Thursday, January 10, 2013

January is for Hibernation

For me, January is for hibernation. For James it is time to build another mandolin. He actually began this journey after his two fall shows were done.
This year James was asked to become part of the Images group who hold an annual one day show of beautiful quality art work and James also had a Nov and Dec show of his work at Kingfisher Used Books & Quality Coffee.
James has done a sizable body of fall landscapes of the valley here.
  Now most days find him in his studio working the wonders on this his newest project.

The front of this instrument (sound board) is of spruce and the back is of a repurposed wood from an antique, and rough hewn piece of Brazilian furniture.  It's Massaranduba ( Brazilian Redwood ) one of the hardest hardwoods in South America and it has been a challenge but should be a lovely instrument when he is done.

This fall James set up the bottom of an old card display as a rather impromptu feeder and the birds love it. We have a great variety of the little guys: juncos, gold finches, red polls, chickadees, nuthatches and a few others. It is a busy place.

 And then we have this other saucy little customer.
He is allowed as long as it's a peaceable kingdom.