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A Norfolk Island Pine Vase…

A bit over 4 years ago while going to our local Family History Center one evening I spotted a large stack of wood on the curb in front of a house on Crestview Ave.

On the way back home I stopped to see what the wood was and as soon as I recognized what it was put all I could in the back of the car, and went back early the next morning to rescue the rest of it.

Most of this I have turned and sold, but still have a couple of pieces left.

I decided to see what was inside one of the remaining pieces and this is what I found:

Norfolk Island Pine is amazing as after I have finished turning and sanding it I place it in a bucket full of Walnut Oil and let it soak for a few days. Once it is saturated with oil the wood slowly becomes translucent.

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Making a raw edged Live Oak Bowl

A couple of months a neighbor across the street had a perfectly healthy Live Oak removed from their front yard.

We were leaving to go set up at the Temecula Art & Street Painting Festival when the tree cutters were just getting started but I asked them for some of the larger pieces which they were kind enough to stack in our yard.

So far I have made 5 bowls like this which come out rather nice.

You just have to be REALLY CAREFUL doing these as you can end up with a few sprained finger like you read about.

I have several small bowls from this wood and then I got the idea to try a raw edge bowl from it.

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A weekend at the mall, er Galleria!

A new event we went to was the SoCalEtsy Guild at the Galleria at Tyler in Riverside.

This is held on the fourth weekend of every month, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The spaces are much smaller than what we are used to, but at least are inside.

We arrived about 7:00 am and after figuring out which entrance to use and where to park we got everything brought in and set up.

While it was nice to be inside a nice air conditioned location sales were disappointing to put it mildly.

The lesson learned here is even though we were at the foot of the escalator most of the foot traffic was focused on where they were going and we might as well have been invisible.

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Another wood gathering adventure!

While working in the back yard a couple of weeks ago I could hear someone’s car or truck being worked on in the alley behind the house.

I went to check and a neighbor behind us was working on a rather unique looking truck.

After telling me about the truck he also told me about some wood someone had dumped in a vacant lot near by and we climbed in and went for the wood.

There were two large pieces that we could just barely lift in to the truck. It appears to be from a large pine tree.

After checking on YouTube I learned this thing is one of the ultimate 4X4 vehicles out there.

You can see one in action:

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Father’s Day 2018 at the Museum…

Father’s Day 2018 was spent at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista CA.

This is actually of my favorite places to visit for any reason, but to go there and sell things makes it even better.

On two weekends in June and October each year they have lots of machinery running as well as a “Tractor Parade”.

Besides the collection of tractors there is a row of stationary gas engines and a row of steam engines.

The small gas engines have a bit of nostalgia as the person who treated out seed grain in Lewiston, Utah all those years ago used a small engine like these to power the process.

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A trip to Running Springs

On May 12th we went to a craft fair in Running Springs, located in the San Bernardino Mountains.

We left home about 7:00 am and drove up to the event. We arrived about 8:00 am and began setting up for the fair.

Overall I think there were about 40 vendors with a variety of products.

The sun was out and it looked to be a nice morning with a bit of cloud cover but not too much.

After setting up the weather began to get colder and a fog moved in.

By noon we were glad to have brought a portable propane heater with us.

At the close of the event we packed up as quickly as we could and headed home.

By now the fog was really thick and visibility was quite limited. When we got to the Main Street to leave there was a head on accident and we had to go around the block a bit to avoid it.

Once again to prove that there is really an evil prankster hidden in Google Maps it took home in a completely different direction than we use to get there. The fog continued almost until we got to San Bernardino but we did make it home.

If the weather had been better we would have made a better day of if, but I am doubtful if we will go back there at least until the weather becomes warmer than it was that weekend.

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A day at the Riverside Art Market

Saturday April 21, 2018 was the 5th Annual Riverside Art Market.

This was held at the Riverside Art Museum and the Riverside Metropolitan Auditorium in downtown Riverside.

We began our set up on Friday from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

I returned Saturday at 8:00 am and finished setting up and was ready for business when the Market opened at 11:00 am.

We had a very good day of sales which included some of everything we took.

There was also entertainment wandering about.

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Nearby wood gathering

Two recent adventure gathering wood near by.

One was a lot of small branches from some sort of Ficus trees. This will make a lot of cups, vases and other things.

The second was located just at the end of our block where a Jacaranda tree had to be removed due to termite damage. So far I have rough turned about 20 bowls and expect to end up with 50 to 60 bowls when finished.

The bowls range from 6 to 16 inches in diameter. Most are between 10 and 12 inches.

After roughing out the bowls they are packed in paper bags filled with shavings to slow down the drying process to help reduce cracking.