Category: Dear Diary

  • 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 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…

  • June 9, 2024

    Woodworking has led me to a number of new and exciting experiences. On Friday, Hannah and I went to buy wood from a guy, at his house, from his shed. We ended up with some gorgeous pieces of Black Walnut. I may have been a little overzealous with my purchase but I can’t wait to…

  • June 8, 2024

    This hurt.

  • June 7, 2024

    The resin table is coming along nicely!

  • June 6, 2024

    Put some sand down.

  • June 5, 2024

    We took Genevieve to the vet today. She did incredibly well, letting the technicians handle her and all. She’s overweight and needs to be on a diet, has a small laceration on her right thigh that’ll hopefully heal on its own, and she got the fur around her butt shaved to prevent shit from sticking…

  • June 4, 2024

    The resin table is a little further along.