"Goldie" look-a-like tutorial in the July Issue
This collaborative piece was made by Judy Ditmer and yours truly. Judy is a master woodturner and skilled craftswoman. It was an honor to participate in the project. This little sculpture will be available at the American Association of Woodturner's symposium this week, to benefit the AAW and Beads of Courage.
Photographs courtesy of Judy Ditmer.
Red symbolized war, strength and power. White was a symbol of mourning, but could also represent peace. Blue symbolized wisdom and confidence. When I see the wild horses grazing along the Salt River, I wonder if their bloodlines trace back to the war horses of old. A time long past, when bald eagles soared over the rocky banks and the loyal companions carried brave warriors into battle.
Last Summer, I discovered my life's passion... Tubing.
Floating down the river without a care in the world. Fish nibbling at my toes. Soaking up the sun while slathered in SPF 110 sunscreen. The adrenaline rush of spotting a
snake stick in the water. Imagine the exhilaration of riding the rapids while friends try to pelt each other with wet jumbo marshmallows. One hasn't lived life until they have felt the soft mush of a river-soaked mallow bean them upside the head. I'm currently in the process of finding sponsors to financially back my professional tubing career.... kind of like Nascar, but with sponsorship stickers on my tube, sunhat, sunglasses, and swimsuit. Wish me luck!
Confession: Creating a new sculptural design is always a learning process. Even after 11 years at the torch, I find some designs extremely challenging. During the torching process, mistakes occur when I hit the proverbial wall.
minutes ticking away...
pure exhaustion of the mind and hands...
the breaking point when one chooses to continue or surrender to the beckon of the quenching bowl.
Three hours into the first torch session for the design, I forgot to add the layered dots on the caterpillar's side. Truth be told, I am my worst critic. After the initial attempt, I reassess the approach, reorder the steps, tighten the techniques, adjust the proportions, rethink the glass color choices, and reassure myself that I can do better next time.