This plane dates from the third quarter of the 1800's most likely, although it is not possible to put a precise date on it. It is a wonderfully engineered tool that has a flexible adjustable sole and can plane concave as well as convex surfaces. It still gets a workout from time to time in my workshop.
This is one of 8 dining chairs commissioned with the dining table and other furniture. Made from beautiful, highly figured curly and birdseye maple, upholstered in supple hide, hand rubbed oil finish and waxed.
The theme for this week is "Technology". Does it not seem ridiculous, when half the world has no bread to eat, that so much technology has been invested into making toast? In contrast the bread in here is a staple food for so many and is made in a time honoured traditional way, from sourdough. So old meets new. From the days before Smart Toasters: Streetband - Toast
A field trip last weekend took me to Crystal Falls, which is deeply hidden in the woods, not altogether easy to find. It was my second trip to the falls, my second time to get lost going there. The falls are featured (from my first trip) a little later in this album.
I have had too much studio work lately which has kept me from posting on G+, so I hope this makes up for it.
I was seduced by the wonderful colours reflected in the water about 10 minutes after the sun disappeared from sight. So vivid. Almost surreal. Not taken this week as it has rained most evenings for a while now.
It is quite amazing the advances that have been made in digital photography since the days when I took this picture on my Canon D30, Canon's first DSLR camera to be released, sporting a massive 3 MP sensor!
At the time I was shooting in jpg (ouch) as I was not yet aware of the advantages of raw images. I became so, shortly afterwards.
This was my first (and only so far) trip to Niagara Falls. The falls that you see in the distance are on the US side, while the Maid of the Mist is heading toward the Canadian falls which are to my right and behind where I was standing.
These allow your imagination to go wild. These are all taken approximately 3x life size, so it's an adventure into the things that we can't see with the naked eye. Most of the time they are just annoyances as they prevent us seeing through our windows.
I'm not sure what this says about my town, but it might be that the art/sport of Shoe Tossing is alive and well in Canning 'My (current) Home Town'. Personally I believe that they belong to a trainee tightrope walker. For more information on Shoe Tossing, for the curious: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shoe_tossing
Fog Clinging to Blomidon, Viewed from Medford, Nova Scotia - Tide Out
We have the highest tides in the world in the Bay of Fundy (16 meters, 53 feet), so the view is constantly changing. The other evening as the sun was setting the tide was out and the cliff of Blomidon was encapsulated in a shroud of fog, the likes of which we had never seen. We were on the cliffs of Medford at the time. To give you an idea of the expanse, you can see the people walking in the foreground. The tide goes out and comes in at an incredible speed, so walkers have to be very careful not to be caught by incoming tides that cut them off from land.
As we were leaving Waterloo, Québec to head back to Nova Scotia, it was raining and overcast. These corn fields on the side of the road had a beautiful light quality about them, with the metal farm buildings behind.
From temperatures of -17C just a day or two ago, this morning we were faced with +9C. The huge extremes in temperature created this wonderful fog that bathed the landscape, producing these ethereal scenes.
After lunch we came back to the beach as the sky had become more interesting. So here is another shot of the same beach. There must have been a line of 1/2 km or more, 18" wide or so, of strawberries. And that's just the amount of beach that I could see.
The Hunter's Moon last night, also known as the Harvest Moon. The colour of the sky was a lovely soft mauve with pink and blue. My submission for this week's them for the Weekly Photo Theme project, in which I have fallen behind. (Shared this in the wrong album the first time, so am reposting)
Medusa - Collaborative work by myself and metal artist Elizabeth Goluch
Sculptural piece in African Blackwood, turned, pierced and carved, Sterling silver, oxydized and Snakewood. This piece opens (the top cap) ) to reveal a snakewood lined cavity which contains a wearable pendant. This pendant is the Medusa head, with snake hair (the snakes are moveable) and chain links in the shape of a snake per link. Detailed images of the head and others are seen in this gallery. The piece is approximately 9" high and sits on black plate glass.
This girl was the only one of her breed on the dairy farm near where we live. The rest of the cows are Jerseys. The reason they always have one like her is that when their mother came to the farm to marry their father, she was given one of these cattle to bring with her. So it is a sentimental tradtion that they like to keep up. She also likes to wear odd earrings! (That's because she's a modern girl, of course.)