Obtaining the perfect tree.


Today I learned that I can get a permit to cut some small White Oak trees in the Kettle Moraine State Forest—Southern Unit.  According to my research the best time to cut is in the spring.  Unfortunately, here in Wisconsin, the oak wilt disease is a huge problem.  To help control its spread, no cutting of any oak tree is allowed from April through July.  Now that is a catch 22.

2014 ACC Baltimore sans Moated Chess Table

The show is in just a couple weeks and I am getting psyched.  A new piece is being completed for the show.  It will still be warm from the oven by showtime.  Nothing is packed and the business kit is waiting for a refresh specific to this show.  I need to get a photo session completed before I can start with the latest sell sheets.

Basketry, the next challange?



Last year I became aware of Leon Neihues, a basketmaker from Arkansas.  I believe there was mention of his work in the American Craft Magazine.  Once I saw this basket of his my soul was stirred.

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