[Most Recent Entries]
Below are the 20 most recent journal entries recorded in
[ << Previous 20 ]
[ << Previous 20 ]
|Monday, October 12th, 2015|
Last summer, a new aquaintence did me a great favor by volunteering to empty a vacated apartment above mine of its furniture, I can't work out how she managed to get things like a full sized bed down the steps and set up on the first floor within three hours. Current Mood: determined
The one problem with Trixie-Chan's expedience and persistance is that I ended up with many large pieces of furniture stowed around the first floor that I had not planned on keeping.
Yesterday I began weeding out furnitue that in part included a few pieces of Trixie-Chan's impressive haul. I've managed to give away two old bureaus, and one small chest of drawers. Near the curbside are currently two pre-1980's coffee tables. Behind them is a sandwich board with a neon gren sign that says 'FREE STUFF". Each table has a note taped down that reads ; "Please Take!" If they go away overnight, I will wrestle a large, black, hardwood bureau I've had for about 20 years out of my apartment over to the furniture dock I've set up ouside. This set of drawers is almost as tall as i am. I will be able to repace it with a desk/vaniy that has been tucked away for at least 3 years.
'Phys-obTetris'... not a game for the weak of heart!
|Monday, May 6th, 2013|
|Time to slither back online...
I've not been keeping up with any significant social networking since February, I think. No particular significance, other than giving in to "artistic temperment ".
I've been preserving bird feet, wings, skins and done some tanning since I last checked in here. I am also working on my first set of *human* bone runes. I'm almost done with the carving part. I'll be coloring them with iron gall ink.
|Friday, January 4th, 2013|
|Getting back to posting online...
I took a multi-month hiatus from both reading & posting on blogs and interest groups online. I was only checking e-mails that went into my primary personal e-mail address. I didn't go on a life-changing adventure, I haven't been greviously ill, or anything else comparable. It's been long enough that many of the bloggy services I have used in the past have changed their formats in some way or other (I am not expecting that Facebook has become any more user-friendly).
On this end of the keyboard, I have recently turned 40. When I woke up on my birthday, one of the first things that came to mind was along this line:
"Huh.... I suddenly feel less inhibited about making pronouncements such as 'Hey... you kids... GET OFF MY LAWN'"
|Sunday, April 15th, 2012|
|Arrgh... disruption to my creative chaos.
Today I received a call from the out-of-state landlord saying that he intends to come to my building to check out progress to repairs on the roof. I've got 3-4 major custom projects going on, and I'd really prefer to leave them out in their current workspace areas until completed. I'm going to try and see if I can get through the one that takes up the most space in an area he's likely to want to take a walk through. Failing that, I may have to throw together a special set of brackets in my living space to keep it off the floor while he toodles around semi-public to public areas of the building. At least I have about a week before the visit.... three months would have been *tons* more ideal!
|Monday, April 9th, 2012|
|What Time Is It *Now* ?
This year I am experiencing a significant change in my late spring/ early summer routine. I am not doing any formal teaching at any Beltane gatherings this season, and I am not currently planning on vending at any major festivals this summer. There is no shortage of things that need doing here at my shop (both the ol' brick & mortar and "work shop" aspect).
|Friday, March 16th, 2012|
|5 Days Before Columbine Massacre Memorial Day
On April 20, 1999 I was working downtown at "The Newsroom", Worcester's largest retailer of magazines and newspapers. I was a stockperson, two years out of college. I was working several small part time jobs, and trying to get a business of my own off the ground.
I don't remember when the store's large screen TV started showing footage of the chaos outside of Columbine High. I recall, however, finding it increasingly difficult to keep my attention on unbundling & filing my new paper charges and logging the old ones as I removed them. Over the next few days and for weeks and months afterwards, I would see dozens of snippets from newscasts relating to the massacre at Columbine High. The images of blood, bodies, weeping parents and numb students were sad and bad enough on their own. It was the media frenzy surrounding the witch hunt in the aftermath that slowly started to enrage me. "Trench coats" were banned in public schools all over the US- including "liberal" Massachusetts. "Gays, goths & Marylin Manson" were on the lips of people who clearly out of their minds and talking out of their asses. Publicity stunts guising as memorials, tent revivals and anti-bullying programs seemed to spring up like spring crocuses through New England snow.
What really got to me were images of a highschool girl with dyed black hair and running mascara weeping in front of a press conference pleading that she was sorry... so sorry for what had happened. She was introduced as a student who "knew" or "was familiar" with the perpetrators by the talking heads on CCN and other news media. Again and again, I caught glimpses of this girl while I was getting morning coffee, picking up prescriptions and going about on mundane business. This clip, more than anything turned my knuckles white and made my blood boil.
This week, I have borrowed a book from one of my customers who is about half my age. The title is "Columbine", and the author's name is David Cullen. There are no photos in this book. The further on I read, the more I appreciate that.
The Columbine Massacre was an event I had no direct connection to. I knew (and know) no-one that was at the highschool the day that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold put their bizarre plan into action a day late, and hundreds of fatalities short of the number they hoped to achieve.... but I still am thinking about it. Thirteen years later, I'm still interested in learning what the heck happened, before, during and after the two teenagers put guns to their own heads, and blew out their brains.
I'll be lighting a candle on the 20th. I doubt I'll be the only one to do so.
Columbine Quote of the Day #1:
"1 Bleeding to death" .
|Friday, December 30th, 2011|
|Who is making the molded/casted costume ears? Lookin' to buy or trade
More than a few moons ago, someone posted samples of cast animal ears for costumes. I may be interested in a pair for cash or trade. I am looking for a nicely finished product for a spiffy outfit. I don't need them to be made from actual animal ears. No ties or cap should be visible when wearing the final product. I'll reveal specs once we're ready to deal!
|Tuesday, November 1st, 2011|
|State of The Dragon Update: October's End...
About two weeks ago, I spent 4-5 days in New Mexico at a leatherworking convention. I am really happy I went. I learned a great deal from just talking to people with years (as in 25+) more experience in the field, as well as entering my first "guild competition". Not everyone who belongs to a guild sells their work professionally, but the people I met were all pretty serious about preserving & advancing the art of leathercraft in just about all its forms ranging from saddlery made with the latest tool alloys to "primitive arts" produced the "pre-old school way" with hand made antler awls and bone needles! While I did not win any prizes this year, I received helpful criticism and praise on my work. I need to improve my finishing work- edging my pieces properly in particular. I know what the problem is- I've let a few of my older tools go pretty dull, but still used them on projects despite the fact that they left marks that did not contribute to the overall aesthetic of the pieces I have used them on. (D'oh!!!)
This past Monday I experienced something weather-wise that felt kinda surreal... most Americans are familiar with the old Bing Crosby standard "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas". Now there's precedence for writing a "White All Hallows Eve". I know I'm in New England and all, and I've certainly glimpsed snow flurries at O'Dark Thirty in the morning before. However, I've never seen *nearly a foot of snow on the ground* on Halloween! Due to both power outages and sidewalks blocked by damaged trees (I personally think the poor things have been shocked by the unseasonally *warm* weather into "Spring mode" leaving them vulnerable to the sudden brief freezing temperatures) the City of Worcester called a "snow day" for this Thursday so the kids could have a better opportunity to Trick Or Treat. I happen to approve of that. Sometimes local government gets things right on the nose!
|Wednesday, August 10th, 2011|
|Tuesday, June 21st, 2011|
|Back from two weeks of away
I'm back from two weeks of "away". I was presenting at Babalon Rising out in Indiana and then at Free Spirit Gathering in MD. I'm still in "Find Ay Assland", so it may be a little while until I am up to posting any detailed commentary about the trip. However, I'm planning on making Asphodel's Summer Solstice celebration on Sunday, so I'll probably be seeing a few of you there ( :.
|Thursday, May 12th, 2011|
|Meanwhile... back at the ranch...
The latest batch of hides is done- everything is either drying or being broken in. 4 deer hides, 1 deer tail, 1 sheep skin, 1 goat hide, 2 rabbit skins, one goat scrotum (it's a favor for a friend), and about a dozen deer legs (a few with hooves, some without).
Today I sent in my paperwork for my MA taxidermist's license. I may also apply for the Federal one as well.
|Tuesday, April 19th, 2011|
|A Tear Relating to Tanning Hides
Yesterday morning when I woke up, my brain was just not working right. After neutralizing a batch of pickling hide products with baking soda, I became convinced that I hit the wrong bin. I went out and *bought* three pounds of baking soda, began to neutralize the *other* bin, only to discover that originally, *no error had been made*. What a mofo pain in my ass! It took me from 10 in the morning 'till 4 o'clock this afternoon to get the bins set, the solution brewed up on the stove and the skins in the alum treatment.
In the process of tanning are:
-4 deer hides
-1 sheep skin
-1 goat hide
-2 rabbit skins
-1 goat scrotum
-1 deer head
-1 rabbit head
-4 deer legs with hoof material
-8+ deer legs with no hoof material.
They should be ready to "break in" the week after Beltane ( : .
|Saturday, April 16th, 2011|
|Thursday, March 10th, 2011|
|For my own amusement
I don't have any real interest in most club music. However, I was stuck sitting at the nail parlor for awhile, and a Ke$ha video came on that made me go "whaaaa"? Trust me on this. It's like Llisa Frank or Hasboro took some really bad drugs. Here's the link:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CFWX0hWCbng
As a child of the 80's, I have a peculiar little fondness of the video. I don't care about the song.
|Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011|
When angry, count to ten....when very angry, strike flesh with a large hammer.
The current project on the work bench is one of those "when I get-to-it" commissions. Combo mandolin/strap belt. This is the cover for the removable shoulder pad. So far, it's been, by far, the most gratifying part of the project to set into leather. The rest of it has been driving me up a wall. The compass is carved, the letters are stamped. The whole shebang is 5 inches in diameter. The leather is pretty thin- maybe 4 oz. I am hoping to use a new set of dyes if they can arrive in a timely fashion. If not, I'll have to use water colors and spirit dyes.
|Thursday, January 13th, 2011|
|Eccentric Ideas that started with Amber.
As the classic expression goes:
" I was minding my own business when..."
That's when I get my nuttier ideas. Today's nutty ideas started when I was unpacking a small shipment of mineral/ mineral like specimens for the shop. Among the items was a package of jet slabs. They were a few inches long, about a 1/4 inch thick and at least two inches wide in places. I thought to myself "I bet I could carve this stuff". Then I imagined Thor's Hammers and other Norse subjects made of jet... then of course, amber came to mind. Soon, I was visualizing many kinds of objects made from combinations of amber, jet, mammoth ivory, caribou antler and bone.
So, I started poking around the net for sources of raw amber. Of course, the stuff is sold by the gram, and it is not cheap, especially for larger pieces. I was looking at various descriptions of different grades when it struck me: amber is a resin... and so is dragon's blood.
Off I went again. There seem to be a few different plants that "real dragon's blood" resin can come from. One of them is a form of cinnabar. I definitely have seen cinnabar carvings.
See where this is going? I think I might like to practice my inlay and carving with Dragon's Blood resin before moving into amber. Wow. That might be really interesting!
|Tuesday, January 4th, 2011|
I had some surprise sales on Sunday at the shop. I don't usually open on Sundays, but a few customers called and I happened to be in the building just hanging around at home with C. The proceeds allowed me to order a few more leather goods that would come in handy for upcoming projects. So, all in all this has been an "ordersome" week when it comes to hides.
-10 chrome tan goat hides 9 sq. ft each, 3/4 oz (for softer goods- fancy bags, drum covers etc.)
-2 "Indian Tan" cow bellies.10 sq ft each, 7/9 oz (tougher leathers for cases, wallets, collars etc.)
10 Veg Tan bellies (size?) 7/9 oz (tougher leathers, experimental projects such as "black jack" mugs)
I am currently working on a mini pack pack, a holster for a 9mm, a 3x magazine holder for a 9mm, an elaborate belt and have a line up of 5 hides to tan. Oh yeah- a small wholesale drinking horn order too.
I be a busy goat!
|Friday, December 31st, 2010|
|I must be bugnuts.today....
Wow... Not that I presume that anyone reading this journal has any *less* sense than me, but dang... never go looking for supplies online when you are sleep deprived.
Here is an actual auction title that really charmed the pants off o' me:
"Al Queda Afghanistan Goat Skin-Off White-MASSIVE!!"
followed by the following lines along the way....
"I ASK YOU........Where else but from good ole Uncle George can you find closeout prices on 1st quality leathers?? I found a whole stack of Afghan goatskins. These leathers are HUGE!! I think the goats must have hidden in the mountain caves when slaughter time came around, and grew into BEASTS!!"
Hippo Nude Deer 2 Everyone!!!
Baphy the Goat
|Sunday, December 26th, 2010|
|Brooding & a Big Box of Horns.
Had an interesting holiday week.
I had several surprise holiday sales via Etsy. Two of my partners were very sweet and stopped by on my birthday with a chocolate torte and a birthday song. sunastria
spent my entire birthday with me, as well as Christmas. Spent part of Christmas day with fetish666
, which was comforting.
I'm behind on two significant projects. I'll get to them once my head stops spinning.
Was fired from a position on group project for things I did, when push comes to shove, say and do. What I disagree with is what these actions and words may say about my character and the value of what I have contributed in the past and could contribute in the future. Differences in theology and priorities may simply not be reconcilable.
In the meanwhile, there is room for a tuna sandwich and a cup of tea....
|Saturday, December 18th, 2010|
|Go Obama Go! (Goaty Political Op Piece)
The repeal of "Dpn't Ask Don't Tell" has gone through the House and the Senate.
Our President has stated he will sign.
This isn't a poem.
It's a tiny cheering section....GO OBAMA GO!
Thanks to the handful of Republicans who braved the fury of the Neo-Conservative contingent of their party. If I knew who they were, I'd write them thank you notes.