Welcome to 2014

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January’s weather has been back and forth: very cold, then warming with rain then back to the deep freeze.  This picture shows a cold front coming in on the west wind.  It was 40° during the day and went town to -2° that night.  Pretty dramatic, a straight line of clouds, peeled back to a clear, windy sky.

GabeThis being an even year, it was time for the  Maine Crafts Association’s biennial Inspired Hand exhibit at the Atrium Gallery, USM in Lewiston, ME.  As usual, it was a superb display of the talent we have here in Maine: glass, jewelry, weaving, batik, baskets, sculpture, clay and metal.  I had my Angel Gabriel weathervane, above, on display.  The original was a sheet copper vane on the Universalist church in Newburyport, MA in 1840.  Mine is made carved white pine gilded with 23k gold.  The directionals were found at an antique shop.

Thanks to Carl Little, juror, and Robyn Holman curator, for yet another extraordinary exhibit.

shopIn the shop, there were numerous small projects.  Jon Binzen was up for two days shooting photos for two FWW articles:  Turning Knobs on the Drillpress, and Building a Shop Stool.  I built a shorter version of my kitchen stool.  The following week I had two Haystack armchairs to build.  Both projects are shown, above, and both await leather seats currently at the upholsterer’s shop.

 C. H. Becksvoort © 2014.

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