I just shipped these pieces to a nice lady in Texas. She and Grandpa ordered them as wedding gifts for her daughter. Cool mom. She wanted a vase or a salad bowl and decided to get one of each! These were made from glued up layers of scrap plywood turned on the lathe, with the bowl getting additional carving. They are both finished in Milk Paint and an environmentally friendly whey based urethane, and the vase interior has 3 coats of epoxy. Fully functional, waterproof works of art.
As a custom fabricator, everyday I have the opportunity to meet new and interesting people and make cool stuff for them. Last week I had a Wing Chun enthusiast come to me to make some very specific parts for a Mook Yan Jong - his martial arts practicing dummy or "dead man." You might not have heard of this form before but certainly you've seen it demonstrated at one point or another by Bruce Lee himself as he helped popularize this style of Kung Fu from Hong Kong.
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We spent the weekend in Astoria enjoying a rare dry spell in what is possibly Oregon's most blustery locale. The Fisher Poets were in town doing their annual thing - demanding our attention, making us laugh and gracing us with their salty stories for a few fleeting days. A walk around town revealed several familiar vacant storefronts, but not nearly as many as past years. Many new businesses are making a go of it from breweries and restaurants to specialty shops and a great farmers market. No, Astoria is changing - for better or for worse. I think for the better. Tourism is up bringing money into the area, and civic development like the new Square Are encouraging. The Square incorporates a beautiful cultural garden with thoughtful installations commemorating Chinese Americans for their contribution to Astoria society in the early days. I just hope it doesn't lose too much of the goonie and seedy seaport character that gives it its charm.