finding the narrative

  • June 21, 2024

    The end of the school year feels like a time for change and renewal. It’s when the last ten months is freshest on your mind, despite the fatigue. It’s now when I think about what I want to do next.

  • June 20, 2024

    I’m looking forward to reading this summer. I just don’t read enough.

  • June 19, 2024

    I don’t know if it’s the heat but I’ve been incredibly irritable lately. Working in a 100-year old building, without AC, and about 700 students running through it likely isn’t helping. The air feels like breathing through Parmesan flavoured cotton candy. Everywhere I go, in all aspects of my life, I’m frustrated. I’m annoyed. I’m…

  • June 18, 2024

    I gave my grade eight class some pencil boxes today. I often feel like giving gifts to my students at the end of the year, so I do. It was amazing to watch them try to put them together. For the most part, they struggled, providing every reason for more STEAM programming. I was shocked…

  • Pen Turning | Brown Mallee Burl with Crushed Flower Petal Inlay

    In today’s video, I turn a Cigar pen using Brown Mallee Burl. This one has a special inlay of crushed flower petals from a wedding we went to last year. This pen is a gift from the wife to her husband on their anniversary. I have got to say, I’m quite pleased with this one.…

  • June 16, 2024

    I’m having to remind myself to slow down. I keep rushing to get things done, making costly mistakes. I’ve noticed that I’m not looking for the most efficient way to do something, but the fastest. What I need to focus on is doing things well, in a reasonable amount of time. Going to the shop…

  • June 16, 2024

    I’m having to remind myself to slow down. I keep rushing to get things done, making costly mistakes. I’ve noticed that I’m not looking for the most efficient way to do something, but the fastest. What I need to focus on is doing things well, in a reasonable amount of time. Going to the shop…

  • June 15, 2024

    Things were going so well at the shop last night that I didn’t get home until 2! Tonight, I’m struggling a bit more and fighting to get things right. I might leave soon.

  • June 14, 2024

    I’m milling wood today.

  • June 13, 2024

    The end of the school year is just two weeks away, plus a day. This year, more than any other, I’m ready for the summer to be here. We went and got ice cream today. We each got a pint, and a cup to eat while walking home. Everything is forgiven until the summer.

  • June 12, 2024

    Last week, I bought a fair bit of wood. If nothing else, I spent a good bit of money on felled trees. That was an entirely new experience for me. Because I got the wood, I bought new tools, the big one being a router and router table. I’m having to learn how to use…

  • June 11, 2024

    We call it “litter time,” because it started when Genevieve and Ouli would run out of the apartment when we went to go put their shit down the chute. Now, it’s something they both look forward to every day. They cry for it. Eloise has yet to venture out but these two can’t get enough…