I have been working diligently in my photography "studio" the last week or so. I've been on a mission to capture some of my inventory of handmade turned wood to share and add to the Store @ Baldur Studios. And, it's truly only a start.
Truth is, it's really hard to part with some of these pieces. Each piece is wholly unique in every respect. The shapes. The wood species. The finish.
One thing they all have in common, is the artist who works quietly in his garage shop, every day, sorting, and forming, and twirling the wood on his lathe.
He creates, not to make a sale, or to show his work, or even get credit (he told me he'd prefer to be "un-named" in this little venture of mine!).
He creates, just because he loves it. The tools - oh, so very cool. The wood - what to do with all those random pieces of mystery found-wood? It's often hard to recall where some of it even came from. Being in the shop. The smell of the wood shavings. The feel of the shapes in his hand. The process of creating something elegant out of a chunk of wood.
These wood pieces are all lovely, organic forms that make a fabulous vignette on a shelf or a coffee table. But better still, most are tremendously useful. And, I love that kind of art. Something beautiful that also has a purpose in life.
Surround yourself with hand-made beauty.
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Just a smattering of examples here....
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It's the dog days of summer here in the Sonoran Desert and that means that the heat can be brutally stifling. Like -- you just don't want to go outside unless it's really absolutely necessary. Or something compels you.
And in the last few weeks we have been taking moments here and there to slow down and look just a little bit closer at the beauty around us here. I wanted to share a couple of images that have just stuck in my mind. Nature inspires while it tests you.
I try to remember: don't forget to keep your eyes, and ears, and nose open for the little gems all around you each day. Try to capture them in your mind, or a photograph, or your heart.
The prickley pear pad with fresh bright green nibs.
And then the buds start to develop - always reminds me of tiny artichokes.
How dainty and ethereal - the downy white feather perched on the very edge of the prickly pear pad. This one was taken by my daughter, Sonja, at just the right moment in the late afternoon.