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Are You a Maker? - II

I'm stealing

Craig Cmehil 's post here.

I liked seeing the thing people do. I had posted some pyrography art I did. These are my newest ones this year. Still a longs ways to go to master this craft. It's a boring day and the coffee corner seems a bit dead. So what the heck... I'll throw this up.

Lets see what other folks are doing during their lock downs!

These lab pieces were done for a fundraiser (silent auction) for a non-profit that trains labs as service dogs, mostly physical handicapped, heart, diabetes and seizure alert dogs. The fundraiser was cancelled thanks to Covid. I wasn't crazy about the first one so i redesigned it and did it again. I guess these will go to auction next spring at their fundraiser.

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  • Jul 24, 2020 at 07:34 PM

    Seems I can only post two pictures per comment... oh well..

    This first one was part of a online project in a forum on pyrography. It was done primarily to try to learn and improve my use of a shading tool. Lets see how many know what it is from. I was clueless myself originally,

    This one is a memorial piece for a friend that lost their dog. (a different one than the bloodhound ornament memorial piece I posted in the original Are You a Maker post). Don't get bloodhounds... short life spans... The day after his dog died a red tail hawk landed next to his chair as he sat in his back yard. He said it just sat there for like 5 minutes with him. Basically doing nothing. Just sitting with him. He said he felt calmed by it and that he knew he did the right thing by putting his dog down as hard as it was. He has never seen a red tail hawk in his yard or even in his neighborhood, town or city. He lives on Long Island outside of New York City.

    In American Indian folk lore the hawk is believed to bring messages from the Great Sprit and from the "other side". Whatever your other side may be. So I Knew I had to include the hawk in the piece.

    It gets even weirder. In my neighborhood, I do have red tail hawks. (My neighbor with chickens is NOT a fan! LOL. Of course its probably why we have them! LOL). When I was almost done this piece, I found a pristine, very large red tail hawk feather right next to my deck, So that will be incorporated in the framing of this.

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  • Jul 28, 2020 at 06:20 PM

    I've been taking an online class on weaving tapestry on small looms. This is my first practice piece, which just came off the loom and which I haven't finished yet - I still need to weave in the ends. I was playing with weaving curves.


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    • Jul 29, 2020 at 02:47 PM

      Nice! I'm sure that takes a lot of patience to complete. Good luck when you move onto non-practice pieces!

  • Jul 29, 2020 at 12:06 AM

    Those pyrographs (is that the right term?) are wonderful. I love the story about the bloodhound and the hawk visit, too. Thanks so much for sharing this here.

    I'm not so much of a maker, but I am a chicken flock keeper and organic gardener. Do either of these count even though they're both just ways of helping nature "make" some of my food?

    • Jul 29, 2020 at 02:43 PM

      I think they count!

      i don't garden. (wife does but she doesn't garden for food).

      This year with COVID I've seen a lot of folks start up small gardens. When I grew up everyone had some type of garden. Even if it was just a single tomato plant. But that was because my folks generation grew up during the world wars and it was considered a duty to have a food garden if you could so the majority of the commercial farms output went to feeding the soldiers. That tradition has been largely dying out since than.

      I'm thinking of adding in a small garden close to my koi pond. It would be a hydroponics/bog garden using the waste water from the pond when we backwash and clean the filters every 3-5 days.

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