Monday, August 25, 2008

The Bronze Chair

Title: "He was left handed."
One more way I spent time this summer was making chairs out of wax.
This one I decided to pour in bronze
Tom helped me name it
Tom and Richard, my Patina friends at Adonis Bronze.

Me and Puff the Magic Dragon

Painting murals in my basement was a splendid way to spend summer nights. I love that rascal Puff : )

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Me, Boo, and the Virgin River

I spent a fair amount of time this summer in Zion National Park. Durring the day it feels like your in the middle of the Sahara Desert, so it is necessary to take multiple trips down the Virgin, which is conveniently located right behind "The Fort". (I can explain more about that later) My dog Boo has turned into a river dog. He jumps from tube to tube, swims pretty well considering his paws are the size of quarters. The river is way mild, and the biggest hazard is when Boo decides to shake the water he has aquired off and he is standing on you. His little feet turn into daggers, and could drive themselves through a few layers of skin.
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Saturday, August 9, 2008

The Summer Job

Alaska didn't work out, neither did Portland, Seattle, Copenhagen or New Zealand. Alpine, Utah was where I ended up. Home sweet home. I slept on my floor in my room for the first few weeks, then a spot opened up in my little brothers room. (mine is filled with stained glass scraps and different projects I have been working on for years) I transformed it into a studioish space. I figured I could get a job at the bronze foundry I worked at last summer, and I did. I planned on riding my bike to work, and I mostly did. I was a wax chaser, just like I was the year before. We, wax chasers, fix up the wax forms of sculptures and prepare them to be poured in bronze. Some times we have to sculpt new noses and fingers but mostly it is just getting rid of the lines where they joined the pieces together, the seam. Lucky for me I worked with the same crew I worked with last year. Karen, Shari, Sherry, Joe, Beatrice, Gina, and Jana, she is the new one. Shari is a punk rocker at heart and makes very tasty HERBAL tea. Karen is the one you go to when you get burnt or cut, and she makes excellent banana bread. Sherry makes strange animal sounds throughout the day, throws wax and has a very contagious laugh. Dang it I don't think I have spell check on this thing... oh well. Joe. He is the only boy in the room. He can talk in any accent on this planet and most likely the surrounding ones, his wife always does really nice things for the rest of us. Beatrice is from Columbia, she doesn't like spicy food, and she is a fast worker and probably the best. Jana is married to Ricki, she also works at hearts and she still manages to be a great mom. Gina is our personal psychiatrist, and health advocate. She makes sure we are happy and healthy, and does the gardening. I hope I can be like all of them one day. My friend Travis took these pictures of me at work for a project he is working on, on a normal day I would have wax smudges everywhere.