For the first time in 40 years I had to drive to work in the morning. This was something new. As I said before, I lost the early mornings, late evenings and some stolen time on the weekends in the studio. But in looking back this was the beginning of the period where I would be doing some of my best work.
Once in the studio I could focus and be without interruptions. This was something new and I came to embrace it.
The wood on the right is what I had to been given to create pieces for some very special people. These were to be ready for June, 2018.
I made 2 turnings each from the birch and the rough pine. The third piece was the most cooperative and produced a very nice platter.
With the ideal working conditions of the studio I was looking forward to doing more work and exploring with epoxy.
The spalted maple bowl followed closely on the heels of the walnut one and I was off and running. As Christmas was fast approaching I had to start building my inventory to meet the demand. This was, for the most part, salad bowls and chargers. These were the pieces that bought the supplies and paid the rent.
Not only did I have Christmas on the horizon but I had some serious challenges for the spring of 2018.
This is the straight forward platter that was made from the pine in the image on the right. Beautiful in its own right showing the grey from the outside of the wood and the rich patina from the inside.
The platter had a short story about the wood hand-written on the back.
The other two pieces of wood were more complicated and deserve their own space. I will write about them in the next installment.