Spent the last five weeks living and traveling from one end of North Carolina to the other. Had to fix/mod a few things and there's still a ton to learn, but we're still having a great time. We won't be doing this is every state, but this one was a good one for it.

(I'll reply to this post with a few more photos... this is a great blue heron I got a shot of while walking the dog)

More playing with new materials. Kept this one simple with padauk bent around a black ceramic core. I love the color of padauk. I'm keeping this one for myself.

Another fun one! Trying out a new stainless steel core for a "Steel Zebra" ring. It works! And zebrawood always does well with turquoise. Really enjoyed putting this one together.

Wrapped up another "Churros!" ring that ships out today. Rose quartz is always super challenging to work with, but I really like its subtlety as an inlay.

First time ever working with gold wire for an inlay. Not sure why, but working with it made me really nervous, but I sure love me a challenge. The stone is crushed sapphire and the wood is macassar ebony.

Wrapped up the finish on a "Churros!" ring... Cherry with a rose quartz inlay. Rose quartz is super challenging to get to show up right. Still, I like how it turned out.

Just a quiet part of the day in the shop with just me, some files, and a ring to finish. Can't ask for much more.

We started redoing our backyard a while back... part of that involved destroying my old fire pit. Now I've built myself a new one. Looking forward to a fire tonight!

Got a really nice pyrography kit as a gift and decided to put it to work on some palette boards and make a sign to decorate out dining room with a family motto.

Wherein I attempt to convince my oldest child that his present is a stuffed bunny head (it isn't).

Did a bit more tillering of the Mark 2 Red Oak Longbow (I really ought to name this thing) and took it to the in-laws' to test. I'd say it's doing OK.

Accomplishment for the weekend: significant progress on the Red Oak Board Bow, Mark 2. It's now tillered to the point that it can take full brace. Still a ways to go before it's done, but I'm proud to have gotten this far.

Just finished this one off while at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds Fall Craft Fair. Pearwood and purpleheart carved with inlays in turquoise and howlite. I'll be here all weekend.

An image of barely contained excitement when my comfort box for showed up.

Must.resist.opening.

Sometimes you need to spend a full morning of bending. Looking forward to the combinations I'm going to put together... then carve them.

If I'm going to be at this event next month at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds, then I better have a sign. Picked up this pockmarked piece of maple and took my woodburner to it.

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