Apologies for the hiatus.
I’ve been ill. Nothing serious, just a horrible head cold. I can’t write when the inside of my head itches, if you know what I mean.
In the mean time, a number of you have written asking about the woodwork I do and if it might be for sale.
It is, periodically.
You can find the stuff I make for sale on the Stonekettle Station Etsy Store.
A whole bunch of new stuff was just uploaded. And remember, every penny you spend there goes to a good cause. Mostly keeping me in cough drops, but I can’t think of a better cause than that at the moment.
Get well! Have missed your posts. Have also provided links to your posts on my FB page and in a couple local message boards here in CO.ReplyDelete
My husband wants to know if your beautiful bowls come pre-filled with well written sarcasm.ReplyDelete
I'm sure Jim takes care of that...Delete
Get better sooner...you need that white lightning stuff they used to dispense out of sickbay when I was shipboard. But a hot buttered rum would taste better and probably have a lower overall proof rating. Take care, shipmate!
Old Navy Comm
PS Thanks for the Etsy link to your handiwork...good to have a way to support you since you don't yet charge for access to Stonekettle Station! ;-)
Old. Navy Comm O......darned iPadDelete
Anyway, Jim, get better soon
Old Navy Comm O
PS check you Etsy messages
Already sent you a reply, CommoDelete
Thanks for the Etsy link... bookmarked. Get well.ReplyDelete
Thank you for the link also. Now I have somewhere to shop that I can feel good about.ReplyDelete
The Teeming Masses (Thank you, Cecil Adams.) that constitute your devoted readership all wish you well. Enough with the head cold already. Feel better, wouldya?
You do some really nice wood work.ReplyDelete
Due to: a drought, an ice storm, another drought, the local REA poisoning..and more drought, I have a 40 year old elm tree that just plopped over..
The trunk is a good 4 feet around, and I am trying to figure out how to best utilize the wood. Have you ever worked with elm?
Given its size, I was thinking maybe a few table tops might be possible, or even a chair or two. Does elm work for these kind of projects? I have read they used to be used as ship keels..and coffins..but I hopefully wont be really needing either one of those in the near future.
The best use for elm is to cut it up into the largest blocks possible given its circumference, seal and wax the wood, and then ship it to your favorite woodworker/political blogger in Alaska...Delete
Kidding aside, elm is beautiful wood, you'll need to slab it out, sticker it (stack the pieces with air space in between) and let it dry (about one year per inch of thickness, covered)(or get it kiln dried if you have a local mill with a kiln and reasonable fees). Table tops are always a good choice. Bar tops. Cabinet faces. Turning blanks.
Hah..thanks! I was torn between trying to get some good long pieces by trying to cut the trunk length wise or just making a bunch of 4 ft around slabs out of it. I think I am going to go with the later.Delete
The tree has really been dead for almost a year, but I guess I have to barn cure it some more once I cut it up. Unfortunately, this being the great plains of nowhere, there are no local kilns since there are hardly any trees.
My place is ..or was.. kind of little forest oasis amongst the cotton fields. There are a bunch of dead trees, but this one was the oldest one on the place. Pretty sad..
There is going to be some major chain saw work. My back is twinging just thinking about it....
Welcome back to reasonable health.ReplyDelete
Didn't there used to be a link off this site to your woodwork ???
Nice work - - will keep it in mind.
That was a link to a Flickr feed, I've since stopped using Flickr. Hence the removal of the link.Delete
Got one! Hope you're feeling better, Jim.ReplyDelete
Add my name to the pile of those wishing you a speedy and full recovery. Tough to think straight when your sinuses are pulsing and your brain itches from the inside out.ReplyDelete
the Digital Warrior-Poet
Beautiful woodwork! Feel better soon.ReplyDelete
Beautiful work, Jim!ReplyDelete
If you ever decide to make handspindles (for spinning fiber into yarn), I'd love to be a product tester.
Another fan wishing you a quick recovery.
I second this request.Delete
Also, non-dangly earrings. I am one of the apparently few women in the world who doesn't like to wear dangly earrings.
I third the request for spindles!Delete
Also, I'd love to have a link to show a couple of friends some of your other woodwork - specially those "lacy" bowls. Hope you'll find a place to share those again.
Feel better soonest!
My best wishes for your recovery, which are slightly selfish as I've missed reading your voice of sanity.ReplyDelete
Mark Twain said that when he told friends that he had a bad cold, one recommended a pint of whiskey. Then another recommended a pint of whiskey. That, Twain pointed out, made a quart... though I like Anonymous's hot buttered rum idea better.
I like your pens and may buy one, though I'm afraid it would either get scratched up from their usual place in my jeans pocket or I'd have to treat it more carefully and therefore wouldn't have it with me and use it.
I see that some of the pens and all of the bowls are made from exotic hardwoods. Many of those woods are beautiful, but I don't buy them at craft fairs because there is so much destructive deforestation going on, especially in the tropics, and I've read that even "certified" wood can be mislabeled with the right bribes or indifferent inspectors. What assurances can there be that buying exotic wood isn't contributing to forest destruction? (I feel better about buying domestic woods, or your oddity made of crushed sunflower hulls.)
That's exactly the mess that Gibson got into a couple of years ago.Delete
Get well soon!ReplyDelete
Get well. The absurd world continues on its way, and needs a good lambasting.ReplyDelete
Love the bowls, by the way.
Get well soon...ReplyDelete
I had one of those wicked mean ass colds too and am only now getting close to normal nearly two whole weeks later.ReplyDelete
I faved your Etsy shop. Like the bowls.
Get well soon, Jim! I love the bowls, might make for a good birthday present for my brother, who does a bit of woodworking himself.ReplyDelete
Darn, I was hoping you were just taking a family vacation with no blogging. So, you've joined use with the cough, snotty nose, laryngitis, etc. Get well soon.ReplyDelete
Hey, I was just thinking about what I 'needed' to buyy!ReplyDelete
Feel better soon!ReplyDelete
Wow, you do some beautiful work. But I'm a bit concerned that, between the woodworking and the constant blogging, you seem to be having difficulty just taking it easy. I'm not complaining, you understand, but it is okay to just kick back occasionally. You might have fewer colds.ReplyDelete
Working on a lathe is 'taking it easy' . Until you blow the sidewall out on a hollow form you have put many hours into. But, that is why beer and fireplaces were invented.Delete
I know what you mean.ReplyDelete
I know what you mean.ReplyDelete
Jim, those are beautiful items. I gotta get me a lathe. I also had no idea that pen making was such a big deal. I wonder what a combination of some of those woods and Damascus steel would look like?ReplyDelete
Bravo Zulu, sir.