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...
Thanks to everyone who came out for Firenation's Spring Open House to see my demo of the Wacky Banana! I had a great time; the crowd was awesome, my assistants were spot on, and Matt and the Firenation Crew were generous as always. Check out the gallery below for some great photos of the demo. Friend and photographer Bill Hamilton does a fantastic job telling the story of the Wacky Banana. Stay tuned for a photo of the finished piece!
I just received notice that I will be participating in the Spring Edition of Handmade Toledo's Maker's Mart! This is an awesome, one day, bonanza of an arts/crafts show. It runs from 10am-8pm and will be jam-packed with some of the coolest, hippest, tastiest craft vendors from Northwest Ohio and beyond! Make sure you come out May 7 (just before Mother's Day for all you last minute gifters) and buy local!