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Things we don't forget


Firstly, this has nothing to do with woodworking or any sort of crafts. It has to do with memorable high points in my past which I'm sure we all have a few that stand out . This particular incident occured probably around 25-30 years ago and the young lady involved is now a middle aged woman who probably doesn't remember the incident. You who have read my bio are aware that I am a retired paramedic, this happened shortly after I first obtained my paramedic cert. A summer weekend and I'm on call in a rural community about 40 miles from the hospital. We receive a 911 for an injury to a child in the city park. On arrival we find a young girl around 1... » Read More

Cyanoacrylate glue


CA glue, something a lot of us use. Something to most definitely keep out of your eye which I did not. Now, before everyone starts to think I'm a complete dummy let me explain the circumstance. This was also a lesson on putting things in their proper place when finished with them.  I had just finished turning a pen from antler for a friend when it became porous as I was nearing completion. CA glue combined with fine emory works very well for filling those annoying little pores. after I finished and was doing the final sanding I set the glue down by the lathe, my first mistake.  Next morning, started on a second pen. The Gatsby that's now i... » Read More

Welcome to my blog!


Thank you for stopping by my Artfire Studio Blog. I have just settled in, so be sure to check back soon for updates!... » Read More

Chocolate Gravy


When I was young, which was a long time ago, the menu was such that most kids today would run, not walk, away from the table. Some of the things served would more than likely back me up a bit too if served today. Things like clabber, hog brains scrambled with eggs come to mind. Don't believe I could eat those at gun point today. But, some of the items were good then and still are. One of those things was Chocolate gravy.    When I got fed up with EMS in the metroplex and started looking for a place to go I ended up in a small town in west,central Texas where I finished my career as a paramedic. One night at the nurses station we were discu... » Read More

A learning experience


So I decided I wanted to turn some cholla cactus, it shouldn't be a lot different than turning other materials, all I needed to do was fill in all of the openings in the cholla skelton, right?  Now begins my learning experience.   One of the things about Cholla is the inside is hollow and uneven and my pen tube would go in about 3/4 of an inch and no futher so, off to the drill press and set up a 11/64 drill bit to chase the inside. Here came my first lesson. Can't do that with a brad point bit. Pieces of cholla were like shrapnel with about a 1/2 inch piece firmly implanted in my thumb. Now my shop is a woodshop so the odds of h... » Read More

Pen Turning


There's a bunch of us who turn pens and assorted other projects on a lathe and there's even more who express their talents in other ways. For those others I thought I would explain the process I use to make a pen  First, I determine which trim I want to use and which wood would most compliment it usually going through several wood samples before I find a combination I like. I then start cutting out my blanks which is generaly working a rather large log down to a managable size where, often as not, I find the grain I intially liked is gone which starts the process over again. Once I find the piece I like I then cut a 3/4 X 3/4 X 6-7 in... » Read More
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