r/w Chestnut Collection

I acquire most of my wood from trees felled by landowners looking to simply clear the wood from the property. Much of the wood are from trees deemed a nuisances. I have mentioned this blessing and curse in previous posts. Generally the wood has many solid parts of the wood. Unfortunately, much of the wood…

My American Landscape XLVIII

A Year of Snow and Cold (for we in the Inland Northwest) Almost a year ago we were already several weeks into our ‘winter wonderland’. This post is being written during the last week/first week of December. We had a few days of snow in the middle of October. My response – “I am not…

r/w Black Locust the Collection to Date

Common Here in the Inland Northwest When first starting on my journey of wood turning I discovered almost immediately a few truths: One, I can have all the pine a person could possibly use. Two, the tree most likely to be given away is the Black Locust. Three, the best trees to harvest are the…

My American Landscape XLVII

  Floating Somewhere Between Here and There Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be so small that no person knows of your existence? Has that same wonder placed you back in the womb of your mother? Imagine the sounds, the sights, the gentle jouncy of rhythmic movements. The gentle rising and…

r/w – Siblings from the Same Branch

  When Cracks Change An Idea They were two rounds created months ago. Both American Elm, both from the same branch, tree, both appeared similar. But when they were on the lathe, they each revealed different personalities. One was solid. A confident piece ready to become anything. Just the slightest cutting reveal veins with complex…

My American Landscape XLV

Pacific harbor seals – ‘The Dogs of the Sea” Pacific harbor seals have spotted coats in a variety of shades from white or silver-gray to black or dark brown. They reach five to six feet (1.7-1.9 m) in length and weigh up to 300 pounds (140 kg). Males are slightly larger than females. They are…

My American Landscape XLIV

Wood and Steel: When the camera has a mind of its own This post is dedicated to my fellow photographers, creatives, writers, journalists, and lovers of life. It is with admiration that I watch you live your lives as contributors to our understanding of our life on our precious blue orb. Floating in our existence,…

My American Landscape XLIII

Reflections of Fibonacci Water, sand, sky and clouds. Leonardo Bonacci, Leonardo of Pisa, Leonardo Pisano Bigollo, or Leonardo Fibonacci, had to have been a beach child. Nope. Pretty sure the only time he spent near water was with the merchants of the Mediterranean where he learned, refined and defined the Hindu-Arabic form of mathematics. One…

My American Landscape XLII

Leadbetter State Park, Washington, USA The state of Washington is famous for its volcanoes, mountain ranges, cities, multitude of water accesses, island archipelagos and my favorite, oyster beds. These images are from the far north end of Leadbetter State Park. Dune forests are unique in the state. Lush and dry within a few yards of…

My American Landscape XLI

Miracles – Light’s Journey I am reading Neil DeGrasse Tysen’s book “Black Holes, . . . ” As an astrophysicist, his concerns are all things outside of our immediate globe. The last chapter was concerned with how the Sun provides light here on Earth. Without going into great detail, it is a miracle that we…

My American Landscape XL

Lost in the Land of Dry Farming I always feel awkward when I am not able to locate where I made images. This is one of those moments. We are somewhere West of Starbuck, WA. Cell phone service is null and void. More times than I would like to remember. When out in the Palouse,…