Hurricane Sandy missed much of Williamsburg, and our shop escaped undamaged aside from a single window pane that separated and blew in. We did some volunteer work, helping some people in Redhook, Brooklyn by delivering needed supplies. That felt good.
So today I set up my shop-built pantographic carving machine, and began a limited run of men’s and women’s bracelets today. It is a fun change from the cheese boards, and very satisfying already. In the photo are some of the cherry wood blanks, looking very pale! Resin is poured into the carved voids. The wood will darken and color very deeply after some oil and sun (like people.) Next week the walnut blanks will be started. The finished bracelets in the photo are walnut.
It seems that many of the things I create here start out looking odd, and nothing like the finished product they will become. I enjoy this, and as time goes by, I begin to believe that this is a quality of many well made things. Have you ever seen those envelopes of dress patterns, or watched a potter with a lump of clay? I love these transformations. If I manage to pour some resin tonight, then next week will reveal the successes of the new pattern.