Turned Wooden Bowls

Spring Cleaning – Wooden Bowls and Boxes

Now that it’s getting into mid June of 2014, and I haven’t actually posted anything in close to six months, I think it’s high time for a new post!

Over the past few months, I’ve admittedly been fairly absent from my own web site. That’s not a formula for success now, is it? It’s been a challenge for me, as I ran into more than my share of ups and downs, which were more downs unfortunately. A bout of what I believe to have been improperly diagnosed Whooping Cough knocked me off my feet for months, from September to January, a change in my day-to-day employment from days to nights then back to days again, and some other little things each of them annoying in their own way, all managed to curtail my creative time.

Painted Anglo-Norman Wooden Box
A painted wooden box, in a style of 12th Century Anglo-Norman design.

There’s a few projects I’ve been picking away at for some time, but nothing was actually getting… finished. As anyone who’s ever been of a creative mind will tell you, that can be one of the biggest challenges to get over once you’re stuck in that place. Being surrounded by a pile of Half Done Projects™ can really sap your creativity.

There is a silver lining to all of this though. I’m at a point where I simply need to be creative. Partly from the pile of Half Done Projects™ that are threatening to overwhelm me, it’s also getting dangerously close to the time to actually try to start selling and merchanting again! First up on my list will be The War of the Trillium which is an event hosted by the provincial chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism, a medieval re-enactment group, over the last weekend in June and being help not very far from my home base.

Turned Wooden Bowls
Turned Wooden Bowls

Over the past few months, I’ve managed to almost complete a dozen wooden bowls – more Norway Maple again, almost finish two painted wooden boxes and almost get started on cleaning off my work table. Those all need to actually be finished within the next two weeks. I’m also down to only one dozen arrows again, and as I like making these – even if I don’t actually need them – I may start making more just to offer for sale, a dozen at a time. If they don’t sell, I can always have more for myself when next I need them.

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