One of the forms that I have been exploring this year is winged bowls and in particular I've been exploring winged bowls where the wings coming down to act legs and suspend the bowl. I'm not sure what sparked my interest but some of it may to do with having come into possession of a number of pieces of wood that lent themselves well to that particular form. The first one I tried was this one made from a piece of Japanese snowball wood.
The first of my summer markets is less than a week away so I am a little behind in getting my schedule up. This summer I will be at the North Shore Green Markets Friday night market on a regular basis. The dates that I have booked are:
- May 1, 15 & 29
- June 5 &19
- July 3, 17 & 31
- August 14 & 28
- September 11 & 25
- July 4 & 18
- August 1, 15, 22 & 29
Wood turned Christmas ornaments are always a great item to make as the holiday season approaches. They sell well at craft fairs and any left over make great gifts for friends and family. Two types of turned Christmas ornaments that I have been making for a while now are ball ornaments and bell ornaments. This year I added ring turned ornaments as a third kind of turned Christmas ornament. The ball ornaments that I made this year were all made from apple wood. This was mostly just because I had it available and I like the wood. These ornaments are made in three pieces with the ball being hollowed out and then finials attached to the top and bottom. In the past I have sometimes been a bit hit and miss on the finials but this year I seemed to have it dialed in from the start and I think that they are some of my best looking finials to date.
It is nearing the end of September as I write this and the last of the summer markets just ended which means that now it is time to start preparing for the Christmas markets. This year I have committed to more shows than in past years as well as getting into more established shows so it is looking to be a very busy season.
- November 2 - St.Thomas Aquinas Christmas Craft Fair - this is a juried show has been running for over 25 years. It is a very well established show that always draws quality vendors and a large crowd of shoppers.
- November 14, 15, 16 - Shipyards Christmas Market - the North Shore Green Markets is building on the success of their Friday Night Markets in Shipbuilders square to run a Christmas market in the same location. There will be a skating rink in the square, vendors set up in the building behind the stage, food trucks and more attractions. This is running every weekend from mid-November up until Christmas and I have booked quite a few dates.
- November 21, 22, 23 - West Coast Christmas Show - this is a large show put on annually in Abbotsford that features a mix of different vendors as well as presentations from local chefs. Amongst the many exhibits visitors will find holiday gifts from around the world, jewelry & accessories, toys, specialty foods, condiments, seasonings, candy/sweets along with unique and hard to find gift items both from artisans as well as unique manufacturers.
- November 28 - Shipyards Christmas Market
- November 29, 30 - North Van Holiday Bazaar - taking over from the very successful Delbrook Christmas market that ran for many years. This show being run at Carson Graham high school on the same dates and will feature many of the same vendors that used to go to the Delbrook market.
- December 5, 6, 7 - Shipyards Christmas Market
- December 12, 13, 14 - Shipyards Christmas Market
- December 19, 20, 21 - Shipyards Christmas Market
A couple of years ago now a shot some video of a natural edge wedding goblet that I was making. Unfortunately when I went to edit it I found that my computer at the time was simply unable to manage the files and there was really too much video to post it without being edited so it sat for a while. Now that I have a new computer I came across the video files and thought I would see what I could do with it. As this is my first real attempt at editing video it is a little rough but here it is: The Making of a Natural edge Wedding goblet!!! Hope you enjoy it!