The worst of the Summer heat has finally left Mid Missouri folks and I'm back in the shop with abandon. Those who have not spent a Summer in the Show Me state may be unaware of just how uncomfortable it can be here. Temperatures regularly hit the high 90s by mid afternoon and the heat indexes push the 110s. They say of the weather around here that if you don't like it just wait a few minutes and it will change. I find this only applies to months other than July and August. In these months the temperature builds and builds and doesn't let go until the later part of August.
August has been an amazing month for my wood shop in other ways. I have been blessed with more customers for my bowls than any other month by far. It really makes me itch to get back into the shop and create more as I read the emails of appreciation from customers across America describing how much they love their bowl and how they plan to use it. Thanks to all those you appreciate art and all things hand carved.
Now for a few of my more recent bowls:
The bowl on the left is carved from walnut. You can see the light colored sapwood on the lest of the bowl and watch the color change to the beautifully dark heart wood as the bowl descends. This one is about to go on a 3700 mile journey to Ireland as a wedding gift for a cousin of mine that's getting married in September. I hope she likes it.