Saturday, January 25, 2014

Snack, Please?

I love Lightroom 5, but I am definitely not using it to its full potential.  One of my main goals this year is to figure out how to organize/classify my photos better within it, so I won’t have to search and search……  I am looking forward to delving into Rob Sylvan and Nat Colason’s book on the subject.  And any other ideas are much appreciated!

However, while I might “waste” time searching through photos, I also rediscover photos that I’d previously discounted. This photo from April recently caught my eye, totally reminding me of the never-ending saga in my house, as my boys are always hungry and in search of a snack! 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Blacksmithing Doesn't Stop in the Winter

Some might think that the winter is a slow time around here, and it it true that we aren’t spending every weekend teaching at a demo.  But, Jeff is still plenty busy in the forge.  He’s teaching quite a bit, and also working on a bunch of commissions.  

We haven’t done a very good job of documenting the work, but he and his friend Vince have made seven rookers (a very popular holiday gift this year, it seems!), a fireplace shovel, a colonial shovel, four ladles with copper cups, angled shelf brackets for bar top (complete with twists and hooks for purses), a lot of leaf hooks, and several colonial cooking forks. 

Vince has also made a lot of shoe/boot/hoof picks, in between all the other projects.  Next up on the list are some hinges, a set of 2 1/2 inch-wide legs for a table made from a ship’s hatch, and stands for two small gargoyles. 

Jeff also really wants to spend some time on the ABANA curriculum grill this winter, as well.

And, we are starting to finalize the spring and summer demo season, so if you are interested, please let us know!  

Monday, January 6, 2014

Not Too Late for Holiday Lights!

I know I’m a bit behind, but we still could use some holiday lighting, I’m sure. Holiday cheer should never go out of style!  These photos are from a very lovely evening at Meadowlark Botanical Gardens at their Winter Walk of Lights, shot w/ my 35 mm lens.  Many thanks to our friends for introducing us to a very special holiday tradition!

Thursday, January 2, 2014