HAPPY TAX DAY!!!! OK OK so flog me….I know that it has been a month, but I challenge ANYBODY to keep up with the two of us and what goes on in this whirlwind world of Kats and mine..whew. We have been on the run since we last chatted, a lot of it turning and catching up on some projects.
We started with a six hour class on a Saturday put on the the St. John’s Cultural Council; Marketing For the Independent Artist. It was taught by a woman who has been in the business for many years and really opened our eyes to some new ideas.
The middle of last month I got the pleasure of meeting up with some dear friends of mine in Orlando. Susan Claesson and her son Henry came down so that Henry could compete in the Junior Nationals swim meet, it was so much fun watching the kids (and adults). We worked together at Dairy Queen a lifetime ago and Susan and I traveled together for a year as Director of Operations trainees.
I met the most amazing guy, his name is Bryson Breitenbucher and he is a friend of the Claesson’s.
We took him to the meet and it was so cool to hang with him. He knows so much about cars and is the most curious guy that I have ever met. We talked about cars, music, turning and his swimming skills; he is an up and coming speedster in the pool. The most amazing thing about this ball of energy is that he is a diabetic with an insulin pump, but he is positive, enthusiast and just a joy to be around nothing is going to get in his way.
That weekend we had a demonstration with the North Florida Woodturners. We got the privilege of spending the weekend with Ashley Harwood.
Ashley is from Charleston, SC and is not what you would expect in the world of woodturning. Ashley uses a push technique along with a 40 degree grind on her tool to get an amazing cut and finish on her work. When she “roughs out a bowl” it is finished to the equivalent of 120 grit sandpaper without sanding – what a time saver! I also had the pleasure of doing a hands-on workshop with Ashley on Sunday.
It has really helped and given me some new ideas for my bowls. Ashley is also known for her finials, and after watching her I understand why!
I have been working on mine since the demonstration and they are getting better.
You can check out Ashley’s website at www.ashleyhardwood.net
The next weekend was Easter and we were scheduled to go back to the Suwannee for a kayak trip but got rained out, so we spent the weekend running around and catching up. Friday we ran errands followed by Saturday checking out The Mandarin Art Fair. It was a nice Fair that we would consider participating in next year. Saturday night Kat’s son William came home from Tallahassee to visit for a couple of days and it was wonderful to see him.
We all went to our friend Mary’s for Easter dinner. Her daughter Ami was down from Norfolk with her sons Carson and Corbin and it was a nice way to spend the day catching up and playing with the boys. Funny story, Mary called me the week before and said that she needed help. When I called her back she said that a goose had died on her porch and could I please come pick it up for her. I don’t know what I was expecting but this thing was HUGE! It was about 3 feet long and quite a hassle to pick up. When she called to invite us to Easter Dinner Kat asked her if we were having goose….we all got a laugh out of it.
Last weekend we had a full weekend of great food, home time and shop time! It was wonderful to slow down and relax a bit. We did have my nephew Chaz and his fiancé Olivia over for dinner Saturday night and Kat fixed feta cheese stuffed sliders, roasted corn on the cob slathered with basil pesto aioli…..delicious. For Sunday dinner we had rotisserie chicken with stuffing; I love it when we stay home!
Now between all of this I got to go to St Augustine to help my friend Tina install a cat door for my buddy Turbo and prime her irrigation pump, finish three bowls for my customer Catie Wallace who works for Volunteers in Medicine – Jacksonville.
These guys provide a wonderful service for those having trouble affording healthcare in our area and they award bowls to volunteers, you can check them out at www.vim-jax.org. I also finished two mortars and pestles for Julie Traylor, a couple of wands for Alchemy in Louisville, a wand for my friend Julie Lasko, a bowl for my friend Vickie, another one for Jennie and Coleman Hulette, a couple of pens and finally birthday presents for my nephew Will (sorry dude no pictures).
So that is it, you are officially caught up on Kat and Don’s excellent adventure. I will try to be more up to date next time, but as I am constantly reminded “Life Is What Happens While You Are Planning It!”
Don and Kat