I used 240 colored pencils and Artresin into a fun vase. I hope you like the video.
So what’s been up with you? My life is pretty random. Some people are known for doing one thing. For some reason my brain can’t. I need to make things and learn new things.
I think I have artistic ADD!
Over the last year I have become engrossed in wood turning. While I love it, I have had the desire to make knives too. I have been watching YouTube and it looks so much fun!
So much fun I decided to buy some steel and with a grinder and a hell of a lot of hand sanding I finally made my own 8″ chef knives. I still plan on turning bowls but for now I plan on honing my knife making skills. Here are my first two knives. Thoughts?
Hope everyone is having a great summer!
I wanted to fly my drone tonight but lately I have only flew it with the safety mode on. I didn’t want it to fly away or crash. Tonight I decided to go for it. Earlier I was think about the turtle. It doesn’t like to go backwards but to go forward it has to stick it’s neck out. If your in the same boat as I was. I would tell you to go for it! It might be scary but the view from the top is awesome!
Ah, city life. It’s good for a few things but for me, at the end of the day it’s repressive, stale and overwhelming at times. So many people in such a small place. When you walk down the street the rule is look forward and don’t make eye contact, or the person may say hi and ask you how you are.
For me, living in a major city is like sleep having deprivation. My body is always tired and never feels totally rested. The longer I stay, the more clouded my mind feels. After a while you just lose sensation and drone on, going through the motions, one foot following the other.
In times like this, I think of the great wanderers like John Muir, Grandma Gatewood and other naturalists who found joy in leaving the crowded populations for something more. While it’s one of my life goals to walk the Appalachian Trail, for now I will just have to settle for smaller section hikes and daily walks.
“Few places in this world are more dangerous than home. Fear not, therefore, to try the mountain passes. They will kill care, save you from deadly apathy, set you free, and call forth every faculty into vigorous, enthusiastic action.” John Muir
Walking lately has been such a breath of fresh air. Clearing the cobwebs of my mind and getting me out of the city funk that has held me for far too long. I’ve noticed too that the rest of my family has benefited from our hikes and camping trips. My kids who are forever attached to some electronic device have started looking less grim when I say let’s go adventuring today. They are also fighting less. My wife who is always as beautiful as a shining star looks even more remarkably radiant when she’s out in the woods.
Last night I went on a long walk and realized I’m still letting one foot follow the other. Left foot right foot, repeat. But now it’s the journey not the destination that makes the difference. Walking at 2mph affords you the time to unplug and look around. Without the electric white noise your free to think, free to dream. T.E. Lawrence said “All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.”
Maybe it’s time to become dangerous and dream with our eyes open. What could we accomplish? Let’s take a walk and dream.
I adore gadgets and toys and all things electronic (I’m basically a 40-year-old teenager).For Christmas My wife bought me a DJI Phantom drone. (insert squeal!)
I have wanted one for a long time. I would love to be able to get images and video from places that my legs can’t carry me. The thought of hiking with the kids and seeing a drone over us, offering a different view sends me to the moon!
I wanted to make a quick video of my first Drone flight. I wish I could have flown it a few more times but Baltimore has been windy and or raining. So take a minute and check out my piloting skills. On a side note, I’m very thankful I didn’t crash it on it’s maiden voyage.
Lastly, I hope everyone had a great holiday season and a safe and happy new year! 2016 was such an adventure for me! looking back it was such a great year for creativity! I can only hope that 2017 allows me to continue to grow as a
designer, photographer, painter, sculptor… an artist : ) I hope where or whenever you read this it finds you in good health and great spirit!
Starting the first of the year my family and I will be participating in the 52 Hike Challenge. We already try to have a weekly adventure day but with the weather getting colder they will slowly stop as we bug in for the winter. I really like the idea of a challenge that will help push us through the cold parts of the season. I think it will be a good life lesson for the kids. Sometimes you have to push forward even when you don’t feel like it.
Without a hawk to hunt, I haven’t spent much time in the woods this fall except for our adventure days. Yesterday, I decided I had to get out on a trail somewhere, anywhere. It was like my mind needed to reconnect and recharge. I only hiked about 7 miles in total but I got to see a waterfall and hiked to the top of a rock formation called the King and Queen seat.
My favorite part of the day was meeting a couple from New Zealand and sitting with them on top of a rock and listening to their adventures and sharing some of their dark chocolate hot coco. After about 40 minutes we said farewell and they were off for their next adventure.
I wish I would of taken more pictures but oh well, there’s always next week.
Finally feeling better after a crummy head cold. 😷 I didn’t really have a ton of energy to do an adventure day but I had to jump on my lathe and make something.
I had a chunk or Yucatán rosewood I ordered from amazon. I figured since it wasn’t too big I could make a small bowl from it. It ended up about a 4 1/2″ bowl. The grain is very beautiful and took a mineral oil finish beautifully.
What do you guys think?
I would like to thank the person who created this award: Okoto enigma. You are an amazing and an inspiring blogger. This is really a great idea to introduce this award. It’s fun and helpful too!
This is my third nomination for this award. Thank you so much My Friend Deepika for the nomination. She is a a fantastic blogger! Her comments and posts are thoughtful and honest. My favorite thing about her blog is how many topics she can cover. Please visit her site you will love the inspirational and thought inspiring stories.
What the Award is about and why you should do this:
There are a lot of amazing blogs out there that haven’t been discovered, yet. And, most of these blogs deserve recognition. For that reason, I decided to create my own award; and nominate people who can also nominate others; and so on. This is one of the best ways to create a friendly community and build a link between bloggers in the blogosphere; as everyone gets nominated and they too can spread the fun by nominating more people for the award. I decided to call the award “Mystery Blogger Award.” Why? Because the meaning of my name, “Enigma” is “mystery.” So basically, it’s named after me; the creator. Plus, I think it’s cool because there are so many blogs that are still a mystery to us; and when we get to know them, it’s divine! And we find friends where we least expect.
WHAT IS MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD?
“Mystery Blogger Award” is an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging; and they do it with so much love and passion.
– Okoto Enigma
The Rules are: ( Rules by Okoto Enigma – the creator of this award) : ￼
What the Award is about and why you should do this:
You have to post these rules (Do not change any of these rules) in your blog too..I do not force everyone should do this..But by doing this we are helping each other..There are many talented bloggers out here who haven’t got enough exposure..
By re-blogging this post making your own sufficient changes (no changes for the rules) you are helping yourself and others too..If you have any question, feel free to ask..Thank you!!
Three things about me:
- I chair dance often when I’m designing.
- I love to eat peanut butter by itself.
- I’m in a band called Chili, Chips & Cheese and we make songs about chili and even have an album on iTunes and Spotify.
Questions asked to me:
- What’s your stress-buster?
Making Art, creating something from nothing. This allows my mind to go quiet and focus on just one thing.
- What is the one thing that you like about yourself?
I like that I can respond to something instead of reacting.
- Which movie/book character can you relate to or that matches your personality?
Ohhh good one! I think Sam Gribly from My Side of the Mountain. I can identify with wanting to get back to the old ways of doing things and living off the land. Plus, we are both falconers!
- Are you a morning person?
I like waking up at the Crack of Noon : ) Honestly, night time I find myself being very active and making art.
- If you could redo a mistake, which one would it be? (Weird Question)
I used to dream about being able to go back in time and fix mistakes. Maybe because I’m older, I don’t think I would change a single mistake. Every mistake I have made I learned from. It’s made me who I am. My mistakes have made me stronger : )
- What Inspires you?
- Tell me 3 things that you can do that your proud of.
- Your on a desert island and you have water and food, What’s the 2 things you have to have?
- Where do you get inspiration from?
- If Batman and Aquaman fought who would win and Why? (Weird Question)
Link to my best post:
As for Nominations, whoever reads this post is nominated!