Monday, May 19, 2008

Some of Tammy's Cakes from the last week

The first cake is a creation after a Christmas ornament for some friends of ours. Each year the daughter get's to pick a new Christmas ornament for the tree. The Parents and Daughter liked this years ornament so much they decided to have her Birthday cake made to look like it. It's a Curious George coming out of a present. Everything but the lid is edible, and you can see the actual ornament in the first pic. The main present is all cake, and George is molded out of Rice Crispies.

Next is a cake made for some friends this weekend. Very big Scooby fan so Tammy made it look like Scooby was coming out of the cake. You can see pieces of the frosting breaking open or on his face to add to the effect.

And the final one was for a Baby shower done this weekend as well. Another great looking cake by Tammy with a little baby sleeping on the shape of the moon. They were very pleased with this cake.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Dale Nish Collection - Open House April 2008

As mentioned in a prior post, during the Craft Supplies class the class had the opportunity to attend an open house at Dale Nish's to see his collection of turnings he's collected over the years. To say this collection was impressive would not do it justice. I'm posting a small amount of the pictures I took just to give you an idea of the quantity and quality on display, but there is many more pictures I took that I just couldn't fit in the post.

In Dale's living room there was 2 good sized display cases of turnings. Some shots below of one of the cases. (I imagine the display cases are a requirement to cut down on the dusting) :-)

A collection of smaller turnings. Most of these are 3-4" tall.

There were also some pieces more prominently on display. Below is a great platter with a beautiful feather inlay.
A very impressive piece from Ray Allen on display. This was a segmented piece approx 2' wide
One of the Signature Puzzle pieces by a gentleman who's name escapes me right now. The bird is not part of the piece but in the background.

One of Dale Nish's unmistakable pieces. It's amazing how he makes a wood platter look so much like basket weave.
A fantastic Segmented piece that was as impressive on the inside as it was from the outside.
A Northfolk pine piece with amazing translucence.

Dale also had an Office full of turned pieces that were simply amazing. Below is a walnut hollow form that I really really like.

I believe this may be one of Rex Burningham's pieces. I really enjoy these natural edge burl cap pieces. The color and shape of them is great.

This is a great segmented piece that was done during a class there at Craft Supplies. After the demo was done, they evidently decided not to part if from the face plate and just leave it as it. A great looking piece like this.
I really liked the embellishment put on this piece. The black portion is a carved wavy 'crack'? that really added to the design of the piece.

I believe this is one of Johannes Michelsen's turned cowboy hats.. these are amazing turned and shaped hats. And weigh less than one from Felt.

I really liked the natural edge top to this hollow form.

Can you see the spider?
Some turned fruit, and mushrooms.
The piece in the bottom right corner is a natural edge rim with a parted away center ball. The amazing part is that the ball is parted from the rim, but still contained in it so that it spins freely but will not separate from the rim.

A very impressive wall hanging segmented piece. Each color variation is a different piece of wood.
Dale pointed out to us that he and his son's built this house he and his wife lives in. This is a picture of the Front door that they made.
And pictures of the collection would not be complete without some of Dales wonderful Birdhouses
and a Shot of Eric holding one of Dale's signature pieces.

Some Thursday Humor

A backward poet writes inverse.
In a democracy it's your vote that counts; in feudalism, it's your Count that votes.
A chicken crossing the road; poultry in motion.
If you don't pay your exorcist you can get repossessed.
With her marriage she got a new name and a dress.
Show me a piano falling down a mineshaft and I'll show you A-flat miner.
The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine is now fully recovered.
A grenade fell onto a kitchen floor in France, resulted in Linoleum Blownapart.
You are stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.
Local Area Network in Australia; The LAN down under.
He broke into song because he couldn't find the key.
A calendar's days are numbered.
A lot of money is tainted: 'Taint yours, and 'taint mine.
A boiled egg is hard to beat.
He had a photographic memory, which was never developed.
A plateau is a high form of flattery.
If you jump off a Paris bridge, you are in Seine.
When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she'd dye.
Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis.
Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.
Acupuncture: a jab well done.