MAY 4, 2011

It is difficult to keep a blog in consecutive order. So many things happen in the course of the week that some events get lost. I do not want that to happen with my day at the Schenk School in Atlanta. I arrived last Monday to stay at the home of Steve Shaw who teaches Art at the School. He is a wonderful artist and human being. I was welcomed immediately with food, beer and great company. A couple weeks ahead of time I had put out a call for assistance to the Atlanta Woodturners. Three people from that group came to meet me at 8:00 in the morning with lathes in hand (or in truck). The generosity of spirit once again is encouraging to me. Denis, Dan and Bob took time out of their busy schedules to help me all day long with 80 kids. If they had not volunteered I would have done a project about shaping and forming with rasps, files and sandpaper. Their involvement allowed every kid in all the classes that visited to turn something on the lathe. The kids were 2nd grade through 6th. It was a whirlwind of a day. From there I went on to the Southern States Symposium. I gave 6 demonstrations and had a positive response from all. I developed a talk called turning with your mind years ago when I saw that many woodturners were making projects based on the tools they had as opposed to conceiving and ideas and getting tools to match the vision. It has taken years to hone it down to a succinct one hour and thirty minute talk. I am finally feeling good about it. I got to reconnect with friends I have met along my one-year journey, (I think of them as old friends) and meet some new friends. I left the symposium yesterday afternoon knowing I would end up this afternoon in Penland NC but not knowing where I would spend the night. I looked for a campground but exhaustion overcame me and I had to get a hotel room. I checked in at 8:00 and was sound asleep by 10:00 and just got up an hour ago (9:00 am). What a crazy journey this has been. I realized when I left the symposium how relaxed I have become about travel. I had not even thought about my trip to Penland. Just get in the car, plug the final destination in the GPS and see what happens along the way.

Schenck School

Steve Shaw's Art work

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