showalter

Hoagy sees Showalter Fountain

From the Dedication

From the Dedication

Hoagy in his new spot

Hoagy in his new spot

Winter Hoagy

Winter Hoagy


What’s next?

May 10, 2009

As you may know, I’m between projects.  While I clean up my mess, I’m wondering what to work on next.  Can you help me decide?

The RBS base is done!

May 3, 2009

At least the tung oil portion is dry.  I’m leaving it up to Tom to put it all together.  If you don’t have any idea what RBS means check back here.  (Make sure you click around to see pics of work in progress.)

Finished with tung oil

The final work w/o the RBS

One view

One side

Another view

This might be my favorite angle

End point

The ending

More pics, more pics….

Last spiral

Last spiral from above

Another angle

Both circles and some wood grain

Looking back to the end point

What do you think?  I’d love to hear your thoughts!