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post #1 of 6 Old 10-11-2012, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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Mesquite Art Festival and Hey Yall!

First off, rest assured I am not abandoning woodworking or turning, just trying to concentrate on grad school and preform well. When you take 14 years off, its a little daunting jumping back in with 9 hours of MBA work. Suffice to say, I've been studying HARD and it paid off tonight when I literally ACED my Statistic final! Didn't see that coming at all...

Anyhow, tomorrow my father in law and I are going to this:
http://www.texasmesquiteassn.org/fbgshow.html

It should be alot of fun. I was wondering if anyone else was headed out there.

Anyhow, I have not been completely idle....I took a study break a couple days ago and turned this:
Mesquite Art Festival and Hey Yall!-bowlo-001.jpg

Just a generic paste wax finish on it. I like the shape though.

I have a ton of wood out back so when the semester ends....if I'm not working like a fool to pay for this academic misadventure, I'll get some turning done. I have made some templates to cut segment pieces on the miter saw and just need to get the band saw lined out to get my wood to the proper dimensions to throw on there.

I also did a little thumbnail survey of the ranch and the wood available. Plenty of oak (meh) lots of mesquite and cedar and alot more of the Nogalito(Texas Walnut) than I originally thought. The way the creek flows (ie, mostly doesn't but pretty scary when it does) really causes it to grow funny. Big, bushy looking things with large, solid, woody trunks underneath.....so lots of good turning wood.

So...I will be busy....at some point....I have one more exam on Tuesday then will be able to slack off a little and turn some. So....stay tuned.
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Good for you horatio. What are you studying?
And that show looks like fun.
Have a good time.

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Good for you horatio. What are you studying?
And that show looks like fun.
Have a good time.
MBA. Taking Statistics/Economics, Management, and Finance this semester. 9 hours is a full load for grad school.

I'm enjoying it....went back to my alma mater Texas State, amazing how much the school has grown....34,000 student enrollment and new buildings everywhere.
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very nice bowl....The TMA have two festivals each year...the spring one is held here in San Angelo...at the old Fort Concho...I've attended for the last couple of years...always have some really neat mesquite items...some of our local turners and craft maker sell at both shows....hope you have a fun and safe trip!!!!
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It was AWESOME! I was truly astounded and impressed by the level of craftsmanship and skill I saw but more important to me was how friendly everyone was. After it became clear I'm poor and not in the market to buy anything, I had a number of in depth conversations with far more skilled woodworkers who were more than willing to share their knowledge.

I really had a great talk with a nice senior lady minding the booth for her husband, who does killer work....very rough and gnarly but BIG live edge vessels and such and some larger bowls. Very inspiring experience.

There was one fella who was the segmenting 'technician'....album of pics of his work as well as his shop with his jigs and setups....his work was amazing, 1000+ piece vessels, some cool 3D scrollwork(done by his wife) and all kinds of great stuff. But really, the bulk of it was single species turnings, alot of mesquite but plenty of other as well. Just the size, consistent quality, inlays, filling/stabilization(alot of turquoise) and those type of techniques were really amazing.

I'm inspired.....
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You know the rule right?
No pics it didn't happen. Lol
So you didn't go to the show did you?

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