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“I wish I had his job. He’s living my dream.”

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Practice pieces. Carving and stamping flowers, vines and leaves.

An old friend of mine said that to my wife a few years ago.  He was a lawyer, and had been for many years.  He passed away a while back, far too young, and I was just thinking about him, and what he’d said to her about this “job” of mine.

I love what I do.  Most of the time.  I suppose most folks that have chased a dream, do.  I worked in the legal field for many years, but for me, it was like trying to nail Jello to a tree.  Constant stress, and no sense of worthy accomplishment.  Even good outcomes were intangible, and rarely, if ever, good for both sides.  I don’t miss it.

With this gig, it’s different.  It’s not all wonder and awe–it has its moments.  But, even when it’s bad, it’s awful damn good.

 

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Mike Stinnett hand carving a copperhead cane. Incredible.

Awesome video of the making of a Copperhead cane by artist Mike Stinnett in Eastern Oregon.  Amazing what some folks can do with a single, simple piece of wood.  Talent and patience.

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In “awl” seriousness…this is the best DVD on hand-sewing I’ve ever seen.

I’m a huge fan of hand-sewing leather.  Tapered, beeswaxed linen thread.  Polished, razor sharp awl blades.  Band-Aids, taped fingers.  I love everything about it.  Not to mention the strength and beauty of the stitching when it’s done right.

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This DVD covers everything–from tapering linen thread, to the proper threading of the needles.  Sharpening, polishing and “tuning” of your awl blades, and the actual sewing itself.  The headstall project’s a handy real world example of what’s possible.  Highly recommended.  75 minutes in length, and packed full of information.

Awl hafts and blades from Barry King Tools.  You can order the DVD from TJ at Schwarz Productions.com