Holidays over – Back to work

Okay I guess that title isn’t exactly true since I’m retired, but you know what I mean. Heather and I went to Arizona for a few weeks and then to Utah for Thanksgiving with family. We had a great time. Bummed around, sat in the sun and swam in the pool, met some new people,…

Copper is cool

The more I work with copper the more I like it. I’ve started making copper jewelry with bits and pieces of scrap that I have acquired. I first started with the scrap 10 gauge copper wire that I got from Norm. I really enjoyed the process of making the hammered copper jewelry and the thing…

A break in the weather

The last couple of weeks have given us rain. A lot of rain. No biggy.. That’s to be expected here on Vancouver Island in the fall. But there have been breaks in the weather and last week we actually had 2 sunny-ish days in a row so I decided to pull out the forge and…

In Between Times

I like to keep myself busy. In between all my regular projects and house stuff and everything else going on I like to fill in time. Sometimes it’ll be reading a book or having a nap but sometimes I like to just fool around with new things. This recent adventure is a good example of…

Ain’t no lightweight – Part 2

Well the end of a (for me) lengthy build has me quite pleased with the results and ready to get on with something new. Mike’s new wine/liquor rack is now finished and ready to go to it’s new home at his place in Victoria. Before we took off for a week in Mexico I did…

Ain’t no lightweight! – Part 1

My pal Chuck sent me a picture of a wine rack/liquor cart that he was going to build out of wood and it looked really cool. The cart is 28 inches square and 16 inches deep and sits on casters. Chuck designed it so that it could fit in his closet and he could roll…

Yuho builds a box

Yuho has come from Japan to soak up canadian culture, travel, and have a break from university. She visits Heather during the week for conversational english and some writing practice and to learn more about life in Canada. Heather and Yuho have gone shopping, have done some cooking together and other things and last week…

Why not give it a try

Not sure if I have the guts/skill/space/artistic sense to pull this one off. So why not give it a try, right? When we were down in Utah visting Mike and Patty this fall Mike said they might like me to make them something for their little courtyard/entrance of their place in Seattle. I took some…

It’s the little things

Sometimes it’s the little things that you do that give you the most satisfaction. That’s the way it was this week. I shipped the lamp down to Nate and Sally via UPS this week. Because I don’t send much stuff well, anywhere really, the process of getting all the paperwork in order, scheduling the pickup…

New year,new lamp

When we visited with Nate and Sally in Utah this fall, Nate said he was looking for a lamp to use outdoors when cooks at his bbq station. I said I figured I could whip something up.  🙂 So over the past couple of weeks I started putting something together. I had an idea in…

The end of the Christmas rush

I didn’t realize my little christmas trees would be so popular but there turned out to be quite a few people who wanted me to make some for them. So for this past week I’ve been cranking out a bunch for various folks and I think now I am finally done. In total I’ve done…

It all started innocently enough

And now it’s a full blown obsession….. First it was just an idea to make a little Christmas tree out of some scrap 16 gauge sheet stock. That was a couple of months ago. It seemed harmless enough and Heather liked it and I thought I’d move onto something else. And I did…  For a…