finding the narrative

  • September 29, 2023

    I’ve been having some luck lately with people being interested in some of the stuff I make. The bowls seem to be drawing people’s attention. My friends are good people and want to support me, but I have a really hard time asking them for money. I have a hard time asking for money more…

  • September 28, 2023

    It happened again today. Somebody told me that the reason people keep asking me for help is because I keep saying, “Yes”. I was probably complaining about feeling overwhelmed or simply too busy.

  • September 27, 2023

    We went out for dinner tonight. During the week is a tough sell, but we had to do it to celebrate a birthday. The server must’ve come by three times before we were ready to order a round of drinks. She came by twice more before we were ready to order our meals.

  • September 26, 2023

    I was thinking about a philosophy based on woodworking while I was working at the lathe today. Surely, one must already exist. Woodworkers strike me as the type of people who are introspective and critical of themselves and the world. The craft is driven by precision, so much so that it lends itself to a…

  • Pen Turning | Purpleheart Gear Shift Pen

    In today’s video, I turn a gear shift pen with Purpleheart wood. I think the curved profile works well with this kit, complementing the weight of the pen. I chose a high-gloss, CA finish because, well, it’s like a freshly waxed car – shiny. The mechanism for this pen is a lot of fun to…

  • September 23, 2023

    I needed an easy win today. I went to the workshop. It didn’t quite work out the way I was hoping it would.

  • September 22, 2023

    One of my students asked me how I’m doing this afternoon. I told him, and the rest of the class, that I’ve been in a terrible mood for the last couple of weeks and can’t figure out why. We joked about how it was probably because of school and them, the class. Truthfully, I don’t…

  • September 21, 2023

    On Monday, we did the most “big city” thing that I’ve ever done: rooftop yoga.

  • September 19, 2023

    I wasn’t present for most of the day. My mind was floating aimlessly; low, like a morning mist. It’s harder to see that it’s there when you’re in it.

  • Bowl Turning | Leopardwood Bowl

    In this video, I turn a Leopardwood bowl. It’s fairly small at 4″ in diameter and 2″ thick. This is one of four that’ll be in a set together. The wood was tricky to work with. It has a varying grain pattern and is quite hard. In the end, it turned out pretty well. Shopify:…

  • September 17, 2023

    I got wood today. An ad on the internet turned me on to it. The first one I tried didn’t work out but the second one did. I got so excited about it that I couldn’t think of anything else until I dealt with it. Incidentally, I saw the wood yesterday and didn’t do anything…

  • September 16, 2023

    We moved furniture today. Of course, I woke up late so we were delayed getting started. The plan was to go over last night to get things ready but we never made it. I fell asleep after work. I was out. Cold. By the time I woke up it was too late to do much…