The Intention of this Blog
is to share my adventure of repurposing my family farm into art space and re-rooting myself in an 'old fashioned' way of life with my folks, the original Do-It-Yourselfers. It is a platform for me to share with others the things that I learn as I apprentice myself to my parents and grandparents.
"You cannot express, whatever your walk in life, unless you have a system of expression; and you cannot have a system of expression unless you have a prior system of cognate thinking and feeling; and you cannot have a system of thinking and feeling unless you have had a basic system of living." -Louis Sullivan "The Kindergarten Chats: The Art of Expression: 1"
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ast week, while carving mugs for the upcoming show, I looked out the back of the barn to see a magnificent pileated woodpecker. I promptly decided to add him/her to a mug. I was delighted to see it because … Continue reading
1. My folks trimmed several trees in the yard, including a couple young sugar maples they planted years ago. 2. The sun evaporated the running sap from the missing branches into sugary droplets. 3. My visiting niece was encouraged to … Continue reading
ere’s an image of a coffee-maker I finished carving yesterday in it’s green-ware state (unfired, unglazed). It is for a show I get to do with St Joe printmaker, Mary Bruno, at the Whitby Gallery of the St. Ben’s Monastery from mid … Continue reading
he kiln really liked the swan for my parents. Even though it was loaded in the far back, it got plenty hot and plenty of ash melted onto it. I couldn’t image a better outcome. It also works just as … Continue reading
y folks and I slept considerably more soundly last night after we dropped the top two-thirds of this rotten box-elder tree behind the house on Sunday. We’ve been working on taking down three old box-elder trees in the backyard since … Continue reading