Photos from Puerto Vallarta

two quick gal­leries with­out any edit­ing work — Mine: http://​black​do​gand​mag​pie​.net/​g​a​l​l​e​r​i​e​s​/​i​n​d​e​x​.​p​h​p​?​a​l​b​u​m​=​l​a​r​a​s​ — ​r​o​u​g​h​ — ​cut Jim’s: http://​black​do​gand​mag​pie​.net/​g​a​l​l​e​r​i​e​s​/​i​n​d​e​x​.​p​h​p​?​a​l​b​u​m​=​p​u​e​r​t​o​ — ​v​a​l​l​a​r​t​a-1


I took a PMC (pre­cious met­al clay) work­shop with Mered­ith Arnold last week­end. It took about 8 hours to make these four pieces in a class room. They are con­struc­tion sam­ples so fin­ish qual­i­ty is low. PMC is nice to work with. The tools can be very sim­ple and it real­ly does work like mod­el­ing clay. […]

Purple Book

I seem to be on a roll here with the pur­ple stuff. This is a quick book bind­ing project. The text block was pur­chased from Paper Source. It comes with cov­er boards but with­out a spine board. Japan­ese paper and book cloth. I like this long for­mat for guest books or albums.

Stenciling a Three Panel Screen

In order to hide the backs of a num­ber of mon­i­tors and com­put­ers in Jim’s office we put up a cheap three pan­el screen. It’s very bor­ing thing. But… the pan­els are white “can­vas” and that means they don’t have to stay bor­ing. So I final­ly found a sten­cil that I want­ed to use in […]

Purple is a Good Thing

Took an uphol­stery class at Pacif­ic Fab­rics over the week­end. I want to make new cush­ions for the porch fur­ni­ture. The result of about 5 hours of work is this love­ly and quite use­less cush­ion. I like the drip effect of the stripes and dots. It’s not as hard as I thought but not easy either. […]

The Ice Trial, Gold Bar, WA Feb 1, 2009

Well, here we are at the start of a new tri­als sea­son. I hadn’t got­ten near­ly as much prac­tice over the win­ter as I’d hoped, part­ly due to the pres­sures of my job, and part­ly due to the 2 FEET of snow we had around christ­mas! yikes. That is real­ly unusu­al for west­ern Wash­ing­ton, and […]