well, my head is spinning. I got back from my Maine trip a few days ago…so still unpacking, sorting and trying to get back in the swing of things at home & at the shop. Here’s a recent panel carving:
But I’m distracted in several different directions. One is Doug Stowe’s long run of excellent posts about education. This is a pertinent subject, my kids are heading for first grade next fall…and we need to figure out how we want that to play out. Anyone got a winning lottery ticket to spare? Doug’s stuff is really thought-provoking – here’s one from today: http://wisdomofhands.blogspot.com/2012/05/what-american-schools-should-look-like.html
Last week he beat me to the punch reading the NY Times, Doug posted a link to this article that I had flagged: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/27/opinion/sunday/lets-be-less-productive.html?_r=2
As I said earlier, the Maine trip was great – I always have an excellent time at Lie-Nielsen, this sign is something I did for the classroom there:
and got lots of birding in,
and more waxwings
saw old friends, etc….
but the certain highlight of the whole trip was two hours I got to spend with Bill Coperthwaite.
Showing the crooked knife:
I have mentioned here before, but now will again, that Bill’s book A Handmade Life is one of my absolute favorite books. Period. I keep one at home & one in the shop. I don’t know of a book I have read more.
I had visited Bill’s house in 2004, but he was on his way out of town that day. Here’s some photos from that trip:
So last week, I planned ahead & got to visit a bit before I hit the road back to Massachusetts. Bill & I have a lot of mutual friends, some of whom were my major wood-working influences. We talked of knives, axes, puzzles, friends, Sweden, England, the lack of corners in his house, and on & on. I can’t wait to get back to spend some time making shavings with him…it was so inspiring.
More photos from 2004:
here’s links to read more about Bill and the Yurt Foundation