This past weekend I presented a table at the North Jersey Woodcarvers’ 31st Annual Wood Carving and Art Show and Sale. As usual there are many things made by talented craftspeople to spark imagination and inspire.
My carvings were on display through the NJ Woodcarvers in previous years, but this is the first year with my own table. My time-lapse carving videos displayed on a monitor including some never before seen projects. Also, a selection of my carvings and woodworking were on display and whirligig parts were available for sale.
It was fun sharing a weekend with old friends as well as making new friends. I purchased art from artist Anthony Santella who also gifted a few old clockworks (I’ll do something with these someday). I carved a bunch of stars as well as practicing carving wooden pliers. One of my pliers attempts concluded abruptly with a nice cut on my thumb. Luckily Amy reminded me to pack Band-aids.
Recently Amy and I joined an evening painting class at the Yard School in Montclair, NJ. Class is going well and we’re having fun and learning new skills. Purchasing the necessary materials was a job in itself; transporting the heaps of supplies to class in an organized manner proved equally overwhelming.
After the first class I returned home and constructed a handled box similar to an old fashioned toolbox. This toolbox transported the original supplies easily to our second lesson. As the second lesson concluded the teacher provided an expanded list of paints. The original list required four paints, the expanded paint list included thirteen additional colors. Our storage required expansion while maintaining a small footprint to accommodate the tight quarters of the artist’s studio.
Because Amy and I are sharing the paint I designed storage doubling as a handy paint tray. The box for the paint tubes fits inside the toolbox. The two doors on top of the paint box open two hundred and seventy degrees flush with the sides of the box. Each door includes a slot cut through the center allowing the paint tray to saddle the toolbox handle. This design seems to work well for our needs and hopefully will be used a few weeks before requiring a redesign.