Latest obsession…

wood shop class!!! I’ve been continually taking this class since last spring. I love learning and understanding tools further than an electric drill. It also gives me a chance to step away from the computer. 

Below, I’m practicing on a scroll saw. Not sure what I’ll be making yet.

 Instead of starting a simple project likes birdhouse, I’ve been taking on my to-do-projects I’ve been wanting to make just so I can learn a new tool.

  Using corner clamps to keep my angles straight and together for my new sliding closet doors.

 I did a lot of sanding when I repurposed this wood counter piece to chopping boards. I don’t even remember the name of the tool I used to make the “gutters” in the cutting boards I made (see above). 

 Used a biscuit machine to join and assemble my new outdoor cedar planter. Learned to use an air pressured nail gun to make a compost sifter. 

 Built a modern dog house for a friend, which their cat has taken clam on it now.

 Work in progress: stripped and refinishing an Eames elliptical table. The movers had chipped the original laminate and bent one of the metal legs. Grrrrr! 

I am by no means an expert. I still a slight fear of shiny spinning saws. I still have a lot to learn about all the tools in the shop as I work and build on different projects. Also it helps to have a great teacher who helps guide me along all my crazy projects.


Checking off a project

As I get older, I realize I want less crap or it may have to find its way out of this house. So I’m slowly chipping away at all the little projects I’ve accumulated over the years.

First thing on the agenda: dinner napkins. I finally made use of the Marimekko scraps I couldn’t throw away. It took a bit to prep but I think it came out pretty well.

My kinda dog

Having just been in Berlin, I actually don’t get the craze for currywurst. It’s basically a deep fried hot dog. Cut into pieces. Doused in ketchup and sprinkled with curry powder. But hey, each to their own stomach, eh?

I might be biased here but Chicago-style hotdogs are so much better. Here’s my concoction of a Chicago-style:

  • uncured beef hotdogs
  • sweet relish
  • organic tomato slices(from the garden)
  • hot pickled green beans,
  • raw chopped onions
  • grainy dusseldorf mustard(German mustard is awesome)
  • a dash of celery salt
  • soft poppy seed bun.