Monday, February 10, 2014
After a few days of planning and a nerve racking first hook up to a pick up truck, the leafspring ROLLS. I towed the trailer about a half a mile away to a new home.
With the aid of my friend Scott Hollis, we backed the trailer in to its new resting place beneath the cover of Douglas Fir boughs and next to my future shop.
Friday, January 3, 2014
Peach pits have a special place in my heart. They are one of the first things that I learned how to carve with my dad when I was a kid. He got me a knife and a pit for my birthday one year. I probably was not that enthusiastic and then months later picked it up and asked my dad about carving a monkey.
My mom had shown me the monkey pendant that my dad carved for her ages before. It had a gold chain and it was caught in the rat's nest of necklaces that lived within her jewelry box. Of all my Dad's carvings I liked the monkey pit the best. The monkey had it's tail in it's mouth and it resided in a fetal shape, reminiscent of the seed. My dad showed me what he called the cheaters method for carving the monkey. We used the drill press and drilled three holes where the negative space would be and used the holes to start carving.
The monkey was the first successful project I completed. I made a necklace, then I made one for my friend and my carving days were few and far between after that. As years passed I would carve a monkey every now and again, but never with the same energy as when I was working with my dad that first time.
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I started carving pits again. I approach it with the same awareness as when I was 12. I let the shape of the pit guide the process. I don't cheat anymore, i.e. I just use a knife and a file, no drill press. Peach pits are my meditation. When I'm waiting in line I have something in my pocket that helps me avoid impatience. When my friends turn on a television, I reach in my pocket and find salvation. Each time I find a treasure inside of a discarded seed I recognize the immense wealth of opportunity that abounds in what some view as waste. Here are some photos of recent pit projects.
There are 2 images of each pit, showing both sides. This pit is two spirals each going a different direction and it encouraged me to try to carve a ram in the future.
This pit is an evil owl and an egg.
A squirrel and a bearded face.
You tell me... It doesn't have to be anything...
Another abstract pit. It reminds me of a nose and a banana snake.
A baby cormorant! Made this one on my drive home from Los Angeles over the holidays, and finished it last night.
This is my necklace. A big banana. I put it up because I wanted to show the color the pit changes from the oils of your skin, when you wear the pendant. I don't put any kind of finish because I really like the natural oil finish. It changes colors more and more as you wear it, always evolving.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
After a 7 week long trip to Trinity County, California, I arrived safely home in the wee hours of the morning after an all night drive up the coast. I'm not sure how I got involved in this one, but the weather was too nice to leave! I ended up staying a few extra weeks. I met an amazing and inspiring architect and got to work on a structure that was not your typical bathroom/kitchen remodel. She designed and was building a Quonset hut (more like a corrugated metal rainbow building).
When I arrived on sight they had a 2000 square foot concrete pad poured with two shipping containers placed on the pad. The containers where parallel, facing one another. A local graffiti artist Chepe, painted the containers with a mural.
The mural on the adjacent side was of a woman stretched out, (pictured above) but I did not get many quality photos due to my camera getting eaten by my dog a few months ago. Thanks to Ryan Boutcher for the photos I'm able to share.
In this close up of the reclining woman you can see the sword fern stencils.
And so we began... The first day we bolted down the bottom plate for the hut and went out with chainsaws and cut two posts out of downed trees in the forest. Next they erected the first few wrungs of the quonset hut and the carpentry team attached the top plate with 2' segmented pieces and began framing the walls.
Thanks for scissor lifts and home cooked meals.
You can gain a better perspective of the shipping containers in this photo. The rear wall is framed and there is a Douglas Fir post on the adjacent side of the Grand Fir.
Windows installed, T 1-11 siding is up, and corrugated clear plastic wall.
Now the front wall and bump out. The bump out was framed with timbers of Doug Fir that were milled on the property and had been stickered for years.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
This morning my 7 year old friend Stella and I wrapped the rain skirt up on the walls and taped the seams. The pond liner protects the walls from the back splash from the rain and the house wrap will overlap it.
After Stella's mom came and grabbed him, I finished cutting out all the window holes. Here is a pic with the windows in place...
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
With the aid of a friend with a bandsaw mill, I received some wide pieces of cedar for the fascia boards. Joelle Montez designed the cut-outs, and jig saw cut and carved the designs.
The cedar caps the foam, but leaves ventilation for the air gap created by the furring strips.
The next focus was the back gable end fascia boards. Joelle designed and cut out the boards and I thought about a piece of art for the back gable peak.
I cut out a piece of old growth western red cedar in the shape of a swallow.
After cutting the pattern with a bandsaw I spent a day carving the lines in the swallow to make him look like he is swooping down from the fascia.
Here is a close up of the swallow attached on the gable fascia. I'll wait for the next sunny patch in the day to get more photos...
Sunday, September 15, 2013
You can even leave a little chalk in the bottom of the bag so when you're hanging on a rafter you can chalk up.
Friday, September 13, 2013
The last few days have been clear and beautiful, so I have been focusing on getting the roof completed for the fall rains. I picked up the metal roofing from Tacoma on Monday, prepped everything and yesterday had a work party to get started.
Here is a picture after we got the first piece of 2" foam board insulation up.
The pictures above and below show 4" of insulation in the front end of the roof with 2 furring strips lag bolted in place, holding down the foam.
A special thanks to Ben Groves, (neighbor, friend and oragami artist) for all the help.
Monday, August 26, 2013
I spent the last week framing in the windows, sheeting the walls and framing and sheeting the roof. Here are some process pics..
I started by building these pony walls for the dormer windows.
Then my friend John Reese and I built a ridge beam out of laminated together 1/2" plywood. The ridge is 19' long. We built supports to hold up the ridge beam in place and then cut rafters to fit. Once we had template rafters for both roof pitches I cut all the rafters and notched them with a pull saw to sit on the top plate.
We got the middle section of the roof sheeted, but I still need to put support rafters to the hips and build a barge rafter on the back gable. Once I throw up the last rafters and get the tails cut to length I can dry her in!
Here is a detail pic of the framing of the front wall and window, with fir sill in place.