Winter camping/ski trip in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of northern Minnesota

Here are a few photos from a winter camping and cross country ski trip with a friend to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area near Ely, MN. We had some lovely weather aside from every lake having a layer of slush to ski through and it was a unique experience for me as my first trip the the BWCA. Luckily we had a packed trail from dog sled teams to carry us over the slush for most of the skiing.

Winter Hoarfrost in Minnesota

Fall Woodworking Update

Here are a few project updates for my new woodworking projects this year. I tried to make a few new ideas including a burning log lamp and wood sided bags. I hope you enjoy the update!

2018 Show Schedule

July 1st   Brainerd Arts in the Park

July 14th   Moose Lake Arts in the Park/Agate Days

July 27th – 29th   Ely Blueberry Festival

August 4th – 5th   Grand Rapids Tall Timber Days

September 8th   Little Falls Arts in the Park

September 29th   Crosslake Arts in the Park

October 6th – 7th   Stillwater, Rivertown Fall Art Festival

November 9th – 10th   Owatonna Santa’s Cellar

 

You can find me at all of these shows this summer if  you are interested in seeing my photography or woodworking in person!

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Summer Woodworking Projects II

This is a Shou Sugi Ban charred cedar breakfast table with white pine trim and metal hairpin legs. Shou Sugi Ban is a Japanese style of wood finishing involving charring cedar wood planks in order to protect the wood from insects, weather, and fire and providing a unique dark look to the wood which contrasts nicely with the light pine surround.

Summer Woodworking Projects

Here is a quick update of a few of my recent woodworking projects from this spring and summer. The coffee table, sofa table, jewelry box, and magnetic knife block are made from black walnut wood which my great-grandfather cut and milled decades ago from our family farm in southern Minnesota. The oak desk/breakfast table is made from live edge wood that we milled with a chainsaw from an old dead oak tree on the same farm/woodlands of our family. The interesting character to the wood is from partial rot, weather damage, and insects and makes for a very unique piece.

 

Road Trip through England and Scotland

I recently had the opportunity to road trip around England and Scotland with my English friend James and his wonderful, and convenient, driving and tour-guiding. We managed to drive around the United Kingdom; visiting London, Canterbury, Winchester, Oxford, Stonehenge, The Cotswolds, Birmingham, The Lake District, Hadrian’s wall, Edinburgh, Glencoe, the Isle of Skye, John o’ Groats, Inverness, Loch Ness, Lindisfarne, York, Sutton Hoo, Canewdon, and Southend on Sea, as well as many, many stops along the way. This was a wonderful journey with great history, architecture, landscapes, and natural beauty to photograph along the way.

Switzerland, Germany, France, and the Netherlands – Traveling the Rhine

I recently was invited on a cruise of the Rhine River with my parents, aunt, and grandparents. The trip began in Lucerne, Switzerland before boarding a riverboat in  Basel, Switzerland and sailing up the Rhine River. The trip stopped in a number of locations along and near the Rhine including Breisach, Germany; the Black Forest; Colmar, France; Strasbourg, France; Heidelberg, Germany; Rudesheim, Germany; Koblenz, Germany; Marksburg Castle, Germany; Cologne, Germany; Bruhl, Germany; Kinderdijk, Netherlands; and Amsterdam, Netherlands. The trip included many castles, palaces, cathedrals, and windmills; some of which are included in this gallery.

Tolkien Minnesota Map Pine Table

A second attempt at creating a MN and surrounding lands fantasy map in the spirit of J.R.R. Tolkien. Larger and more detailed and on a lodge-pole pine table this time!

Red Oak Slab Table with Black Walnut Butterfly Inlay and Runic Verse from the Vǫluspá in the Old Norse Poetic Edda

This end table is made from a chainsaw cut naturally fallen oak tree from southern MN. The edges are chiseled free of bark and rot and dried for over a year. The crack which opened up during the drying process has been held together by three black walnut butterfly inlays for strength and decoration. The oak slab is mounted on raw steel legs which also brace the cracks in the wood. Around the edge is an Old Norse verse written in Elder Futhark runes from the Vǫluspá in the Poetic Edda.

The verse reads:

Vǫluspá 3                                                                                               

Ár var alda

þar er Ymir byggði,

vara sandr né sær

né svalar unnir,

jörð fannst æva

né upphiminn,

gap var Ginnunga,

en gras hvergi.

The Seeress´s Prophecy 3

Young were the years,

when Ymir made his settlement,

there was no sand nor sea,

nor cool waves,

earth was nowhere

nor the sky above,

chaos yawned,

grass was nowhere.

The English translations are from The Poetic Edda: A New Translation by Carolyne Larrington. Oxford University Press. 1996

ᚨᚱ ᚹᚨᚱ ᚨᛚᛞᚨ ᚦᚨᚱ ᛖᚱ ᛉᛗᛁᚱ ᛒᛉᚷᚷᚦᛁ ᚹᚨᚱᚨ ᛊᚨᚾᛞᚱ ᚾᛖ ᛊᛇᚱ ᚾᛖ ᛊᚹᚨᛚᚨᚱ ᚢᚾᚾᛁᚱ ᛃᛟᚱᚦ ᚠᚨᚾᚾᛊᛏ ᛇᚨ ᚾᛖ ᚢᛈᛈᚺᛁᛗᛁᚾᚾ ᚷᚨᛈ ᚨᚱ ᚷᛁᚾᚾᚢᚾᚷᚨ ᛖᚾ ᚷᚱᚨᛊ ᚺᛖᚱᚷᛁ