January 19th

What a great week! Ms Kathy was off work and despite the cold rainy weather; we had a wonderful week of travel, shop time and togetherness.

We started out our week together with a trip to the Florida Woodturners Symposium in Lake Yale Florida.

Lake Yale

Lake Yale

It was a blast! We had 32 choices for demonstrations of which we could see 8. We saw:

All did an excellent job as did the ones that we missed, the whole lineup was:

National Demonstrators

Regional Demonstrators

Workshop Leaders

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Wildlife at Lake Yale

Wildlife at Lake Yale

The only snafu for the weekend was when our dog Yoda bolted from his babysitter Jan. Early Friday morning Jan let him out in the backyard and he bolted through a hole in the fence. We did not hear a thing all weekend and I could not find him Monday at the pound or the Humane Society and had just about written him off when a veterinary clinic called with a name and number. It seems this nice woman had picked him up Friday just after he got out. She took him to the vet for a bath and haircut, then went to the store and bought him 3 kinds of dog food and a bag of treats. When I called her he was laying in her lap giving her dog kisses. She told me that she had walked him so much her legs were tired and sore! Apparently she had made him a pallet next to her bed so when he got tired of sleeping on the couch he would have a comfortable bed. Needless to say he was extremely disappointed that we picked him up.

That night we had our woodturners meeting and did a recap of the year. Because of the holidays we only had 3 entries in the instant gallery, but it was nice to relive the weekend with all those who had attended the symposium.

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Tina's Minitures

Tina’s Miniatures

Kay shows off the box she won watching Bob Rosand

Kay shows off the box she won watching Bob Rosand

Kat trying to explain "Birds Without Feathers"

Kat trying to explain “Birds Without Feathers”

Besides that we had a week in the shop until Thursday when we ventured out to the store to by supplies for my 60th birthday party and our bi-weekly visit with Align Chiropractic, jacksonvillefamilychiropractor.com, to adjust away the aches of turning and old age : ) . On the way home we made a stop to a really cool place called Eco-Relics, www.ecorelics.com. It is a 50,000 square ft warehouse and outdoor lot filled, and I mean filled with salvaged building materials. They definitely give Liberty Tools and Joe Ley’s a run for their money. We must have spent 2 hours just scratching the surface, we will definitely be going back.

That afternoon our good friend Joanne came out to spend a couple of nights to help us prepare for the party on Saturday. So we spent Friday and Saturday cleaning and cooking.

Joanne

Joanne

Hard at work

Hard at work

By the time 6:30 came on Saturday we were ready to relax and enjoy our friends and family. DSC00976 DSC00975

Getting ready

Getting ready

We had about 25 people for and outdoor birthday party around a bonfire. Kat fixed pork barbeque, sliders, chicken wings, potato salad, pot stickers, procuttio roll-ups, vegetables, chips, dips and an incredible carrot cake. She was grilling sliders and wings for 4 hours! It was humbling to see friends from AA, woodturning, family, and from the past all come together to celebrate and enjoy each others company. William even came from Tallahassee to be a part of it, I am a blessed man.

My sister Jan and her family

My sister Jan and her family

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Fun around the fire

Fun around the fire

Sunday, Kat, William, Kathy, Kathy’s nephew Evan and I got up about 11 and after we started the fire back up and sat outside in our pajamas, we went to V’s pizza for lunch and to celebrate Evan’s birthday. Best pizza and wings in Jacksonville! www.vpizza.comDSC00991

The morning after!

The morning after!

Clean -up

Clean -up

Finally we ended the vacation by spending Sunday afternoon and Monday in the shop together. Kat worked on her heron carving and I worked on my strum stik and preparing blanks to boil and dry so we can get some inventory back and try some new ideas from the symposium.

Shop support!

Shop support!

Kathy Carving

Kathy Carving

The Heron gets closer

The Heron gets closer

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Beautiful bowl in progress

Beautiful bowl in progress

Purple-heart and Sycamore Strum Stik

Purple-heart and Sycamore Strum Stik

Boiled and drying

Boiled and drying

Oh, and by the way in case you have missed it, you can check out our website at www.studio5032.com and our Etsy store at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Studio5032. Have a great week and we will catch you up soon.

Don

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