Archive for July 2014 | Monthly archive page
It’s a way of keeping grounded.
As Malcolm Gladwell once said “we cannot separate ourselves from where we’ve been.” Growing up on a farm with tools in hand and a job to do…that’s my context. Dirt connects me to what Wendell Berry calls “the gift of good land.” It is another way to cultivate a life that feeds the need we all have for hands-on accomplishment.
Oh yeah, the sweet corn and carrots fresh from the garden are the only way to go! So I’m thinking it might even make me a better saddlemaker!
This spring and summer seems like the busiest time this year. Just one of the projects I’m working on is this year’s TCAA saddle. In my visits with my co-conspirator Scott Hardy we came up with this idea of a dyed border that would frame up the saddle. It is always an anxious process when you pick up a brush, dip it into alcohol based dye and hope for the best on the leather. So far no major catastrophes.
I taught a design and floral carving class at Christoval, Texas in June. We had ten students who spent one day working on paper learning principles of design and a systematic way of laying visual information down. The second day featured instruction on swivel knife work, and stamping tool selection and use. I was very happy with how this class went. I don’t often teach at a location other than my own shop, but it went well.
Here’s a list of the folks who attended: