I’ve been rushing to meet some project deadlines.
I lost an entire day yesterday, what with the water related crisis and sleep deprivation (More on that later).
So tonight instead of writing I was out in the shop finishing up those projects.
First, three more of those bear statues I do for the Air Force. These were a rush job – but aren’t they all? It normally takes me a week or so to make one, in this case they needed three.
You’ll notice the urn in the above picture – that’s custom made for a nice lady who has been waiting patiently for me to finish it. It’s made from spalted Alaskan Birch and rosewood. You’ll also notice the pens. The next picture is a close up of those.
A lot of turners make pens, some only make pens.
In fact, I’ve never turned pens before. But one of the places I buy turning supplies from in Anchorage had a bunch of pen kits on sale last week and I thought I’d give it a try. A pen kit is the metal hardware and the ink cartridge, you supply the wood for the barrel. I never throw wood scrap away and have plenty of interesting stuff to turn pens from. Turns out that making pens is a lot of fun, I turned each of these while waiting for the finish on the bear statues to dry.
And this last picture is a pair of coffee cups I turned for my dad for Father’s day, made from walnut and butternut. I really like how those came out. The dish is a square turned piece of quilted maple.
That’s it for tonight, folks. I’m beat, I’m going to bed.