First, I am sorry about the lack of material for the past month. Between Rosh HaShannah and Simchas Torah, it is really hard to get any serious shop time. Then we have had house guests for more than a week after Simchas Torah was over. To further decrease my shop time, I have been running and working out to improve my health and control my weight. I have gone from 190+ pounds and a 38″ waist to 155 pounds and a 34″ waist, and I have more weight to lose. An hour of excercise a day really adds up in hours away from the shop. I hope to be finished up with the exercise and diet by the end of January and look forward to working on all the ideas I have cooked up, and I hope that a commission or two will come in.
So what have I done lately? I’ll tell you. The wife and I have always enjoyed looking at birds, so the day after Yom Kippur we became official Birders (yes, Bird Watchers). If we weren’t odd enough, now we are big time into birding. Therefore, since I have no commission work right now, I have been making bird feeders and bird houses. I had enough scraps to make a platform feed, a fruit feeder, a suet feeder, and a bluebird house. Think I might make another platform feeder or bird house if I get bored enough. Although they are simple projects, they are fun to make, and at least I was doing something in the shop.
Here is a photo of me and my work. I have attempted to see the birds more closely by mounting the bird house to my head whilst standing next to a tree. No luck yet, but I have seen this in a cartoon so I know it will work.
If you are wondering how we got into this Birding bit, it was because we saw the movie, The Big Year. We liked it so much that we have seen it three times in less than a month. And yesterday, we say an HBO documentary called; Birders, the Central Park Effect. I stupidly thought that Birding would be an easy, no money involved hobby. I could not have been more wrong! Binoculars, field guides, membership to the Baltimore Birding Club, and now we both have the hots to get a good digital camera, but that’s not going to happen unless we win the lottery! Why can’t I pick easy, no cost hobbies like tic tac toe, business card collecting or masturbation? (oh yea, that is not allowed). No matter what I do, it is always “Full Steam Ahead”! Ah the joys of being me.
My next real project is in the works. I have a holly bowl that will be decorated in a very asian style with a nice little pedestal. More on that later.