Scraping walnut


Scraping in a raking light. Waiting for a cutter blade to anneal in the oven.
Backs are about to thickness. Weight is within 2 grams of each other. This piece had some knots I didn’t see till I resawed it. Doesn’t really bother me though. The other back is a bit nicer.

Mmmmm Pork


Lunch after a morning in the shop.

I’m on a new diet.  This was prescribed my my doctor. It’s one of the best meats I’ve had in the US!  Called peppered bacon and its made not too far from here.  Room temp on toast…Good lord!

Ok, so his doctorate is in music.  But he is a smart man!  He has never led me wrong on music, smoked meats, or beer, so who am I to not follow doctors orders?

Fame Studios, Muscle Shoals.


Just got back from a really cool road trip.  Long drive to AL, but did some really interesting things.

Got a private tour of Fame Studios by the founder, Rick Hall.  Spent about two hours with him and my two friends in his office.  Unbelievable the amount of artists that recorded there and how much music came out of the area.  Met several of the Swampers who recorded with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, the Rolling Stones, among many others.  Really cool, down to earth and humble considering the kind of things they’ve done.

Saw the Muscle Shoals documentary.  Great film.  Great cinematography.  Half the people in the film were seated at tables around me.  Many of them played in a concert afterwards.  Everyone there was so nice too.

Just one of those opportunities that I feel very fortunate to have had.

Road trip…


Don’t know if you’ve heard about this new documentary about the legendary music of Muscle Shoals yet.  It was just shown at Sundance with good reviews. Most of you who read my nonsense know that I rarely post anything but my own pics, but I’ll make an exception, as this is relevant to my next week.

So, a road trip…

Got a call last week from a friend who asked me if I wanted to go to the premier of this documentary, in Muscle Shoals AL, next Wednesday.  Had tickets to the VIP party, movie premier and concert.  Um… Yes!  This is right up my alley.  Just needed to re-arrange my schedule a bit, book a room and load up my iphone for 13 hours of driving music.

Should be fun…

Fun fire wood, flames of another sort


Went for some of my shop supplies at my parents place today.  This caught my eye and I picked it out of the fire wood.  Oak with some beautiful figure.  Wish I would have seen the bigger pieces before they made it to the wood pile.

Stereo cabinet for the shop


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Made a quick plywood cabinet for my shop to house my stereo. Finished assembling the other morning. Walnut frames and polycarbonate sheeting for the doors. Excited to have my turntable hooked back up. I even disassembled cleaned the pots on … Continue reading

Caves under Yuengling brewery- just a pic


Just a random pic I took.
Can’t post something without a pic to accompany. I don’t know if its my perspective on things, but I had an example of what I would call good luck today. Drove 3 hours to a trade show. Went right to the convention center because I couldn’t check into my hotel before 4:00. Hit a lull and decided to try to check in early. Got to my car and saw my tire was really low. Leaned down and heard it hissing air. Decided to make a run for it. Hit a gas station, no air, but added fix a flat. Drove three blocks to the next station. Literally 10 minutes and $15 later, the nail was pulled out of my tire, it was plugged, and I was on my way.
Some people would feel unlucky about a nail in the tire. I feel really lucky. The way I see it, it could have happened on the highway or if I got to my car 10 minutes later, I couldn’t have driven it.
Good stuff.