something bright for the new year!

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To celebrate the new start presented by the new year, I indulged a whim and bought a big bag of Meyer lemons–a rare treat! I took half of them to try something new: preserved lemons. I halved a recipe from the New York Times, but the recipe seems fairly standard. I may have put in too much salt, but as with so many things, time will tell…

Happy New Year !

participate!

IMG_3704There is a wonderful interview,  by David Marchese, with Frances Moore Lappé in the The New York Times that is informative, thought-provoking and shares with us just the kind of attitude that we need to make the (human) world a better and more livable place. Her work is part of what prompted me to become vegetarian decades ago and her ideas of effective political action on the individual level inspire me. Rock on, Citizen Moore Lappé!

“Participating in democracy is the essence of a good life.”   

–Moore Lappé

 

Jalopy, a self-portrait

 

This is the unfinished final project from my first semester at woodworking school; the assignment was to make a box of some sort with hinges. My classmates made large boxes for storage–some of them turned out beautifully–but I had run out of wood so I made a series of boxes with various elements (different angles, finishes, cuts, hinges, etc…) to try to cover the things we’d learned over the semester using the scraps I still had and pieces I could scrounge from the trash bins.

I really did learn some new things doing this piece, which was a bit too ‘arty’ for the class, frankly. A picture of it, still unfinished, with the roof (beautiful wood!) is below. I really should finish it and take a few pix before I disassemble it and put lids on the boxes for actual use. (I don’t think the instructor understood my approach, but, whatevs…I got a lot of practice in, which was the point, I thought.)  

House structure made of stack of handmade and finished wooden boxes
Jalopy, a self-portrait from later middle-age. Various techniques and materials.

Mass Transit is part of our answer

10/10/19  This is an incredibly interesting/horrifying article in the New York Times:

The Most Detailed Map of Auto Emissions in America

by Nadja Popovich and

This map shows you the levels in growth of total emissions and per person since 1990  in various urban areas around the US. It’s awful. But not hopeless! Look around your community for answers and get on board!

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In celebration of the new fixed route transit system that started in my town this Monday, I am posting a link to a re-broadcast of a really wonderful radio program about mass transit: On the Media‘s show, “Whose Streets?”

Green it up!

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Here’s some more stuff for paddle fans–this one promotes environmentalism, environmental awareness and climate change awareness. I’m planning on adding another layer of leaves to the foliage and trimming the sheet like the brown one in the upper left. The wooden stick will be the ‘trunk.’ Several of the typefaces I have to choose from are pretty beaten up, but I think that’s okay…it fits in with this message pretty well.

(Also, maybe I should add: the paper is cast offs from a local print shop, most of the sticks are re-used and the ink is hella old…I’m trying to make the most use of materials on hand…)

 

paper stencil silk screen t-shirts!

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Hey, here are a couple of t-shirts from one of the participants in the silkscreen t-shirt sesh I held the other day… It was good fun and everyone there seemed to learn something edifying. It was rewarding to see everyone find something that they were interested in trying, and the results, well, they speak for themselves!

My last bit of work from my woodworking course…

Handmade, custom-designed desk and drawer. Blue and red and hickory wood.
Here’s Appaloosa and the little blue cube, together, as I intended. (Drawer face on desk still needed…)

Here is the desk set, in its right place. I love it and it works well here. It rolls along the floor well, too, and should be of service all over the house. Nice. This is the last project from my woodworking course. I learned a lot over these two years and, once I catch up on my sleep, I will start looking for a way to continue to make large wooden objects.

‘Appaloosa’

Appaloosa_nearly finished!
The table’s done except for a missing drawer face. The holes are for s-hooks and other hanging tools. The drawer is for pencils, etc, so it’s cool that it’s so shallow. Because of the coloring and how I did the legs, I’m calling it “Appaloosa.”

Here’s my table, just about ready to roll on home!

inflatables

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A shot from the woodworking classroom–my classmate was looking for a tight inner mold for his veneer and, after trying some inner tubes, tried this fitness ball, inflated with the air hose. I have no idea where the ball came from–did he just have one around?

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These are images of a similar use of inflatables from a collaborative art effort during grad school (The Happiness Detail). The inner tube was pretty effective, but it took all three of us to manage it at every step…huge and heavy.

‘Shop Class’ at home

Okay, chair #2 is finished and resting comfortably at home. The finish was a little more complicated than I’d planned, but turned out just about right. First, a coat of grey stain, which was too close a match for the fabric, so I sanded a lot of it off. Next, a coat of aqua stain, which was too fussy looking, so I sanded most of that off and covered it with a sparing coat of the grey, again. Final coat, wipe-on poly. Overall, it looks good, is a surprisingly comfortable seat and I learned a lot. I’m glad I chose to do two very different kinds of chair (this one, ‘Shop Class,’ and ‘La Piña’) and am already thinking about trying one of them again in the spring; I still have plenty to learn and plenty to express and the second try should go a lot quicker.