Category: Daily Update

  • July 2, 2024

    At 6:17 this morning, Eloise started scratching at my butt through the duvet to let me know that she was hungry. I told her to go away and wait until 7. She hopped over my leg and snuggled into Hannah. Eloise soon learned that she wasn’t going to get fed.

  • July 1, 2024

    My writing setup looks a little different than I’m used to but it should do. I’m looking forward to starting this writing project, with a direction but few expectations.

  • June 27, 2024

    Sharing my intentions is the most effective way to ensure that I won’t follow through on them. I’ve been thinking about writing about the things I’ve learned from woodworking since starting just over two years ago. It might make for an interesting story, and should definitely be a good point of reflection. It might be…

  • June 26, 2024

    After today, I could leave tomorrow. I packed up my office and filled the car today, readying myself for the move to a new school. When I had my first classroom, I brought some of my old computers in for the students to use. That didn’t really happen, and I’ve been holding onto them since.…

  • June 25, 2024

    The boxes that I’ve been working on are doing a number on me. Every time I think I’ve got a handle on what I’m doing, another problem arises. While staring at the problem, all I want to do is force it into a fix. Often, once I’ve stepped away and taken some time, even just…

  • June 24, 2024

    I went to the grade eight students’ graduation today. It was nice to see them walk across the stage, but something felt different about this one, it didn’t have the same gravitas that the ceremony has had in the past. I’ve been working with the same group for three years so it felt right to…

  • 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…