Posted on January 18, 2019
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.
Posted on December 14, 2018
Posted on November 12, 2018
Posted on July 25, 2018
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!
Posted on July 12, 2018
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.
Posted on May 25, 2018
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.
Posted on May 8, 2018
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.
Posted on November 15, 2017
Red Oak Slab Table with Black Walnut Butterfly Inlay and Runic Verse from the Vǫluspá in the Old Norse Poetic Edda
Posted on November 14, 2017
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:
Ár var alda
þar er Ymir byggði,
vara sandr né sær
né svalar unnir,
jörð fannst æva
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,
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