final harvest

final harvest of the season. in the end it was a not so great year in the garden. no peaches, very few strawberries or blueberries due to some animal or another. herbs were great though as were carrots.

and here is the small yield of potatoes. hoping for better next year. time for some massive dirt overturning and composting efforts and maybe reestablishing the edges of all the beds



I've been taking photos of skies during my walks for about 6 months now. No rhyme or reason to it. They just can't include any trees, people, buildings etc... in them. Pure sky

maybe one day I will do something with them.


6 years

6 years of hard work coming together at last


today's harvest

a modest yield for one dinner plate


the measure of ritual - a work in progress

I've been working on this narrative object for almost a year now. It will be part of my "measurement" series of artworks on early measurement systems and ideas about measuring abstract concepts and aspects of the world.

The piece grows out of watching the BBC series - Time Team - and the clearinghouse term "Ritual" which is used seeming when palentologists can't figure out the utilitarian purpose for something. Ritual in the ancestor of organized religion from what I understand.

I still have one more brass magnifying glass arms to buy and position on the third set of objects (the thorns which will have some gold and red detailing applied to them) and then it will be a complete piece. The two structures under the glass domes represent dolmens and a henge which are early worship structures. The figure is the 'everyman' the proto human who we as the godlike observer can view through the magnifying lenses.

(click on the images to embiggen)


today's harvest

due to the snow we had in May I have very few peaches this year. 
the few i do have are pretty peach-riffic.

another new table

padauk and poplar with a glass knob on the drawer. the poplar sides have a grain wrap around the piece. legs are slightly tapered. a new table for beside a couch or in an entryway


not a bouquet

rather, a new entry table

padauk, oak and, I think, legs out of beech

10" x 10" x 32"


today's bouquet

a plethora of peonies


today's bouquet

chives, yarrow, buttercup and privet hedge


today's bouquet

a bit of this, a bit of lilac


today's bouquet

lilac, euonymus, chive blossom, and some sort of blue bell


today's bouquet

japanese tree peony


today's bouquet

the kid edition - dandelion, dogwood, clover, lilac


Wrought Gothic

I found the books of Steph Swainston about five years ago and avidly down tracked the four she had written to date. After a hiatus from writing, Steph is back with 3 new books planned. 

It has been my great fortune to get to know her over the past few months and I even have had the privilege of designing a cover for a small press book of hers that came out in The Netherlands as well as illustrating something that will appear in her forthcoming book this fall with Gollancz.

As an even greater gracious privilege she has allowed me to use some of her character sketches and background material from her Fourlands series and do a small book from my own Air and Nothingness Press (aanpress.com).

The books arrived today and if you are interested in her imaginative world I hope you will consider buying one. With this being my own publishing effort I can add a few extra design details into the mix. The cover to this 52 page book features french flaps which fold out to display some amazing woodcut illustrations by Paul Landacre which evoke very well the feel of the Fourlands (the b0ok also has a map of the Fourlands illustrated by me within its pages).

If you are an admirer of Steph's writing this would make a great addition to your collection.

today's bouquet

dogwood, lilac, apple

today's bouquet



japanese style tool box with wedge lock

a nice day out and time means i can start to take photos of some of the backlog of things i have been working on the last few months. this is a tool box made out of pine 12" x 12" x 24" in a japanese style with a wedge lock. i like how the handles are flush with the ends and i am fairly certain the slaps on the top allow you to use it as a mini sawhorse and/or set of bench dogs. was fun to build and i think i will be doing some others to sell. the wedge locking/sliding lid system is genius


today's bouquet

time for a new growing season

daffodils, peach branch, forsythia