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September 26, 2017

I am happy to announce that I was one of four recipients for the July Artist Accelerator Grant from the Arts Commission!  A CASH award for just about anything an artist would want/need to pursue their craft, in my case some engraving wheels for my lathe!

I bought this lathe in 2012.  It is an old 'Sommer and Macha' lathe; solid cast iron and battleship grey. This beast came out of a basement in Chicago and was transported to Toledo along with several other pieces of large cold working equipment.  At the time, I wasn't even sure if it ran and the shaft and bearings needed an update.  A few years later I had a new shaft turned and got some new bearings.  The lathe got moved to our home when we bought it and sat under plastic for another year or two.  Finally I happened across a motor with controller at the right price and I was almost in business.

In early 2016, I finally put all the pieces together and gave it a test.  It all worked and the shaft tu...

March 21, 2017

I am happy to say that the Onion Bottles above the big windows at Black Kite are now a permanent part of a great local establishment.

The Black Kite Onion Bottles have been a part of the unique local flavor of Black Kite Coffee and Pies since November 2015.  This installation has 116 objects ranging in size from 18-40 inches and 4-6 inches in diameter.  These Onion Bottles had been used in a few different installations and iterations until my wife noticed a space of a certain size, that was well supplied with natural light, and in need of a little color.  At the time of the installation, there wasn't really much talk of a timeline for the piece, so it stayed put for quite a while.  The bottles were completely at home in the space above the windows.

Recently, taking stock of my glass, I was reminded of the bottles and decided that it was time to de-install.  Fortunately, the stars aligned to make these objects a permanent part of the coffee shop.  Rightly so too, I really d...

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