This has been a busy summer for Ted’s Woodshop. Our Homer summer has been unseasonably cool (downright cold) and rainy. The good news is that we haven’t run out of rain water for our gardens. The bad news is that, well, spring came late, summer hasn’t arrived, and it’s July already.
But we’ve been keeping busy in the shop. Ted spends a lot of his summer shop hours turning and finishing the items that are “best sellers” at Ptarmigan Arts Gallery and Diamond Ridge Art Studio on the Homer Spit. Ice cream scoops, pizza cutters, corkscrew bottle stoppers, pie and pizza servers, pens, cheese planes, and honey dippers all seem to fly off the shelves. Turning each item by hand, using no patterns or mechanically-aided guides, Ted juggles a lot of projects at once.
July Photography Show
We spent considerable time in June getting ready for Ted’s July 7-9 solo show of camera trap photography at Ptarmigan Arts. We had a collection of turned wooden shorebirds, photo cards and prints, and metal prints available for sale. Ted was on hand to demonstrate his equipment and talk with visitors (many from out of town) about his photography hobby and living in Homer.
Bowls for Sale
In the last ten days we’ve sold four of Ted’s bowls. Some of these sales came through our online store and some through Ptarmigan Arts Gallery. “Southwest” and “Lucky 7” (both dizzy bowls), “A Little Rough Around the Edges” (a maple burl bowl), and an ambrosia maple bowl that I simply can’t recall — and why don’t we have a photo? — all have happy new homes.
So while this continues to be a busy summer for Ted’s Woodshop, we’re always thinking ahead. The winter projects list includes “new bowls” and “fish trivets” and then who knows? There’s almost no limit to what you can do with some nice wood, a lathe, a finishing room, and boundless patience.