Cedar Vase Collection

I should probably hand this post over to my husband since I just take the photos. The design is all him but atleast I get to gape at the inspiration that has been coming off of his lathe these days! The cedar wood that a friend gave him has been yielding such interesting shapes and colors for his latest collection of hollow vases. The look unreal! I don't want to post them to our etsy shop because I'm being extremely selfish - they look perfect as a set. Now I just need a wildflower garden to keep them perpetually full of complimentary flowers.


Wood Turning

Most days while I'm upstairs weaving and watching reruns of Star Trek, my talented hubby is downstairs working on his own artistic hobby - and it is much more exciting to watch than mine is! The result of his work is beautiful wooden bowls in all shapes, colors and sizes. I have piles of them on my desk to catch all of my supplies. The live edge designs are my favorite. They are unpredictable and each one is unique, just like the wood that they come from. 
Wood turning reminds me of our shared love for ceramics... except for the sharp tools & solid chunk of heavy wood that is spinning super fast. When the wood is securely attached to a wooden laithe it spins fast enough that he can shave parts away. He begins by shaping the outside and then turns the bowl around to hollow out the inside. In between the two he sands them smooth, oils them to bring out the grain and puts a protective coat ontop so they are very durable.
 If you don't follow me on Instagram yet, I love posting updates from both of our 'studios'. Videos of the turning process always amaze me. Sometimes I find myself watching youtube channels of master turners working in double speed.


Home Update

Remember that crazy decision we had a couple months ago to build a home? Well, we haven't backed down yet! We just finished our second inspection, which means it still looks like a pile of wood & concrete, but it's almost over its awkward stage. God blessing, it should move pretty fast now - only 3 months to go!
The waiting game hasn't been hard at all. We've loved our Friday traditions of getting sandwiches for lunch, taking the schnauzees to the dog park near our new lot (seriously, the BEST off leash park we have found in Houston) and then stopping by our home and checking out the progress. I've been tempted more than once to take a plate of cookies to our builders on Fridays... you know, to butter them up to do an A+ job on our home. ;) 
 We feel so thankful that we have been blessed with great neighbors & wonderful memories at our current apartment. A part of me will continue to hold my breath incase worse comes to worse and our new house falls through, blows up or collapses... in which case I know we will make the best of it!But so far so good and I can't wait to see what memories this new pile of sticks brings.