Southern Vermont Garlic Festival

KIMG0156It’s been a crazy summer. I am participating in the 50 song in 90 day challenge. as of this moment I have a meager 14 songs,  I am super busy,  I knew that it would be tough to juggle everything, and I have 30 days to catch up, Jess and I went to Clayton, NY for a wedding (Congrats again to David and Lara you’re both awesome.) The Southern Vermont Garlic and Herb Festival starts tomorrow and I will be setting up my space in a few hours. Am I ready? Absolutely not. Will I be? Absolutely. Today is also My dad’s KIMG0157birthday and Slade’s Birthday. Happy Birthday guys and thanks for dedicating time on your birthday/birthday weekend to help me set up and sell my stuff.  My mom is leaving work early to help organize my merchandise. Jess is in the living room turning business cards into magnets and I am working on trivets and hoping to get one more table in before Saturday.  Which looks less and less likely as the hours tick by but I am still stubbornly optimistic. Which is disturbingly out of character. KIMG0158The silo that Jess and I lived in was directly across the street from the garlic festival grounds.  I have to admit that the prospect of standing there for 8 hours staring at the hole in the skyline where the silo use to be is not very appealing.  My mother, ever the planer has looked at the map and, has informed me that there will be a bounce house in the way but I think the silo was taller than a bounce house. In non garlic fest news.  Jess won’t let me use the washing machine to spin projects for spin art painting, I can’t imagine why. . . but  I have come up with a plan to use a brokenKIMG0155 record player instead. It beats using a coarse thread screw and a wood block.  I found a cool power pole in the woods by the hospital this week. I want it. It’s been cut up a bit already but it’s still too big to drag out of the woods, but with a chain saw, a drill, an ax, and a reciprocating saw I could cut it into more manageable pieces. I know poles like this are coated in creosote so that might be an issue. Anything else? Etsy shop will be fully stocked again soon.   Have a fun and safe labor day and if your anywhere near Southern Vermont this Labor Day weekend check out Garlic fest.

The Furniture Remix Project

What a crazy summer. I can’t believe in a few hours it will be August. I have a lot to do this month. I am the August artist of the month for the Bennington Arts Guild. I should be set up but I am not. I will go in and do that on Tuesday. If your in the BenKIMG0054nington area Friday, August 5, 2016 stop the Guild from 5-7 for my artist reception.  We are a month away from the Southern Vermont Garlic Festival.  I have a lot of work to do. I have been playing with the barn board. I managed to make a cool table.  The picture sucks but it looks cool in person. I have been experimenting with different edge techniques. I tried to use roofing nails. It was an interesting idea that took way too much effort and would require hundreds of nails. Sure It did not work out so well, but IKIMG0039 am going to try to use really thin sheet metal as an edge cover instead. When I use pine sometimes the finish is absorbed unevenly or sap leaks and you need to cover that or it looks unprofessional. Speaking of unprofessional i have decided that I will name my pieces instead of numbering them. I am lazy so  I will be naming them after songs I have written so I don’t actually have to come up with new tittles. Like i have a crazy red and black splotched thing with lots of holes and a few burn marks, it’s called “consequences have consequences” which happens  to be a song I wrote a few weeks ago for 50/90.   I am calling this scrap wood enterprise “The Furniture Remix Project” because I am using lots of different pieces of furniture and what I do is a kind of tactile remix. It’s giving a new identity to old pieces of wood. it’s a fresh perspective on old and damaged pieces.  Onward!

How To Have Fun and Embarrass Yourself with 4 Channel Mixer

 

IMG_20160501_172003I can’t believe it but the 2016 fifty ninety challenge  has begun! I have been organizing instruments and cords, so many cords so recording music is on my mind.I don’t have a very high tech or professional set up. I have a  messy signal chain that could definitely be improved .For instance I really need something to block the background noise and humming that comes from my house and its weird weird wiring. My set up is simple,  I record my guitar (or keyboard) part and my vocal part together, every once in a while I will lay down a few guitar tracks and then record a vocal line  but doing it that way takes a lot of time, which is something that I don’t have lot of when it comes to song writing challenges. Continue reading

Frames, Benches and July

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a small sample of my new frame collection

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new mosaic, i swear in person it seems more square than rectangle but the photo is definitely making me question that

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you can never be too careful!

So? It’s July which means I have a ton of work to do.  I am the Featured Artist for the Bennington Arts Guild for August, and I have to get some major projects finished so I have a nice full booth for Garlic Fest, I also have some small events to prepare for so the last thing I should be doing is writing a blog post but what the heck. I have some cool new pieces I am working on.  I got 5 boxes of frame corners from a closing frame shop. This morning Jess walked down to our local bakery to get breakfast and Jen, the proprietor asked if I would be into some benches, so  I walked down this evening to check them up. They were in the basement which is cool, since I like to go into closed off places. They come from a meeting house in Wilmington, Vermont, they are leather and wood and  they still have the seat number medallions. In  a word they are awesome. I hope I can do them justice and everybody who passes through Bennington should visit the Bakkerij Krijnen. Not only do they have awesome food but they are super nice too!  What else? the 50/90 challenge starts in a few hours. I want to participate but I have so much work to do in the workshop. which means I will probably write 90 songs in 90 days as I do like to constructively procrastinate. Not exactly. I will write a few songs just because it’s fun and it’s a good exercise in creativity which helps my wood working too, or at least that is the story I am telling myself. 

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scrap wood mosaic wall hangingIt’s been an up and down all over the place year. I have been focused on a lot of non wood working things, but not anymore. This summer I have committed to double the time I spend in the shop, join the local arts guild, do more and better shows, and start taking credit cards. I am doing 50/90 again too. I am working on a ton of new and old projects and getting ready for some local shows this fall. I have an etsy store now too.

Moving Right Along

It’s been a busy week. Delivered a breakfront to schenectady NY. Took the Annie Sloan Just Paint workshop at work. It was fun and I learned a lot. I now know how to remove those random bristles that get on furniture while applying stain, paint or finish. . It’s always been a huge frustration and Gail shared the answer.   coatrackI have started making coathangers, hook/racks out of random pieces of wood and drawer pulls.  They are interesting and I would like to get some architectural hardware to use.  I picked up a pair of busted half sized cue sticks on Wednesday. Jess and I went to goodwill and there they were for 49 cents each. I fond a broken cue at work a year ago and I plan to make a tripod base for something. Should be cool.cueStained the drawer/desk organizer table bright red. It looks cool. I also added some supports. I need to add 5 pounds to the base for extra stability and that table will be for sale. I also finished the dry fit of the small square mosaic table. I should glue it next week. I also cut out the  legs for that table. It’s been busy.red I am up to 6 songs now for 50/90. I try not to think too hard about doing 44 more. I wrote the 6th one last night.   There is this guy named John Cole who has a blog and his cat was killed yesterday by his sister’s dog. It’s awful. the cat has been the mascot for his blog for a long time and the viciousness and suddeness are hitting him hard and I found myself strangely sad and grieving for a cat and a I person I have never met. I left my condolences and I wrote this 51 second punk song about loss called I am sorry (you’ve got to try).  I will almost have enough inventory to do a flea market and maybe join the arts guild by mid August.

Two Tables and a Song

Scrap wood tableThe shutter table is available for sale at Camelot Village! I have it priced now at $89.99. I started a small square end table this week. It’s 15″ X15″ and i have a few more pieces to dry fit before I start glueing.  I have also made progress on the other mosaic table I have been working on Since May. For some reason the May table has been hard to dry fit. It’s funny, sometimes they come together very quickly, and other times not so much. I have also been working on more repurposing projects. I used chalk paint to cover an old desk drawer into a shelf and I took some really cool oak drawers and they will also be a shelf. it's a drawer it's a shelf! I think I have mentioned that I participate in something called FAWM every february. Fawm is a challenge to write 14 songs in 28 days. It’s great fun and really pushes my creative limits. FAWM has a sister site called 50 in 90. Which as you probably guessed is a song writing challenge to write 50 songs in 90 days. I signed up last year but didn’t post a song. Music generally takes a backseat to other things for me during the summer but I wrote a song today so I posted it to the my 50/90 page and I thought i would share it here too. It’s called Still sitting in this Room. I am not sure I will churn out 50 songs but it’s fun to to play and share music so who knows.