Table and Time

ImageThis is our dining table.  I made it from a Giant Redwood Burl slab acquired for just $50.  After months of working it off and on, this was the result.  There are about 30 coats of polyurethane and it’s all so solid.  Photos can’t convey the true color and intense burl features in this piece.  It’s fantastic!  Cat preferred legs from 4″ steel tubing – and I used 1×4 tubing for the stretchers.  When our Grandson was just about 2 he loved to sit at the right end – all to himself.  How we miss him – perhaps his Mom and he can return from Honduras very soon!  We miss them both so much.

Time.  Monday my shoulder Doc released me to light shop work, physical therapy, no more sling (!!!) and personally very important – riding my Chopper!  YEA!!!!!  But, the next morning I had another but unrelated surgery – 5 total hours for everything – and some rather intense special care for a week to ten days.  I’ve tried to be a good patient for the two months since the shoulder – now just a bit more time to heal from this one.  I’m so far behind on orders and so on, but it’ll just have to wait for now.  Yes, I’m a bit frustrated, but patient.

Two days ago our daughter was managing her store early morning when an example of life’s lowest forms committed an armed robbery on her.  She was slightly injured, but did get a great description and license plate number.  Fingerprints were taken by the cops as well.  I’m so terrified for her safety and so incredibly proud of her sense of duty and honor.  This Da Da is worried about his 40 year old daughter.  Please help send her all the good vibes, thoughts, and prayers you can.  We are.


Saddle Stands

ImageAt the request of a dear friend awhile back I designed and produced a number of Very nice saddle stands.  While I still have a few of  them left, most are living in lady caves, dens and man caves around the Southwest.  It’s yet another example of the great joy I find in developing new product!

I’m still prohibited from getting into heavy shop work.  It’s still difficult to extend my left arm at all, and can’t lift anything with it.  Monday I find if it’s permissible to return to work, ride my chopper, and start PT.  The next day surgery will be just a blip – I will be able to work thru some of that recovery time.  Friday we deliver the Foster Harley to the buyer in Alamogordo.  Now, with a degree of finality, we can close that very dark chapter of our motorcycle experience.  The weather is improving though winds still sometimes bothersome.  We saw very many two-wheelers on the road when we went to Socorro this morning for a delightful lunch at Pizza Hut – and picked up our 2013 tax returns from Rick at Beckham & Penner.  Fantastic people.  I’m about to order my new planer – a Powermatic helix head 15″ 230v model!  I can attest to those cutters – I installed one on my Grizzly 8″ parellelogram jointer  last year and it yields perfectly smoothed joint edges that are like glass and polished!  Remarkable!  I look forward to my Powermatic Jointer having the very same results for especially bench tops!

I’ll let you know how the important events of Monday and Tuesday turn out sometimes next week.