Last weekend was a bit of a whirlwind with the Paris ArtWalk on Friday and the Pumpkin Festival all day on Saturday. Thankfully, the weather was awesome, and I can say truthfully that I had a blast (even in cowboy boots on a hot day). It was great to see my fantastic neighbors and friends, and get to know new folks and talk about one of my favorite subjects, woodturning.

I also got into (many) tangential conversations with folks I met about archaeology (I can’t help it – I live and breathe it – and when people find out you dig up dead people’s trash, they often have lots of questions), Downton Abbey episodes (who doesn’t think Michelle Dockery is stunning in everything she wears?), and whether IPA beers should be wiped off the bar menu of every pub in favor of good porters.

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This is for you, Chris.

For those that know me, I can talk about random stuff any time of day and conversations tend to veer left and right and loop back around again with no particular pattern, sort of like my approach to woodturning. I might start off with one thing and then end up making something totally different. It’s either a gift or it’s nuts. Probably both.

Annabelle, turned cherry burl vase by Tanya Faberson

Annabelle originally was going to be a bowl, but thanks to – SURPRISE! – a deep crack inside the wood, she instead became my first vase.

One of my favorite things about the events over the weekend was talking to teenagers and kids about woodturning and woodworking in general. Creekview Woodshop was sharing booth space with Gambill Woodworking (if you haven’t checked out that shop, you can find it at  www.etsy.com/shop/Gambillwoodworking), and we watched the kids going from one table to another, examining things and asking questions about how stuff was made and what we had to do to make some of the items look like they do. (Luckily, my booth had a picture of me at the lathe due to my forward-thinking wife, Lori).

It made me really happy to see kids interested in something I love doing so much (and it made me hopeful that the trend of kids spending most of their off-time playing video games is on the decline – I know, wishful thinking, but I haven’t given up hope). I told all of them to take woodshop, and if the class isn’t available, try out woodturning or any sort of woodworking when they get the chance.

So now that the shows are over, I’m back in the shop making stuff (and, as usual, breaking stuff in the process and adding them to the burn pile). I couldn’t do all this without my amazing wife, Lori, and of course, my furry “assistants.” By the way, Lori (or Lil Lori as those in the know call her – not sure if that’s just because she’s petite or people think she’s gangsta, probably both) is now officially Creekview Woodshop’s marketing magic maker, basically making sure that everything always remains on track, people know what’s going on in the interwebs, that I’ve got plenty of bandaids and don’t play my music too loudly in the shop when it’s late at night (sorry Emma).

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