Turning my first box on my lathe. 

Tonight I decided to make a lidded box. I had a piece of cherry wood from my church that had pretty coloring and grain pattern. It’s about the size of a coke can. This was the first time I have made one. It took me about two hours in total. 

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I’m covered in man glitter ✨ 

Tonight was such a fun night. I had a great dinner with my family then went into my workshop with the idea of finally doing something with a chunk of burl wood brought back from Maine. The burl was pretty small, but had some wild patterns. Because it was small I had time to make another bowl. It’s a rewarding feeling being covered in wood shavings or as I call them man glitter.  ✨

I hope everyone had an awesomely amazing day! 

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Turning a cherry wood bowl

Wow, I have started this post about 4 times. My goal was to say something clever and show my art project for tonight. I think I ran out of clever. Laziness is kicking in pretty hard. Ummmm soft bed is calling…. ok my next post will be clever. So here’s what I did tonight.  

Goodnight and stay Random 👾

What can you find in a scrap of wood?


One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

I love the idea of taking an item that’s to be tossed away and turning it to something useful or pretty. With wood turning and wood carving one log can contain so many hidden gems.

I have recently started wood working as a side hobby. I’m self taught, so I think my progress will be slower then someone in a wood turning class, but I don’t really mind. While I’m learning I’m getting so many benefits. Seeing the wood shavings come off in a ribbon is so peaceful. I love the smell of the wet green wood. Seeing the wood reduce to the shape you see in your mind is enough to make me keep going.

Eventually I’ll get better 😬

Stay Random!

Welcome! What do you do?

artfullyrandom_art makes you happy.jpgWhat do you do? I wonder if that’s an American phrase or if other cultures asked a similar question. To me it’s a question that hides another question.  it’s not what do you do.  it’s what defines you? 

I tell people I’m an artist but I love to do more than art. I love to paint draw, make bowls on a lathe, play guitar and design graphics and website, make soap and fly falcons. 

I don’t know if I have ADD but I can never just do one thing. Some of my friends just do one thing and they do it well. I wish I could be like them. I’d love to have one focus and hone it daily. 

Maybe I’m a wandering generality. Maybe I’m just a random guy who has add. Whatever I am, I wanted a way to show other people how to do fun stuff like make soap or carve a bowl or whatever random thing that’s caught my attention. So I thought a blog would be a fun platform. 

So welcome to my blog. I hope you like the random things I make. 

Stay Random : )

Dom