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A Spiritual Experience in the Material World

 I want to start out by saying that I grew up at an environment where money was used to express how much better people were than others.  Wealth was used as a way to say that I have something you can’t have. And I must say I never liked that very much. So for me, when I walk into a store that has such monetary wealth in it I feel lesser than, and I’m not very comfortable. Read more

Bern Baby Bern

Bern was founded in 1191 and joined the Swiss Confederation in 1353. Among other things it’s a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site and it is where Einstein came up with his famous equation E=MC^2. Needless to say it has ALOT of history. So I started out at the Swiss Museum of History and  followed that with the Einstein Museum.  The History Museum was amazing, if you ever wanted to know how a small country ended up in the middle of Europe like this, Read more

Lucerne 

So Lucerne his a historical town in Switzerland. It’s main feature is a wall and nine towers built back starting in the 1400s. It’s old town is filled with restaurants, shops, and tourists from all over the world. There are endless sidewalk cafés and restaurants beckoning.   A mix of French, German and English is spoken here, but it is officially in the German side of Switzerland. Talking about a split personality. Read more

Timeless Geneva

This is my get to know Switzerland quick plan. I have landed in Geneva and spent today walking around, tomorrow I am hitting Lucerne and then Bern for a day. Then back to Geneva to meet up with my buddy Grant Read more

My New Little Buddy 

You might call me anal, you might call me obsessive, you might even call me totally obsessed and you would be right on all fronts. I have been blessed with the ability to travel and to continue to refine my travel kit along the way.  So now we are at Camino 2.0 level. Read more

Explore Austin Young Men of 2017

Here are just a few shots of our wonderful trip to Colorado for our summer wilderness trip with the young men of Explore Austin 2017. The trip was awesome, the boys were perfect, the weather was as good as we could ever have hoped for!

We sorely missed Daniel and Ray. Daniel had to be evacuated due to appendicitis and Ray stepped up to go with him to the hospital and support him during his surgery. We carrIed  their spirits with us to the top! Which was, by the way, the lightest thing we carried! Read more

Happy Mistakes

I have been working on this project for close to six weeks now.  For that time, I have limited my activities as much as possible to this work, helping family and caring for my health.  So I get up, do some yoga or jogging, and get after it.  I average about 4-6 hours a day in the shop.  I have logged over 80 hours so far and I am pretty sure about 30 of those hours have been fixing mistakes along the way.  But since I am on no schedule, each mistake takes on the sense of adventure that asks the question “now how am I gonna fix this?”  Read more

Uncertainty at Every Corner

I never realized that uncertainty was a companion until I read this quote from my current read, Art & Fear:

“Uncertainty is the essential, inevitable and all pervasive companion to your desire to make art. And tolerance for uncertainty is the prerequisite to succeeding.”

It seems like at every twist and turn of this table I am sitting back to scratch my head Read more

The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good

I ran across the saying, which is the title of this post, in a old classic called Art & Fear.  Ansel Adams was quoted and the topic was how perfectionism gets in the way of our being creative.  This desk is that piece for me.  Another title to this might be “How to Get the Monkey off Your Back”.  I have been ‘working’ on this project since October of last year.  I began by asking Shota Yamaguchi, a very talented, young and prolific custom furniture maker to help design me an office desk.  He did and he did an Read more

Coffee Anyone??

Well, I finished the coffee table and here are some progress shots to give you all a little insight to the process.  Let’s just say that I understand completely and thoroughly why custom furniture is always quoted at 12 weeks.  It just takes that long, no matter how simple it might look.  I have thoroughly enjoyed the process so here it is, I hope you do too.  I would like to thank Phil Edgerton at Edgeworks Design for the metal base.  The Read more

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